Rumors of Mr. Gay's physical issues have been over estimated. In this race, we saw Tyson allowing his feet to do the talking. That is his way. Articulate, thoughtful, but playing his cards close to his chest, Tyson Gay continues to show that he and Mr. Bolt should have two excellent clashes in Berlin in mid August 2009.
Tyson Gay, running first round at U.S. Champs, June 2009, courtesy of PhotoRun.net.
Last night, we saw Usain Bolt run 9.91. Today we saw Tyson Gay. Tyson Gay got out okay, and took Wallace Spearmon on the bend, and Tyson Gay ran quite easily down the straightaway, with a fine 20.00. Wallace Spearmon was second in 20.35 and Paul Hession was third in 20.55, with Marion Devonish in 20.60. Gay looked strong, in control and running the bend as he does, with precision. Hession had the best start, and Spearmon one of the worst, with Gay only the third fastest out of the blocks.
Ironically, Mark Wetmore, Tyson Gay's manager, spoke to me yesterday, trying to clarify Tyson's physical conditions: " This is something that is bugging him, but like you, we will know just how fit Tyson is tomorrow after his 200 meter race." Well, Tyson Gay looks to be quite fit, executed well, and ran relaxed, literally shutting down over the last fifty meters, and still ran 20.00.
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