Everyone loves a great comeback story and it seems that Track and Field stars, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay are doing their best to write a best seller.
As many of you may remember Gatlin received a four year ban from athletics after testing positive back in 2006 for performance enhancing drugs. Gatlin professed his innocence during the entire ordeal but to keep from facing a lifetime ban Gatlin exchanged his cooperation with the doping authorities.
We haven’t heard much from Tyson Gay who had a disappointing showing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in 2011 underwent hip surgery. Gay is looking to regain some of the hype surrounding his name and talent in London next month.
After Sunday’s U.S. Olympic trials in the 100-meter Justim Gatlin won in 9.80 seconds, and Gay wasn’t far behind, only 0.06 seconds, taking the 2nd place.
The last time Gatlin was at the Olympics trials was eight years ago where coined to be the next big thing in sprinting. In 2004 he did just that by winning gold at the Athens Games, but fell from grace in 2006. Now at 30 looking phenomenal, Gatlin is looking to write a new chapter in his own book.
“Usually, I have a lot of words. I’m almost speechless,” Gatlin said after the win. “Everything just feels so surreal. I just let the heart really go out and do what it had to do. I wasn’t too hyped, wasn’t too calm. It felt just right and went out there and gave it my all. I have a lot more left in the tank.”
I feel the Olympic energy starting, and after watching yesterday’s trials I know many of my early mornings will start watching the London Games.
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
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