Posted by: Joe English | August 16, 2008

Olympics: Tyson Gay fails to advance to 100M final

BEIJING — This just in: Tyson Gay has failed to move forward to the 100M final in Track and Field. Gay set the world’s fastest (winded aided) time and American Record in the US Olympic Track and Field Trials in Euenge. However, Gay is considered a 200M specialist and was left in the position of only qualifying in the 100M after a hamstring pull in the 200M final.

According to the Associated Press Gay called the run: “devastating.”

He went on to say: “I’m pretty upset. When I get back to the village, it’s really probably going to set in. My family is here. Everyone at home is supporting me, and I just feel I let them down a little bit.”

In Eugene, Gay had run 9.77 in the qualfying round, a new American Record. He then ran 9.68 in the finals, which is the fastest time ever under any conditions, but not a world record due to wind conditions. Today, Gay’s 10.05 run wasn’t good enough.

Both Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell advanced to the finals, where they will match-up for title of the world’s fastest man. Powell won that second semifinal heat in 9.91 seconds. Bolt won first semifinal in 9.85 seconds.

Coach Joe English, Portland Oregon, USA
Managing Editor, Running Advice and News


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