Tyson Gay stays positive despite loss
By Roxanna Scott,
13th June 2011
NEW YORK — Tyson Gay finished second in the men's 100 meters to Jamaica's Steve Mullings on Saturday in the Adidas Grand Prix. But racing in difficult conditions, Gay said he came away with a positive outlook heading into the U.S. championships in two weeks.
Mullings edged Gay in a photo finish on a cool and rainy afternoon at Icahn Stadium on Randall Island. With a headwind of 3.4 meters per second, both were timed at 10.26 seconds. Gay was slow out of the blocks but nearly caught his training partner Mullings.
"I didn't let the conditions bother me," said Gay, 28, the 2007 world champion in the 100 and 200 who trains in Clermont, Fla.
"I still have a positive mind frame that once I put everything together, I know it's going to be pretty good. I know when the conditions are better, there's going to be a better outcome."
The race was delayed because of three false starts. Gay said he tried to block out the distractions, but he was sluggish at the start. "It gets a little frustrating that you have to go through that," he said.
Saturday was only the second time Gay has raced in the 100 this season. He ran a world-leading 9.79 in a meet in Florida last weekend. He said he was not planning to run the 200 at nationals June 25-28 in Eugene, Ore., which serve as the qualifier for the world championships in September in South Korea. "But I'll just see how training goes the next week or so," Gay said.
The conditions slowed other Americans competing in the Diamond League meet. Three-time world champion Allyson Felix won the women's 200 in 22.92, more than a half-second off her season best. She said her coach was leaning against attempting the 200 and 400 double at nationals, which she has been considering.
Jeremy Wariner, the 2004 Olympic champion, won the men's 400 in 45.13 after finishing second to Angelo Taylor in last week's Prefontaine Classic. Wariner was encouraged by the result despite the slow race.
"I have the strength," he said. "My speed was a lot better today than it was before. In better conditions, I would have run a season best. I'm happy with how things went ."
Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter from South Africa, was fifth in the field of eight with a time of 45.69. His goal was to run 45.25 seconds or better, the time he needs to automatically qualify for the world championships.