Gay might not race until U.S. trials

Updated: June 4, 2009, 3:13 PM ET
Reuters

EUGENE, Ore. -- World 100-meter champion Tyson Gay has decided not to compete in Sunday's Prefontaine Classic and likely will not run again until the U.S. championships in late June, his agent said on Thursday.

The American had considered running his first 100 meters of the season in Eugene after clocking 19.58 seconds, the third-fastest 200 meters of all-time, at last weekend's New York Grand Prix.

"It was probably slightly unrealistic to think Gay could recover that fast," his agent, Mark Wetmore, said. "He didn't even really start jogging until yesterday... There is absolutely no injury."

Gay probably will not run again until the June 25-28 U.S. nationals in Eugene, Wetmore said. "But that is up to Tyson and his coach."

The championships are serving as the U.S. trials for August's world championships in Berlin.

As the defending world 100- and 200-meter champion, Gay needs only to compete in the trials to make the American team.

World record-holder Usain Bolt already is talking about racing Gay in the 200 meters ahead of the world championships.

"I definitely want to meet Tyson before, to see where I'm at or what I need to do if he beats me," Bolt told Reuters in Jamaica.

"He shook off some injuries, took his time and got back on track and worked his way back up and he is now showing that he is one of the best athletes in the world," Bolt said.

Any race likely would take place in Europe in July. Bolt is scheduled to compete in Lausanne, Paris and London during that period.

Wetmore said he wanted to talk to Gay next week before mapping out the sprinter's European schedule.