It was an unseasonably ugly day at the Adidas Grand Prix on New York’s Randall Island Saturday, with rain, wind, and cold temperatures slowing times all over the track. But American record holder Tyson Gay still somehow shined, winning the 100m and staying healthy, too.
Gay clocked 10.02-seconds into a headwind to dominate the competition, even though it was well off his 2013 world’s best of 9.86, which he ran down in Jamaica after replacing Bolt at the Kingston Invitational a few weeks ago.
“I’m happy with that,” Gay, the 2007 100m world champ said after the race. “I didn’t try to push myself too hard in these conditions.”
Portland native and London fifth place finisher Ryan Bailey ran 10.15 seconds, his best of the season, to take second in Saturday’s race, and Trinidad’s Keston Bledman rounded out the podium.
Gay, 31, the second fastest man in history after running 9.69 at the 2009 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, has dealt with plenty of setbacks since his world title sprint, including being knocked out of the Beijing 200m with a hamstring injury, and nagging groin and hip injury that kept him out of competition.
But after finishing fourth in London and finally securing an Olympic medal when he led the U.S. to silver in the 4x100m, Gay seems to be the healthiest he has in years, and might be ready to challenge Usain Bolt.