By Gary Smith, World-Track
EUGENE — Floating on the back of his remarkable 19.58seconds in the 200 metres in New York, last month, Tyson Gay is hoping lay down a fast 100-metres time at the .U.S. championships and leave in a flash.
The World sprint double champion is set to run only his first 100m dash this season, but plans to execute correctly and make his stay in Eugene a brief one.
"I plan to run the first round of the 100 metres and see how things go," Gay was quoted as telling Reuters. "If I execute everything I need to work on, I’ll just leave it at that."
The 26-year-old, who received two wildcards and has already earned his spot in the American team for the World Championships in August, said the reason to not wanting to run all the rounds is simply to stay healthy for the Berlin.
"The national championships are very important to me, but it also is very important for me to stay healthy," Gay said.
"I learned that last year, running real fast and then not having time to recover.
"I want to stay healthy for the world championships," added the sprinter who races in the first round of the 100m on Thursday.
Gay plans to defend his title against Jamaica’s towering sprint sensation Usain Bolt, the Olympic sprint double champion from Beijing last summer.
Bolt is also the world record holder in both the 100m and 200m. He produced a slight wind-assisted 9.77seconds already this summer.