MIAMI, FL — Tyson Gay will open his season over the 100 metres dash at the 2012 adidas Grand Prix in New York on Saturday.
The American record holder who has been hit by a series of injuries, will take part in the “B” section of the Diamond League event, which means he will not be going up against Jamaican world champion Yohan Blake.
“I am nervous (about the race) because I have high expectations for myself,” Gay told Reuters in an interview.
“ I don’t know what I can run, but my sprint coach (Jon Drummond) told me today he thought I could open decently.”
Earlier this season Gay’s camp had suggested that the sprinter’s first competitive race could very well be at the U.S. Olympic trials this month.
However, both parties were not willing to wait that long and take any chances and suggested that a low-key race at home away from the top athletes would have been a better option.
“I’ve got to see where my body is,” Gay said.
Track and field fans were delighted to hear that he would be racing over the 100m, an event in which Usain Bolt’s training partner and the second quickest in the world this season, Blake would also race in.
But Gay admits he’s not ready for such a challenge as yet.
“I am running in the B section because, competition wise, I am not ready yet,” Gay said.
His gent, Mark Wetmore, echoed those statements to Reuters.
“It may not be ideal for everyone, with two athletes of that caliber in different races, but in an Olympic year we have to look after Tyson,” Wetmore was quoted as saying.
“Blake, under the right conditions, could run 9.7.
“We don’t know what Tyson can run. Hopefully he can have a great race and run 9.9.”
The “B” could see Gay racing against the likes of Aaron Amstrong from Trinidad and Tobago, Gerald Phiri of Zimbabwe and Jason Young of Jamaica.