By Gary Smith, World-Track
American sprint double world champion Tyson Gay will run at least one round of 100-metres at the U.S. Championships next week.
According to his manager Mark Wetmore, Gay, who automatically gets slots in both the 100m and 200m at the World Championships in Berlin later this summer – having won both events at the last championships in Osaka two-year-ago, will only race in the 100m.
"He is committed to running one round in the 100," Wetmore was quoted as telling Reuters. "It is unlikely he will run more than one round but it is possible.
"If he felt (after a good first round) he wanted to run more we have not closed out that possibility."
The U.S. Championships will be held in Eugene, Oregon and begin on Thursday with the first round heats of 100m scheduled for the same day.
Last month Gay clocked the third fastest time ever over the 200m – 19.58secs at the Reebok Grand in New York in his only half-lap this season to send warning to his closest rivals.
Jamaican double sprint world record holder and Olympic champion Usain Bolt answered when he produced a sizzling 9.77secs slightly wind-assisted run in Ostrava on Wednesday to signal his own intent at winning in the German capital.
Both Gay and Bolt are scheduled to race in Europe before the world championships and if their meet calendar matches, there will be no dodging.
"He certainly is not avoiding Usain and Usain is not avoiding him," Wetmore said. "It is just a question of whether their schedules match up.
"There are still discussions involving the two meeting in Europe before Berlin."