After finishing out of the medals in London, turning 30, dealing with injuries, and only being added to the Jamaican Invitational after Usain Bolt pulled out with a hamstring strain, it’s safe to say Tyson Gay was an afterthought at the premiere track event in Kingston over the weekend.
But history’s second fastest man proved he still has a lot in the tank by coming back from a poor start to win the 100m crown in a 2013 world best time of 9.86 seconds. Jamaican Nesta Carter finished second and American Darvis Patton finished third.
“I’m getting back to full fitness, but I am being very patient with it,” Gay said. “I am feeling good, the best I have been in a long while, and I am looking forward to Moscow and will give it all I’ve got.”
Gay won golds in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay at the 2007 world championships in Osaka (in a pre-Bolt world), but wasn’t able to capture his first Olympic medal until London, when he and the American relay team finished second behind the world record pace of Bolt and the Jamaicans.
May be naive to say, but Jamaica gives us a lot of hope for Gay’s performance at Worlds this summer.