The American athlete had the fastest time at the U.S. Trials ahead of the World Championships to be held in Beijing this August. With a 9.87 second finish in the 100m event, he won first place. The Games, which will be held at the Bird’s Nest stadium in the Chinese capital, will be Gay’s first Worlds game in 6 years.
Justin Gatlin, Gay’s compatriot and currently reigning World Champion, will not participate in the 100m trials, but is still on for the 200m event. Gatlin currently holds the 2015 records for both 100m and 200m. His 100m record was, at 9.75sec, 12 seconds far than the time winner Gay set at trials.
Teenager Trayvon Bromell has become, at 19-years-old, the first teen to qualify for an American World Championships team. He had a time of 9.76 in the semis, but the finals saw Gay triumph in the last 30m of a track. Gay beat the teenager by a fraction of a second.
He was impressed by the 19-year-old, whom he described as a “tough kid”, acknowledging he had been tough competition. “He got out good. It was just one of those 10 years of experience, dig-down moments I had to get him”, said Gay of the youngster, proving just how much he had to work to catch him up.Published 28 Jun 2015, 14:46 IST