Gay A No-Go For Nationals?

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 18, 2010
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Hamstring soreness has put the sprint superstar on the sidelines.

Written by: Mario Fraioli

Tyson Gay, the American record holder in the 100 meters who earlier this year ran a world record 19.41 seconds for the straight 200 meters, is not listed amongst the entrants for next weekend’s U.S. Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Gay pulled out of last weekend’s much ballyhooed 100-meter battle with multiple world record holder Usain Bolt  at the adidas Grand Prix meet in New York, the fifth stop on the IAAF’s Diamond League schedule. Bolt also scratched from the event, citing an Achilles tendon injury.

In the most recent entry to his IAAF diary, Gay writes, “The good news is that I don’t have any kind of major injury.  But the bad news is that I have had some muscle soreness in my hamstring which has slowed down my preparations for the summer. Basically, a tight hamstring started right around the time I ran in Manchester and, because I didn’t want to take any big risks, I consulted with the doctor in Europe who has helped me in the past. He looked closely at me and found no damage. So I am not “injured” but also not totally healthy. It is not fun being injured in this sport but sometimes it is even harder when you can train but in limited amount because of small little aches and pains. That is where I have been in these last few weeks.”

The next stop on the Diamond League’s summer tour is at the Prefontaine Classic on July 3rd at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Gay is slated to run the 200 meters against a loaded field which includes former Olympic champion and Olympic silver medalist Shawn Crawford, reigning World silver medalist Alonso Edward of Panama, the bronze medalist from Beijing, Walter Dix, as well as Trinidad & Tobago’s Richard Thompson, the silver medalist in the 100 meters in Beijing. Gay has gone on record to say it’s time for him to put up or shut up, and if his hamstring heals in time, the star-studded stage in Eugene will be set up for him to do just that.

“At some point it is time for me to put up or shut up,” Gay wrote in his diary. “I think I can run fast…real fast. But I don’t really want to talk about that now. I just want to do it.”

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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