New York: If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Tyson Gay is certainly hoping that saying is true, as this Saturday, May 25, the two-time U.S. Olympian will bring his unofficial 2013 comeback tour to Randall’s Island for the adidas Grand Prix, where he’ll compete in the 100 meters.
Although the field at this, the first U.S. event of the 2013 IAAF Diamond League season, won’t include the top three finishers at the 2012 London Olympics—who relegated Gay, the former world-record holder, to a disappointing fourth-place finish—the resurgent 30-year-old sprinter heads to the Big Apple with something to prove.
Earlier this week, USA Today asked Gay, “Are you back?” His response: “I think so.”
“I’ve run some of my best times when injured, so imagine if I’m healthy,” Gay added, referring to the hip and groin injuries that have set him back in recent years, leading some to believe he’ll never again match Jamaican Usain Bolt.
Bolt has held the world record in the 100 meters since the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, where he finished in 9:58. Gay, whose personal best of 9:69 came later that year in Shanghai, is tied with Jamaican Yohan Blake for second on the list of the event’s all-time fastest performers, and already this season, he’s hinted that he might be edging back toward peak form.
Earlier this month, at the Jamaican Invitational in Kingston, he won the 100 meters with a time of 9.86. Days later, Bolt posted a lackluster 10.09 at the Cayman Invitational in Georgetown, giving track fans more reason to hope that the eventual rematch between Bolt and Gay will be one for the ages.
Unfortunately, Bolt won’t be on hand for the adidas Grand Prix, but Gay is hoping his Jamaican rival overcomes his early-season struggles—due in part to a hamstring injury—and heads to the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow ready to run his best.
“I don’t like to see people hurt, because I’ve been hurt more than anyone,” Gay said. “I wish all of them to be healthy so we can put on a good show.”
The men’s 100 meters is just one of the races to watch at this year’s adidas Grand Prix, which brings together an impressive number of Olympic gold medalists and world champs and promises to be “the best in the meet’s nine-year history,” according to the IAAF.
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg