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)
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
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
"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. (Xinhua Photo)
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.
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