YourBlackBrothers: Speedster Tyson Gay Ready for Olympics

August 5, 2008

DALIAN, China (AP — American sprinter Tyson Gay says his hamstring is feeling better and he’ll be healthy and ready to go when the Olympic 100-meter races start next week.

“When I step on the line in Beijing, don’t worry. I’ll be ready to go,” Gay said Monday before departing for China from Munich, where he had been training.

He has decided to fly to Beijing and skip going to the U.S. Track team’s training camp in Dalian because he wants be at Friday’s opening ceremonies. Qualifying in the highly anticipated 100-meter dash starts Aug. 15.

Gay, the defending world champion in the 100 and 200 meters, hurt his hamstring early last month at U.S. Olympic trials while running in preliminary heats in the 200 meters. He already had qualified for the 100. He pulled out of a race in London on July 25, saying he wanted to rest to ensure he was healthy for the Olympics.

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