US Olympic Track and Field: Tyson Gay Races to 100 Win in London Prelude

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IJuly 13, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13:  Tyson Gay of USA wins the 100m Final during day one of the Aviva London Grand Prix  at Crystal Palace on July 13, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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U.S. track and field star Tyson Gay battled inclement weather and a slow start to win first place against a strong field—minus Jamaican Asafa Powell—in the Diamond League in London on July 13.

Gay's winning time of 10.03 seconds wouldn't normally be considered anything to shout about, but considering the conditions outside in London, he performed admirably. U.S. sprinter Ryan Bailey came in second place, posting a time of 10.09, and Jamaica's Nesta Carter came in third with a time of 10.13.

Gay's time of 10.03 was the fastest time of the day, too, and nobody cracked the 10-second barrier in the foul conditions at Crystal Palace.

As I mentioned, Asafa Powell didn't compete. He told

I need to ensure I'm ready for the Games and cannot take any risks. I will be ready in August. I've been carrying some soreness in my groin since the Olympic trials and have been unable to train 100%.

This is a tense time for all the athletes, as they prepare their bodies and minds for the Summer Olympic Games. They have to walk a tightrope between over-training and under-training themselves leading up to the grueling test that's coming in a few weeks.

Gay is fortunate to be heading into London healthy, and his win will surely give him the confidence that is so crucial to performing at the top of his game.

Another thing he has going for him is that the upcoming games are set to be plagued by a torrent of rain. Since he has already proven he's up to the task by winning this meet, Gay will have an extra bit of confidence, knowing he can do it again.


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