Tyson Gay was a blur in blue, sprinting 100
meters faster than anyone ever has.
His time of 9.68 seconds at the U.S. Olympic trials Sunday
doesn't count as a world record, because it was run with the help
of a too-strong tailwind. Here's what does matter: Gay qualified
for the team and served notice that he is certainly someone to
watch at the Beijing Games.
Wearing a royal blue uniform with red and white diagonal stripes
across the front, along with matching shoes, all in a tribute to
1936 Olympic star Jesse Owens, Gay dominated the competition. He
started well and pulled out to a comfortable lead by the 40-meter
This time, he kept pumping those legs all the way through the
finish line, extending his lead. In Saturday's opening heat, Gay
pulled way up, way too soon, and nearly was caught by the field,
before accelerating again and lunging in for fourth place.
No such close call this time.