Sunday, August 3, 2008

Tyson Gay: Ready for Beijing

Millions of Americans held their breath when Tyson Gay fell to the track grabbing his left hamstring during the 200-meter quarterfinal race at the U.S. Olympic trials almost a month ago, costing him the chance to compete in the 200-meter event in Beijing, but more importantly, calling into question whether he would be able to run at all. Gay qualified for the 100-meter race the week before with a time of 9.68 seconds, a time which would have gone down in the record books except for the strong tailwind. Despite choosing to withdraw from a race in late July in order to continue rehabilitating his hamstring, Gay is expected to be ready to compete in Beijing. Hopefully, that means he will be at 100% because he'll need nothing less against Jamaica's sprinting superstars Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt. Did I mention Bolt happens to be the current world record-holder? No pressure Tyson.