News & Notes Volume 9, Number 33

06-19-2009

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Gay to run 100m at USA Outdoor Championships

Double world champion Tyson Gay will run the 100 meters at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, he announced Friday.

The 2009 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, to be held June 25-28 in Eugene, Oregon, is the selection event for the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, August 15-23 in Berlin, Germany.

The meet will mark Gay's 2009 debut at 100 meters. In his only race this year, the two-time defending Visa Champion won the Reebok Grand Prix 200m on May 30 in New York City in 19.58 seconds, the third-fastest time in history.

In Eugene, Gay plans to compete in a single, but high-intensity, first-round race to gauge his 100-meter fitness. However, he has not ruled out the possibility of running all three rounds of competition in preparation for Berlin. Regardless of how many races he runs, fans will be in for a show. At the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials at Eugene's Hayward Field, Gay set an American record in the 100m quarterfinals (9.76) and won the final in a wind-aided time of 9.68, the fastest time ever run.

"After his performance in New York, it is obvious that Tyson is in great shape," said USATF CEO Doug Logan. "We look forward to seeing him back in Eugene in the 100."

The IAAF grants byes into the World Championships to defending champions, enabling a country to send up to four athletes per event - including the reigning champion - to Berlin in those events.

At the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships in Indianapolis, Gay set meet records in both the 100 (9.84) and 200 (19.62) meters. He went on to win both world titles, as well as the 4x100m relay, at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan.

For more information on the 2009 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including lists of athletes currently entered, visit http://www.usatf.org/events/2009/USAOutdoorTFChampionships/ .