Athlete Quotes - Men's 100m Final
Tyson Gay, Olympic Qualifier, 1st Place
On running 9.68: "It means a lot to me. I'm glad my body went that fast. It's a pretty good feeling and I hope I'm ready for the 200 meters."
On his goal for the Olympics: "Getting a gold medal is my biggest motivation and I want to save the best for last. My expectations are huge going into the Olympics."
On running 9.68: "Jon Drummond said I was capable of running 9.6, so that's what I had in my mind."
On the race: "It was ok. I just tried to stay relaxed and run through the finish line. I didn't want to make the same mistakes from earlier."
On the time being wind-aided: "I wasn't disappointed. I just wanted to make the team, but I can tell when the wind started to pick up when I got into the blocks. I've been running track long enough to know when the wind is going to be over 2.0."
On the pressure of facing Usain Bolt: "I still don't think I have a lot of pressure. He's (Bolt) still the world record holder."
On how he thinks he will feel after the race: "I started to cramp up on the victory lap and my hamstring started to give out. I know I had to take care of my body, so I could get ready for the 200 meters."
On Walter Dix: "Dix is a tough competitor. He visited Arkansas when I was going to school there, so I've known him for a long time. He's a tough competitor and he proved a lot today."
On Jon Drummond: "He's done a lot for me mentally. He has helped me be a champion off the track and not just on the track. After each practice we talk about what went well in practice and we look at film."
Walter Dix, Olympic Qualifier, 2nd Place
"I wasn't as nervous as I was a couple years ago. I was a lot more relaxed and it came through."
"The NCAA Championships really helped my confidence, showed that I had my speed back."
"I just focused on coming straight out of the blocks, not on anyone else."
"It all happened so quick. When you are running, you can't tell anything. I just ran to win and all I could think of when I saw the time was 'that's pretty fast.'"
"I'm not making any predictions for the Olympics. I'm just going to do whatever helps the team."
"My hamstring held up really good and I came out of the blocks really well. I felt comfortable during the middle of my race and I knew I was going to run a good race through the half way point."
"This is my first one, so I haven't had any chances to run on a world championship team yet, but 9.6, 9.8, 9.8, sounds like a world record."
Darvis Patton, Olympic Qualifier, 3rd Place
"I am in disbelief right now because I have gotten fourth a couple of times. I am just grateful for this opportunity."
"If you would have blinked you would've missed it. For the human body to go that fast is awesome. I have been training really hard and it finally paid off."
"To everyone else it was a surprise, but to me and my crew it wasn't a surprise."
"I think all season I have been consistent and I knew coming in that I had a great chance to make the team."
"Right now, it hasn't really sunk in yet, but I know five to 10 years from now it will. I feel like I have a good chance in Beijing and we will see once we get there. I am one of the older ones, so I don't really get rattled a whole lot."
"I have ran the 100 a couple of times, but I mainly have started focusing on the 100 and have done a lot of strength training. If I work on my start, I figure I can be explosive."
"All glory goes to God in my sense. I don't want to offend anybody, but that's just how I feel. I've been through a lot these last couple of years and my faith, family and friends have got me through it. Once I crossed that line, I just got on my knees and gave all the glory to God."