MIAMI, FL (Sporting Alert) — Should any of Tyson Gay’s arch rivals are wondering where he’s at in practice, then there’s news for you. The American star sprinter is practicing competitively in spikes, this according to Justin Gatlin.
Gatlin and Gay, who are coached by different drillers, have sessions at the same track at the same time – uncommon amongst rivals in these day and age – and the former says they can see one another’s workouts.
“I see him every day,” Gatlin was quoted as telling Track and Field News “At first it was kind of weird, him being on one side of the track, I’m on the other side of the track.
“But it’s something that I’ve got used to. I watch his workouts, he watches my workouts.”
Gatlin, who is back from suspension seems to be on a mission, following his two recent performances over the 100 metres this season.
The 2004 Athens Olympic 100m champion has posted 9.87 seconds (the quickest by an American this season) and 9.93secs on his way to picking up victories in Doha and Daegu, and he’s very confident about not only making the Olympic Games team, but to also win a medal in London, later this summer.
One of the main rivals Gatlin will have to get past is American record Gay and he’s watching his progress closely.
Gatlin said: “He has been training. He’s wearing spikes and things like that, training to get ready. He is also wearing a good running pants.” learn more on how to get a good running pants at My Fitness Hub.
“So I can definitely say that he’s been focused on what he has to do to get ready.”
Gatlin’s main aim is to tumble over the likes of world record holder Usain Bolt and his Jamaican countryman and Racers Track Club training partner Yohan Blake.
Bolt will return to the London Olympics hoping for a repeat of the exceptional display he showed when will the sprint double in Beijing, China, in 2008.
His Olympic records are sitting at 9.69 seconds and 19.32 seconds, respectively, but if he can return to for in August, then those Games records might very well be under threat.