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Lexington sprinter Tyson Gay to miss remainder of 2011 season after hip surgery

Lexington native Tyson Gay, an Olympic sprinter and the U. S. record holder in the 100-meter dash, announced Thursday arthroscopic hip surgery had ended his 2011 season.


“Tyson is being treated at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colo. On Tuesday, Dr. Marc Philippon performed an arthroscopic procedure to correct a labral tear in Tyson’s right hip which had been bothering him for some time,” said Gay’s agent Mark Wetmore on the official Tyson Gay Facebook page. “Dr. Philippon and his team will oversee Tyson’s rehabilitation. The doctor was pleased with the outcome and believes Tyson will resume his normal base training in the fall as he prepares for 2012.”


Gay withdrew from the U. S. trials in the semifinals of the 100 in June due to the hip injury. He will miss the 2011 world championships in Daegu, South Korea, which are scheduled to start on August 27. Gay hopes to return to action in time to qualify for the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London.


Gay, a graduate of Lafayette High School, boasts the second and third fastest 100m times in history, behind only 2008 Olympic Champion Usain Bolt. He won the gold medal in the 100, 200-meter dash and 4 x 100-meter relay at the 2007 world championships.

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