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Tyson Gay finishes second at Olympic Trials, will race at summer games in London


Staff report

 

Lexington native Tyson Gay is going back to the Olympics.

 

Tyson Gay (Team USA photo)

A second-place finish in the men’s 100 meter dash at the Olympic Trials in Eugene Oregon was enough for Gay, a graduate of Lafayette High School, to qualify for a spot on the USA track team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

 

“I feel pretty good, just excited to make the team,” Gay said in a Team USA news release. “I’m thankful for all my sponsors supporting me since day one.”

 

Gay finished his race in 9.86 seconds, just behind Justin Gatlin who won the race in 9.8 seconds. Gay is the American record holder in the event with a 9.69 second time in Sept. 2009.

 

Gay’s 2011 season ended early with arthroscopic hip surgery in July. The Olympic Trials were just Gay’s second race of the year.

 

“I had a successful surgery,” he said. “Things were just a slower process for me. I had to just keep fighting and keep negative thoughts out of my mind.”

 

Gay is considered the second fastest man in history and handed world-record holder Usain Bolt his first 100 meter loss in two years in 2010. Gay raced in the 100 meter in the 2008 Olympics, but a hamstring injury kept him from the finals.


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