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Tyson Gay is a athlete competing in Track & Field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Tyson Gay will look to make his second Olympic appearance for the U.S. this summer in London. The top sprinter in the country when healthy, Gay has been plagued by injuries since 2008 and will be seeking his first medals at the Games.

Gay's prospects for a strong 2011 season seemed pretty good after he ran 9.79 for the 100m at a low-key local meet in Clermont, Fla. Shortly thereafter the slight pain he felt in his hip became increasingly unbearable. After the first heat of the 100m at the USA Outdoor Championships, Gay withdrew from the competition and from contention for the national team headed to the World Championships. A few weeks later, Gay underwent arthroscopic surgery to mend a labral tear and impingement.

During his 200m straight in Manchester, Gay suffered a hamstring injury that adversely affected the first half of his track season. After a seven-week absence, her returned to competition at the Diamond League Prefontaine Classic in July and was beaten by fellow U.S. Olympian Walter Dix in the 200m. A week later, Gay went to the British Grand Prix, where he beat rival Asafa Powell of Jamaica over 100m in 9.93. Later in July, at the Herculis Meeting in Monaco, Gay ran a strong 19.72 to win the 200m. That set the stage for the much-anticipated match-up with world-record holder Usain Bolt at the DN Galan Meeting in Stockholm. In the shock of the season, Gay stunned Bolt, running 9.84 seconds to his 9.97 seconds, to hand the Jamaican his first loss since before the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Gay also broke Powell's stadium record and earned a one carat diamond for the feat. Gay won unchallenged at the London Grand Prix the following week, running a world leading time of 9.78 seconds despite poor weather. A victory at the Memorial van Damme in Brussels in 9.79 seconds earned him the first Diamond Race Trophy for the 100m.

At the conclusion of the 2009 season, Gay underwent groin surgery, but recovered in plenty of time for the start of the 2010 outdoor campaign. He opened the season with a new personal-best in the 400m, running 44.89 at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic in Gainesville, Florida. The time made Gay the first sprinter ever to run under the significant time barriers in the three sprints — under ten seconds for the 100m, twenty seconds for the 200m, and 45 seconds for the 400m. Gay followed that up with a record run at the Great City Games in Manchester, England in May, when he set his sights on breaking Tommie Smith's 44-year-old world best mark over a 200m straight. He beat Smith's time of 19.5 by finishing in 19.41 seconds — including a first 100 m of 9.88 and a first 150 m of 14.41 seconds.

Gay returned to competition in 2009, recording a new 400m personal best of 45.57 seconds at the Texas Invitational in May. In his first 200m race of the season at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York, he set a personal best and meet record of 19.58 seconds, the third-fastest time ever run behind the world-record times of Usain Bolt and Michael Johnson. Following a wind-aided (3.4 m/s) 100m run of 9.75 in the first round of the U.S. outdoor Championships, Gay stated that he could beat the world record if he improved his technique, a claim dismissed by Bolt, who called Gay "more of a 200m runner." At the Golden Gala in Rome in July, Gay ran 9.77 to equal his own U.S. record. Gay opened the World Championships in Berlin with two sub-10 clockings in the preliminary rounds, earning a spot in the final alongside Bolt and Asafa Powell. In that race, Gay set a new American record of 9.71 but Bolt prevailed again, lowering his world record to 9.58. Gay finished his season in style at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in September, running the second-fastest 100m on record with his victory in 9.69.

The hamstring injury that Gay suffered at the 2008 Olympic Trials lingered into late summer. After leaving Eugene, Gay sought treatment from specialists in Europe and dropped out of several scheduled races in order to recover in time for the Olympics. He made his return in Beijing, but in a visibly-reduced capacity. A much-anticipated showdown with Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell in the 100m final never materialized as Gay finished fifth in his semifinal heat in 10.05 and failed to advance. Bolt went on to win gold in 9.69, a new World and Olympic record. Further disappointment followed in the 4x100m relay as the American team, with Darvis Patton running third and Gay running anchor, dropped the baton and failed to advance out of the first round. In reflecting on what transpired, Gay said, "[I felt the baton] then I went to grab it and there was nothing. It's kind of the way it's been happening to me this Olympics."

Gay entered the 2008 Olympic Trials and the heavy favorite for qualification in both the 100m and 200m. After a miscalculation of how hard to run in the first round almost caused him to miss out on advancing, Gay stepped up his pace and won the 100m quarterfinal in an American record 9.77. In the final the following day, Gay finished first in a wind-aided 9.68 (+4.1 m/s), at the time the fastest 100m run under any conditions, bettering the 9.69 clocked by Obadele Thompson in 1996. Days after his 100m triumph however, things turned sour for Gay. In his first qualifying heat of the 200m, he pulled up limp halfway through the turn before collapsing to the track. He was wheeled off the track with a hamstring injury and ruled out of the event for Beijing.

Tyson Gay placed fifth in the 100m semifinals at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials just months after winning the 2004 NCAA 100m title. But in his mind, it was only a matter of time until he became the fastest man in the world. That moment came at the 2007 World Championships, where he finished in 9.85 seconds, the third-fastest winning time in worlds history. His time was just shy of the season's fastest, 9.84 seconds, which Gay posted in defending his title at the U.S. Nationals. The final race at the '07 Worlds also featured world record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica, who gave up at the end and finished third. Gay also earned fastest man honors in the 200m as well at the 2007 Worlds. His time of 19.76 seconds set a then-World Championships record. But it didn't eclipse the time he clocked at the '07 Nationals, when Gay won the 200m with a time of 19.62.

In November of 2007, Gay was awarded the Jesse Owens Award for the first time. Established in 1981 as USA Track & Field's highest accolade, the award is presented annually to the outstanding U.S. male and female track and field performers. In 2007, Tyson Gay had an historic year, sweeping the 100 and 200 meters at both the IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Osaka and the USA Outdoor Championships. He added World Outdoor gold in the 4x100m to become the fourth man in World Championships history to win three gold medals at a single championship.

Entering the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Gay had zero Worlds medals. He left Japan with three, all gold. In addition to winning the 100m and 200m events, Gay ran the third leg on the gold medal-winning U.S. men's 4x100m relay team, which ran the world's best time this year in the final.

Gay has a daughter with Shoshana Boyd, Trinity, who was born in 2001, and enjoys taking care of both his own daughter and his niece Destin. When his coach, Lance Brauman, served a prison sentence for fraud, Gay looked after the coach's wife and daughter. His mother Daisy married Tim Lowe in 1995, adding two half-siblings, Seth and Haleigh Lowe, to Gay's family.

Gay attended the St. John Missionary Baptist Church as a child, and when he returns home he still attends the church services. His beliefs matter to him both on and off the track: "I'm a religious man, so I really believe in my God-given ability, that I can do the unexpected. I really do believe I can break a record, or come close to it, or win a medal."


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Age: 34 years old
Birthday: August 9, 1982
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Birthplace: Lexington, KY
Current Residence: Clermont, FL

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