Gay wins preliminary 100m heat

Gay wins preliminary 100m heat


This looked more like a workout than a true test. Either way, Tyson Gay easily made it through the first round of the Olympic 100-meter dash Friday.Racing for the first time since crumpling to the track with a hamstring injury six weeks ago, America’s fastest sprinter enjoyed a smooth debut at the Beijing Games, coasting to the finish to win his preliminary heat in 10.22 seconds.


World record-holder Usain Bolt and fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell also advanced comfortably, winning their heats. The quarterfinals were set for later Friday.

“It feels good,” Gay said, referring to his left hamstring. “I felt a little sluggish the first round, but my body is woke up now.”

All three are expected to make Saturday’s final — perhaps the most highly anticipated event of the 10-day track and field meet that opened at the Bird’s Nest with Bolt running in the first heat.

Blue skies — a rarity in Beijing since the games began last week — welcomed the runners as they started the day in the 91,000-seat stadium, with the temperature around 80 degrees.


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