5 Jun 2012

Gay in race to make London, will run 100 in New York

6:36 pm on 5 June 2012

The United States sprinter Tyson Gay is scrambling to be fit for Olympic trials and will put aside the pain of a nagging hip injury and run his first race in nearly a year this weekend.

Gay's set to avoid Jamaican world champion Yohan Blake in the featured 100 metres event at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York however, and will instead compete in a preliminary race at the Diamond League meeting.

Gay says he still has hip pain but is managing it and just has to get on with it and see where his body is, with Olympic trials less than three weeks away.

Although a pre-Olympic showdown with Blake, one of the favourites for the London 2012 Games, would be ideal, it would not be helpful to Gay at this point, the sprinter and his agent say.

Gay has not competed since pulling out of the 100 metres semi-final of the US world championships trials in Eugene last June. He later had surgery on the hip and another procedure in March.

The often-injured 2009 world silver medallist only began sprint training three weeks ago.