Tyson Gay’s Olympic dreams in the 100 meters were dashed Sunday night at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Needing a top-three finish in the finals to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team and a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Gay finished fifth out of eight runners — .23 seconds behind winner Justin Gatlin. Gay, running out of Lane 7, finished in 10.03 seconds.
The 33-year-old Gay, a Lafayette graduate, owns the second-fastest 100-meter time in history, but he has never won an Olympic medal in the event. He failed to reach the 100-meter finals in the 2008 Beijing Games, and in the 2012 London Games he narrowly missed out on a bronze.
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