Can Tyson Gay Catch Usain Bolt?

Aaron KragerContributor IJune 2, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 31: Jamaica's Usain Bolt (R) is congratulated by Tyson Gay of USA after winning the Men's 100m at the Reebok Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium at Randalls Island Park on May 31, 2008 in New York City. Bolt set a new world record, covering the distance in 9.72 seconds. (Photo by : Victah Sailer/Getty Images)

Last August, as we watched the 2008 Olympics, we were captivated by a mostly unknown Jamaican runner named Usain Bolt; it was a shot in the arm for the sport of Track & Field, to say the least.

Bolt amazed the world with three world records and three gold medals in the 100 and 200 meter events in Beijing, as well as the 4x100 meter relay...a feat that has never been done before.

But one thing was missing: American runner Tyson Gay, at his best.

Gay was favored in the weeks before the Olympics in both the individual events, but was injured and unable to run at his peak, and Bolt ran in incredible time to emerge onto the world scene.

Fast forward to this year and the upcoming 2009 World Championships. This time, it is Bolt who’s training may not be in full gear, after recently suffering minor injuries in a car accident, while Gay is running at his personal best.

At the Reebok Grand Prix over the weekend in New York, Tyson Gay stole the show with his dominating performance in the 200-meter event. Crushing his competition in the third fastest time ever at 19.58 seconds, he sent a message to his foe that he is here to challenge.

When we fast forward to this Augusta year since Bolt’s dominance and Gay’s disappointmentwe will be treated with two of the fastest men in the world, going head to head. 

But in running, training and staying healthy are the almighty factors. If Gay and Bolt can stay healthy, then we may see the greatest event in track and field history. With my eyes glued to the television for that nineteen-plus seconds, I will eagerly root for a new record, hopeful that Tyson Gay can do what seems nearly impossible: outrun the Lightening Bolt that is Usain.