Losing Gay upset after men's 100m semifinals
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Tyson Gay of the United States greets the audience prior to the men's 100m semifinal at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 16, 2008.

Tyson Gay of the United States greets the audience prior to the men's 100m semifinal at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 16, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
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    BEIJING, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- World champion Tyson Gay of the United States was out of the men's 100 meters finals in the Beijing Olympic Games with a disappointing 10.05 seconds in the semifinals on Saturday.

    The triple world champion in the men's 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in 2007 in Osaka, Japan, said that "I was upset to lose this game. I had a good start and tried to save some energy in the first half, but found it too late to catch up others later on."

    "I focused on the Olympics so I'm disappointed. I thought I would get into the finals," he said.

    Many thought Gay might get injured during the fierce semifinal competition because he just recovered from hamstring injuries.

    "Everybody tried to find excuses for me. But I don't think hamstring is a problem. The injury was a setback to my training, but that's no excuse because my hamstring feels fine," he explained.

    "I feel great, I feel strong, I feel relaxed, it just wasn't there," he said.

    "I don't have any regrets. I'm going to continue running the 100m. I've got the European season coming up and the 4x100m relay."

    Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt, who led all qualifiers for the finals in 9.85 seconds, and his countryman Asafa Powell, who finished in 9.91 seconds, will both line up for the men's 100m sprint final later Saturday evening.

    When commenting on the superb performance of Jamaican sprinters, Gay said that "I don't think there's a doping problem. Everybody is clean."

    "I'll continue doing in the relay," said Gay.

    Due to his injuries during the U.S. Olympic trials in late June, Gay failed to make the U.S. 200m Olympian sprinters. He, however, is expected to defend the U.S. crown in the men's 4x100 relay. 

Tyson Gay of the United States gives a press point after finishing fifth in men's 100m semifinal at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 16, 2008.

Tyson Gay of the United States gives a press point after finishing fifth in men's 100m semifinal at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 16, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
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Powell enters men's 100m final, Gay eliminated

    BEIJING, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Jamaican Asafa Powell eased into the final of the men's 100m sprint here on Saturday, while Tyson Gay of the United States eliminated at the Beijing Olympic Games.

    Powell timed 9.91 seconds to rank first in the semifinal heat 2, followed by Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago, with 9.93 seconds. Full story

Tyson Gay out of men's 100m finals

    BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- World champion Tyson Gay was out of the men's 100 meters finals in the Beijing Olympic Games with an unimpressive 10.05 seconds in the semifinals.

    Gay lost his chance to win the men's Olympic gold. Due to his injuries during the U.S. Olympic trials in late June, Gay was disqualified for being among the U.S. 200m Olympian sprinters. Full story

 

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