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Tyson Gay says he's "injury free"

10 August 2008
www.universalsports.com

World champion Tyson Gay ran an impressive 100-meter time trial on Sunday and said he was experiencing no pain from a July hamstring injury.

"I'm happy with today's workout. I'm injury free, no pain," the American told reporters after a workout at Beijing Normal University.

"I have been looking for an indicator to let me where my confidence is going to be at, and today let me know that," he said after running sprints of 60, 80 and 100 meters.

The session was the first Gay workout open to the media since he strained his left hamstring in the heats of the 200 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials on July 5.

"That was fast," Gay's coach Jon Drummond told reporters after the 100 metres trial.

Gay, the world 100 and 200 meters world champion, will run only the 100, with the final on Aug. 16, and the 4x100 meters relay in the Olympics.

The sprint final is expected to be the athletics highlight of the Games with world record holder Usain Bolt and fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell facing Gay.

"I'm very excited," said Gay. "Someone told me this is one of the most anticipated 100 meters dashes in history. That's going to bring a lot of excitement to the sport."

Gay, who turned 26 on Saturday, said he was very close to the fitness level he had in July when he ran a U.S. record of 9.77 seconds and a wind-assisted 9.68 seconds at the Olympic trials. The latter time was the fastest ever under any conditions.

"I'm very confident I'm where I was at," said Gay.

He said there had been doubts though, especially after a detailed examination of his leg in Germany.

"There was a slight strain in the tendon and it was a little worse than what the U.S. doctors had seen," he said.

"It kept me from running and I was waiting for the pain to go away. So I had a little bit of doubt. (The pain) went away after a couple of weeks."



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