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Tyson Gay 100 percent for the 100

Posted by Shira Springer, Globe Staff  August 11, 2008 04:31 AM

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BEIJING -- At a press conference, Tyson Gay said he was fully recovered from a left hamstring strain suffered in July at the US track and field trials. He is ready to run in the men’s 100 meter competition, which starts with qualifying on Friday and continues with the finals on Saturday at the National Stadium. Gay is a medal favorite in the event along with Jamaicans Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt.

“The hamstring is 100 percent now,” said Gay. “It took about four weeks to get fully recovered and things like that. But I’ve basically been getting rehab on it and doing some light training during the process.”

When asked if had any concern about not racing since suffering the injury, Gay added: “Not at all. I’d rather be 100 percent coming to the Olympics, than risk being 85 percent and going to a meet just to see where I’m at. I had a few chances in practice to see where I’m at and that gave me a confidence booster.”

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