2011 USA Outdoor: Gay out, Dix, Jeter take 100 meters, by Alfons Juck,

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Gay_Tyson1a-NYDL11.JpGTyson Gay, adidas GP NYC, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jeter_CarmelitaQ-USAout.jpgCarmelita Jeter, USA Outdoor, 100m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dix_WalterQ_USOut.JpgWalter Dix, 2010 USA Outdoor, 100m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tyson Gay, 2007 triple gold world champ, 2009 WC silver medalist has had an injury that flared up as he warmed up, or tried to for the 100 meter semi final. He could not warm up properly and he is out of both the 100 meters and 200 meters. Tyson Gay loves to run fast, and when he can't he is frustrated. As much as this was a personal tragedy, it also changed the race, completely, and several athletes rose to the occasion.

Walter Dix lost his shoes, passport, and clothes on his flight from SFO to Eugene. Putting his bag on his flight, he was given a tag and told he would get it in Eugene. Apparently, it was never even loaded on the plane.

Walter overcame that, and ran round after round, very well and leant perfectly at the tape to outlean Justin Gatlin, who finished second, and Michael Rodgers, who is having the best year of his career.  Dix won in 9.94, Gatlin in 9.95 and Rodgers in 9.99. Gatlin is coming back well after being out of the sport for nearly four seasons.

Carmelita Jeter told me in NY, "when I listen to coach (John Smith), I do well, when I don't well (a laugh), I do not do so well." Well, Jeter listened to coach Smith and ran a nearly flawless race, to win over Marshevet Myers and Miki Barber, who is really running well. Jeter ran 10.74, with Myers at 10.83 and Barber at 10.96.




SPRINTS: GAY OUT, TITLES FOR DIX AND JETER

EUGENE (USA, Jun 24): US record holder Tyson Gay pulled out of the 100 meters semifinals in the US Championships because of a hip injury, agencies are informing. That means he will not be able to run in Daegu at World Championships. The showdown race with Usain Bolt will so not happen. As he was preparing to warm up Friday for the semifinals, the hip locked up on him. About a half-hour before the start of his race, he said he was pulling out of the meet. After the announcement, as he hobbled around on the perimeter of Hayward Field, he was downcast. "It's all I know, it's all I love. It's what I study every day," Gay told The Associated Press. "I'll probably go home today and watch film. This is what I do. I enjoy watching the races. I just love it. I'm just bummed, period." Gay confirmed also he will not run the 200 m. Remians to see whether he will be ready for his next planned race in Birmingham on July 10 in a duel with Asafa Powell. Because he competed in nationals (heat), he is technically eligible for the 4x100 m relay. In his absence Walter Dix got the title with 9.94 (+1.3) with two other spots going to returning former world and olympic winner Justin Gatlin 9.95 and Mike Rodgers 9.99. For Dix first worlds, for Gatlin return after 2005 and Rodgers was a 2009 Berlin semifinalist. For relay remaining fourth Trell Kimmons 10.04, fifth student Jeff Demps 10.05 and sixth Darvis Patton 10.09. Ivory Williams was dq for false start (although running the finals under protest) and Travis Padgett a non-starter. Windy sub 10 in semis for Gatlin (9.99 +2.6) and Williams (9.96 +2.9) with Padgett (9.97, +2.9). Carmelita Jeter confirmed her position with 10.74 (+2.7) women 100 m win over Marshevet Myers 10.83. Third place in the team Miki Barber 10.96 beating Lashauntea Moore 11.04. For Jeter third worlds after two bronzes (2007 and 2009) and for Myers and Barber first ever worlds at 100 m. In the semis out was former world champion Lauryn Williams (5th in first race 11.23, +1.6).

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