Gold Medal Count 2012: Tyson Gay Won't Add to US Total on Sunday

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Gold Medal Count 2012: Tyson Gay Won't Add to US Total on Sunday
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The United States may hold a slight lead over China in the gold medal count—26 to 25—but don't expect Tyson Gay to extend the lead for the U.S. tomorrow in the men's 100-meter dash.

The reason?

The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt.

Bolt qualified for the 100-meter semifinals on Friday when he stumbled out of the gate but still breezed to a 10.09 time, with Antigua's Daniel Bailey coming in second with a time of 10.12.

Despite battling some injuries, Bolt is still the man to beat and believes that 2012 will see the fastest time ever posted, according to Reuters.com writer Nick Mulvenney.

"Hands down, for sure, I'm thinking this could be one of the fastest 100 meters anyone has ever seen because these guys have been showing potential all season, a lot of guys have been running fast because it's an Olympic year."

No matter how you view Bolt off the track or what you think of his performance on it, there's no doubt that he is still the man to beat in this race.

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Sure, Gay has beaten Bolt before, but let's not forget who was behind Bolt when he set the world record in 2009.

Bolt's 9.58 mark is still the fastest ever, and although Gay finished with an impressive 9.71, he still wasn't able to eclipse Bolt's mark.

Even fellow American and gold medalist Justin Gatlin (via ESPN) has raved about Bolt, saying, "He looked like Bolt. He came here with his A-game. ... You have to think 9.6, 9.5...He's the equivalent of the guy walking on the moon for the first time."

Gay looked good on Saturday, winning heat one with a time of 10.08 and saying afterwards (via NJ.com), "Start felt good. Everything felt pretty good. I didn't feel any pain. ... I really didn't want to run (any) faster. I did what I wanted to do."

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The 29-year-old Gay is returning from hip surgery, and even though he has looked healthy so far, his hip could very well be what prevents him from earning a gold medal in London.

There's undoubtedly an insane amount of pressure resting upon the shoulders of Usain Bolt, but I believe he has both the confidence and the speed to blaze to another gold medal on Sunday.

 

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