By Sharangee Dutta
Fallen ‘Gay’ makes impressive comeback
Ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics, the second fastest sprinter in the world, Tyson Gay has come back with a win in 100 meters at Adidas Grand Prix.
In July 2013, Gay was found to be doping by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with a banned substance. Following the discovery, he was banned by the agency for a year until June 23, 2014 and dethroned of his silver medal that he won at 2012 London Olympics.
The 32-year-old athlete has already made an impressive comeback by winning both the 100 meters event at Prefontaine Classic and Adidas Grand Prix.
Running in imperfect conditions as well as suffering a short delay due to false start couldn’t cease Gay from victory as he finished the race with an impressive 10.12 seconds.
In a report by USA Today, the American said that he had a lot of fight in him. “I felt great. I knew it was some great starters in the race, but I knew they had a lot of heart,” he added.
In the same report, he told how a win builds his confidence, adding that there is a ton of races to come, but he is very happy with his win at Adidas Grand Prix.
Gay was initially handed a two-year ban by USADA. However, his full cooperation with the agency saw them cut down the ban to one year.
The reigning American record holder with a personal best of 9.69 seconds, the Grand Prix saw the absence of world two of the best sprinters besides Gay, American Justin Gatlin and Jamaican Usain Bolt – the winner of 200 meters at this event.
Gay’s 10.12 seconds was lesser than his 9.88 seconds at Prefontaine Classic as well as Gatlin’s 9.75 seconds at Golden Gala that was held earlier this month in Rome. Gatlin’s time in fact claimed him the fifth fastest finish in the history.
Heading to the U.S Outdoor Championships, Gay looks forward to focus on the 100 meters event. “I’m looking forward to it and we’ll go on from there,” he said in the same report by USA Today.
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Lightning Bolt ‘unhappy’ with his performance
Regarded as the fastest person ever, Usain Bolt widely criticized himself after his win at the 200 meters race at Adidas Grand Prix.
Clinching victory at 20.29 seconds, Bolt finished just 3 seconds before Zharnel Hughes of Anguilla who touched down at 20.32 seconds.
Such a close victory disappointed the star. In a report by Los Angeles Times, he said that he wasn’t “overly happy” with his performance. “The first 100 meters was really poor, it was really bad….I had to keep pushing myself,” he added.
A hamstring injury caused the 28-year-old Jamaican to stay out of athletics for nine weeks of training. He returned in style, competing and winning gold in 4×100 relay race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, setting a Commonwealth Games record with 37.58 seconds.
Bolt who is the record holder of both 100 and 200 meters events in the world with 9.58 and 19.19 seconds, respectively, is yet to meet his arch rival Justin Gaitlin.
Gaitlin who will next participate in August at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing produced a way better result at the 200 meters event in Prefontaine Classic, only a couple of weeks before.
At this stage, Bolt concern over his form sounds right because Gaitlin will look to devour into the opportunity if the Jamaican provides one at the World Championships.
In the same Los Angeles Times report, Bolt said that he needs to figure out what wrong he is doing and how to get better. “So right now I have to go back to the drawing board, figure out what’s going on and get it done,” he added.
Should he figure out what is causing him problems, Bolt might find his commanding form at the Diamond Leagues he is seat to participate next in Paris and Lausanne, respectively before going to the World Championships.
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