Thursday, June 4, 2009
Gay might not race until U.S. trials
EUGENE, Ore. -- World 100-meter champion
Tyson Gay has decided not to compete in Sunday's Prefontaine
Classic and likely will not run again until the U.S.
championships in late June, his agent said on Thursday.
The American had considered running his first 100 meters of
the season in Eugene after clocking 19.58 seconds, the third-fastest 200 meters of all-time, at last weekend's New York Grand Prix.
"It was probably slightly unrealistic to think Gay could
recover that fast," his agent, Mark Wetmore, said. "He
didn't even really start jogging until yesterday... There is
absolutely no injury."
Gay probably will not run again until the June 25-28 U.S.
nationals in Eugene, Wetmore said. "But that is up to Tyson and
The championships are serving as the U.S. trials for August's
world championships in Berlin.
As the defending world 100- and 200-meter champion, Gay
needs only to compete in the trials to make the American team.
World record-holder Usain Bolt already is talking about
racing Gay in the 200 meters ahead of the world championships.
"I definitely want to meet Tyson before, to see where I'm at
or what I need to do if he beats me," Bolt told Reuters in
"He shook off some injuries, took his time and got back on
track and worked his way back up and he is now showing that he
is one of the best athletes in the world," Bolt said.
Any race likely would take place in Europe in July. Bolt is
scheduled to compete in Lausanne, Paris and London during that
Wetmore said he wanted to talk to Gay next week before
mapping out the sprinter's European schedule.