Gay vows to help US regain sprint dominance
Although he has admitted a love for Jamaica and the 'warm and friendly vibe of Jamaicans' when he competes here, veteran American sprinter Tyson Gay says he wants to help his country retake the sprint capital of the world title at this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
"I feel good coming here, people show me a lot of love and I have a lot of fans and lot of respect," Gay said last Saturday following his season opener at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet at the National Stadium.
Both countries have been locked in that sprint battle for almost a decade according to Gay. It's a battle the American national record holder said they are hoping to win soon.
Jamaica, riding on the backs of mega stars such Usain Bolt and Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce and veteran Veronica Campbell-Brown, has been considered the "sprint capital" for successive Olympic and World Championships.
The American clocked 10.08 seconds last Saturday but says he is not concerned with times just yet.
Gay, the American record holder for the 100m with a best of 9.69, said he will to return for next year's JII "if I am invited back."