Video:Profile of Tyson Gaywith Michael Sanchez
Learn a brief history of athlete Tyson Gay as well as his achievements up until the present. Watch this video from About.com to see how Gay made it to the Olympics.See Transcript
Transcript:Profile of Tyson Gay
Today we'll be learning about american track and field sprinter and gold medal champion Tyson Gay.
Biography of Tyson Gay
Tyson Gay was born on august 9th, 1982 in Lexington, Kentucky and was raised in a family of track and field runners, including his mother, grandmother and sister. By senior year, Gay was focusing on the 100 meter and won the state championship in the event, setting a new high school championship record of 10.60 seconds. At the Kentucky High School State Championships in June 2001, Gay won gold in the 100m, setting a new personal best and the state record with 10.46 seconds. in 2004 at the NCAA Men's outdoor track and field championships, Gay became University of Arkansas' first 100m NCAA champion, setting a school record of 10.06 seconds.
More of Tyson Gay's Accomplishments
In June 2005, Gay turned professional and later that year won his first gold medal in the 200 meter at the World Athletics Final in Monaco. 2006 saw Gay win gold medals at the World Cup in Athens where he raced in the 100 meter and the 4x100 meter relay as well as his 200 meter win at the IAAF World Athletics Final in Stuttgart. In 2007, Gay competed at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka where he won gold in the 100 and 200 meter races as well as the 4x100 meter relay.
Tyson Gay's Path to the Olympics
That year he was chosen as the IAAF Male World Athlete of the Year, the 2007 Men's Athlete of the Year by Track and Fields News and was also given the Harrison Dillard award. in 2008, Gay competed in the Adidas Track Classic in Jamaica where he won gold in both the 100 and 200 meter races. During the US Olympic Trials, Gay set a new US record in the 100 meter with a time of 9.77 seconds, breaking Maurice Greene's 9-year-old record. In spite of this breakthrough, Gay suffered a hamstring injury in the 200 meter race subsequently hindering his training for the Olympics and ruining any chances of winning.
Gay competed in the World Athletics Final in 2009 winning the gold medal in the 100 meter race as well as the IAAF World Championships where, while only winning the silver, set a new US record of 9.71 seconds in the 100 meter race. in 2010, Gay won the 100 meter races in the British Grand Prix and the London Grand Prix as well as the DN Galan where he beat the Olympic and World champion runner Usain Bolt and set a new stadium record of 9.84 seconds. Tyson Gay currently holds the US record in the 100 meter with a time of 9.69 seconds and looks to be a worthy contender in the 2012 Olympics in london.
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