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Link to Sports Illustrated article on Tyson Gay:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/olympics/06/04/tyson.gay/index.html
Tyson Gay, the American record holder at 100 meters, will be running in the first round of the 100 meters at the adidas Grand Prix, to be held in New York City on June 9. Tyson Gay has not raced since last summer.
Tyson Gay has not raced since June 2011, when he injured his hip, which required surgery last summer, and a second procedure in March 2012. Under the watchful gaze of coach Lance Braumann, Gay has been doing sprint training for about three and a half weeks.
Per a copyrighted article on the Sports Illustrated site, Tyson told SI that he made the decision to race in the past couple days.
Tyson Gay was the triple gold medalist in the 2007 World Champs, at 100m, 200m, and the 4 x 100m relay. In 2008, Tyson Gay injured his hamstring at the Olympic Trials, while running the 200m first round. His injury took away from his fitness, and Gay did not make the 100m final. In 2009, Tyson Gay took the silver in the 100 m, to Usain Bolt's gold. Gay's time of 9.71 was the new American record. In September 2009, Tyson Gay set a new AR, once again, at 100 meters, with his 9.69.
In 2010, in Stockholm, Tyson Gay defeated Usain Bolt, 9.84 to 9.97. In 2011, Tyson Gay injured his hamstring, which required surgery. The 100 meters at the adidas Grand Prix will be his first race since June 2011.
Sprinters run 100 meters, or perhaps 200 meters. They are finely tuned creatures that make running fast look all so easy. That, my readers, is quite deceptive. Sprinters have huge hearts, much desire, and bodies that are all too human.
The mortal engine that Tyson Gay possesses will be tested this coming weekend. RBR will be there to see him, and keep you updated about his progress towards Eugene and London.
Tyson Gay will be running the 100 meters round that does not include Yohan Blake. Per the SI article, this is a test for Tyson Gay, and he wants to see how he is coming along. He still admits to some pain in the hip, but he knows that he has to test his fitness, with the US Olympic Trials for Track & Field only three weeks away.
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