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Tyson Gay

Tyson Gay

Tyson Gay born on 9th August 1982 is an American born sprint runner. He was born in Kentucky as an only child to his parents as a couple, Daisy Gay and Greg Mitchell although his mother had children from previous relationships.

Tyson Gay’s grandmother had been a runner in her youth, and his mother had also competed in running events in her younger years.
Gay attended Lafayette High School where he pushed himself in his training, and subsequently broke the record in the 200 metre distance race. By the time he was in his final year of school, he had become a much stronger and meaningful runner and had decided to pay the most attention to the 100 metres. He ran in the State Championships in Kentucky and won the race, setting a new record. Gay later failed his exams so was unable to get into sports college.

In the 2001 State Championships he ran again winning a gold medal for his performance in the 100 metre run. He beat the record with a time of 10.60 seconds, and this also became his personal best time. Tyson Gay then went to Barton County Community College and met his running partner, Veronica Campbell-Brown, before later attending the University of Arkansas.

It was at the Arkansas University where he ran in his very first NCAA games, but he only managed 4th place in a 60 metre run, and 5th in the 200 metres. In 2004 he tried for the Olympics and got through. He ran in the semi-finals but he did not do well enough to get into the finals. In his last year before going professional, he ran the 60 metre race giving himself a new personal best as well as breaking the record. Gay also participated once more in the NCAA games where his team won.

Gay’s first professional appearance was celebrated after a silver medal in the 200 metre race at the USA Outdoor Championships, and he went on to enter into the World Championships in Athletics in 2005, where he took 4th position at the finish line. The same year he ran in the Rieti Grand Prix and finished in 10.0 seconds over 100 metres, which was the best time for the season. His final run for 2005 was in the World Athletics, when he won the 200 metres race  which was 2005’s 2nd fastest time.

His performances stayed consistent as he won the gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics in 2006, and then came first the same year in the IAAF World Cup. 2007 saw Gay win 1st place in the World Championships in Athletics which was held in Japan in the 100 metre race, the 200 metre race and the 4 x 100 metre relay race.

In 2008 Gay tried out for the Olympics which were due to take place in Beijing and was thrilled when he got through. He only made it to the semi finals however in the 100 metre race, and his team was disqualified from the relay.

In London 2012 Olympics, the 4 100 metres relay final brought Gay his first Olympic medal and an American record time of 37.04 seconds alongside Trell Kimmons, Gatlin and Ryan Bailey. Despite equaling the previous world record mark, the Americans took the silver medal behind Jamaica, whose team improved that record by two tenths of a second.

Career Highlights

  • 2012 London Summer Olympics – Silver
  • 2010 Continental Cup – Gold
  • 2007 World Championships – Gold (3)
  • 2006 World Cup – Gold (2)

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