Tyson Gay revealed during Adidas Training Camp that he injured his left knee in november, loosing 6 weeks on his preparation. The 100m US Record Holder (9.77), who had treatments in Europe and obviously moved a lot of weights while not beeing able to run, says that his leg is now pain free. Training five days a week, he hasn’t resume sprints on spikes yet. However, as a double World Champion (100m and 200m) defender, he is automatically selected for World Championships (15-23 August in Berlin), without having to take one of the first 3 spots during the US National Champs (25-28 August in Eugene).
Tyson Gay already had knee problem in 2007, a tendinosis on right knee prevented him to sprint after the US Championships in late June. He was able to win a couple of races in UK with sub-max efforts (10.13 and 10.02) before winning 3 gold medals in Osaka (100m in 9.85, 200m in 19.76, 4x100m in 37.78). One year later, he was victim of a hamstring strain on the left leg during the 200m quater finals of Olympic Trials. « I didn’t think it was going to be that bad because the initial pull really, really hurt, but the next day it felt better, » Gay said during the Adidas Training Camp. « But a little later, when we got a second opinion, I noticed a little bit of the tendon was torn, as well. That’s what made the process take so long. » Tyson Gay stated that injuries on the left leg on the hamstring/tendon in July 2008 and knee ligaments in November 2008 had no connexion.
However, observations on Tyson Gay in August 2008, showed that he wasn’t functionally set at 100% during the Olympics, where he failed to qualify for the final as he placed 5th in semi final with 10.05. These pictures were shot during the warm-up before the semi-final. After a couple of easy and sub-max checking starts, he tried this one at high intensity and his left leg couldn’t handle it as shown by the knee twist on his second step. This issue, both affecting his knee and self-confidence, plus quotes from Tyson himself saying that his left hamstring was tight before the race, shows that he was not physically ready and probably not healed yet in Beijing. The consequence was a performance more than two-tenths off his PB.
Considering that he is not pressed to compete at US Nationals to make the team at 100m and 200m, hopefully Tyson has enough time to prepare and get ready for Berlin World Championships.