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Gay’s Olympic bid comes up short in 100 meters

Justin Gatlin reacted after winning the men’s 100-meter final at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene Ore. Lafayette graduate Tyson Gay, second from left, finished fifth, failing to make the Olympic team.
Justin Gatlin reacted after winning the men’s 100-meter final at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene Ore. Lafayette graduate Tyson Gay, second from left, finished fifth, failing to make the Olympic team. AP

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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