Tyson Gay Wins 2nd Crown At US Track And Field Championships
By Dylan Montz (Story) and Josh Christensen (Video), Reporters
DES MOINES, Iowa — Tyson Gay once again stood atop the podium Sunday at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
This time, Gay was being recognized for capturing the Men’s 200-meter dash in a time of 19.74. On Friday, Gay also took home the 100-meter dash crown in a time of 9.75. In addition to earning the wins, Gay was also pleased to be leaving the competition in a healthy condition.
“It does help me mentally to get ready for Moscow knowing I got the double,” Gay said. “My body is just going to take it one day at a time. To make the team in both, to be healthy, and run against the best in the world, it’s going to feel good.”
Gay beat out Isiah Young of Nike (19.86) and Adidas teammate Curtis Mitchell (19.99). Gay and Mitchell, who are training partners, will go to the world championships in Moscow together. Assigned to the fifth lane in the finals, Gay felt like it was “a little sluggish,” but not enough to affect the outcome.
“I haven’t ran the curve in a long time so I sometimes have the tendency to lean over too much,” Gay said. “I think that’s what I did, but it ended up coming out right.”
On the women’s side, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Allyson Felix found herself in a position unfamiliar to her in the 200-meter dash, she had the lead rounding the curve.
Although she felt good coming down the stretch, Felix couldn’t close out a win and finished second in 21.85. Kimberlyn Duncan of Nike won the event in 21.80. Going into the finals, Felix said she didn’t have her concentration set on any other competitor in particular.
“I don’t think I’m ever used to kind of being in a lead. I wouldn’t say anything particular happened,” Felix said. “They just ran me down.”
Lagat, Rupp lead the way in a ‘slow’ 5000-meter run
Although it didn’t feel too much different from any other championship style race to Galen Rupp of Nike, the slower natured pace of the Men’s 5000-meter run did seem a little extreme.
Rupp clocked in at second place on Sunday with a time of 14:54.91. Nike’s Bernard Lagat edged out Rupp and won the event in 14:54.16. Lagat said he wasn’t necessarily surprised by a slower race in the 5000-meters and he is leaving Des Moines “feeling so strong.”
“Feeling good with no injuries,” Lagat said. “I’m feeling fit and strong right now because I’ve had good, good training. I came here prepared. I was really ready for this race today.”
Although Lagat may be 12 years older than Rupp, there was no disappointment on Rupp’s end about coming in second to Lagat. Rupp described Lagat as “a legend in track and field.”
“He’s always going to be there,” Rupp said of Lagat. “I told myself before this races in talking with my coaches to challenge to wait. I got a little antsy I think and I wish I would have waited a little bit later. This is just a great chance to work on closing hard in fast races because this is what it’s going to be like a lot of the summer.”
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