American sprinter Tyson Gay is going to need all the help he can get when he takes on Usain Bolt and the rest of the field in the 100-meter dash, and he's looking to get a boost from these red, white and blue cleats designed by Adidas (via Bleacher Report's Facebook page).
There's no better way to represent your country than to be draped from head to toe in your nation's colors, and Gay certainly knows how to pay homage to the USA.
The official model of the spikes is the Adidas adiZero Prime SP; you may recognize the adiZero name from the new Adidas commercial featuring Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Though it's obviously not the same model—given the fact that it's two completely different sports and surfaces—the idea is the same: a lightweight shoe that was designed to help athletes excel.
Gay will be looking to excel in the 100-meter dash on Sunday, a race that will also feature fellow Americans Justin Gatlin and Ryan Bailey, Trinidad's Richard Thompson, the Netherlands' Churandy Martina, Jamaicans Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake and of course, the fastest man in the world, Jamaican Usain Bolt.
Of the eight sprinters, Blake has posted the quickest time this season (9.75), which is one one-hundredths of a second faster than countryman Bolt's 9.76.
Gay has a season best of 9.86 as well as a personal best of 9.69 and will undoubtedly be a contender in this quick sprint.
There's a lot of pressure riding on Bolt, as I believe this is a make-or-break race for the world record holder.
The 29-year-old Gay is on a comeback trail since hip surgery, winning his heat on Saturday with a time of 10.08 and saying after the race (h/t 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."
We'll have to wait until 4:50 p.m. EST to see the men's 100-meter dash, but one thing's for sure—Gay will be sporting the flashiest footwear out there.
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