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U.S. sprint champs seek Beijing relay bids

29 April 2008

By Dave Ungrady

American Tyson Gay, Powell's main rival for gold in the 100 meters at the Beijing Olympics, says he would like to compete for four gold medals at the games but expects to run in three events.

Gay, who won gold in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay at the 2007 world championships, says America's strength in the 400 limits his chances of running the 4x400 relay in Beijing. U.S. runners swept the top-three places in the 400 at the world championships.

"It would be a wild shot if I was going to be on that team," Gay said after competing at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia last weekend. "If they do want me to run, I would."

Gay's 4x100-meter relay team of Leroy Dixon, Wallace Spearmon and Doc Patton finished a surprising fourth place in Philadelphia after lead-off runner Dixon was struck in the eye by a Canadian runner during the first handover.

Allyson Felix, the 200-meter world champion, ran on U.S. teams that won both the 4x100 and 4x400 events at the Penn Relays. She said after her races in Philadelphia that she plans to run the 100 and 200 at the U.S. Olympic trials and would like to compete in both relays in Beijing.

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