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Tyson Gay will make his 2012 debut in New York at the Adidas Grand Prix on Saturday. Gay will be in the “B” section and will not be racing head-to-head with 2011 world champion Yohan Blake. Gay, and his agent Mark Wetmore, cited preparedness issues as the reason he would not be racing in the premiere section. In the same article, Wetmore says that Gay could be ready for something in the 9.9s on Saturday.
Whether or not that is realistic is debatable, but the fact that it is even being considered seems to undermine the unpreparedness argument for why Gay needs to be in a separate section. Nobody begrudges him if he needs a tune-up race and can’t touch a sub-10 yet, but claiming he isn’t race-ready and then floating 9.9 is highly contradictory. Regardless, this should be the most anticipated “B” section of 2012
The most recent start lists for New York can be found here.
The most recent start lists for the Bislett Games, Oslo’s stop on the Diamond League have been posted. Some races to keep an eye on:
Can Usain Bolt improve on his world leading 9.76 in the 100 “against” Asafa Powell?
Lolo Jones will try to get back on track in the 100 hurdles against Sally Pearson, Kristi Castlin, Tiffany Porter and Jessica Ennis.
Kenenisa Bekele, Tariku Bekele, Dejen Gebremeskel, Imane Merga and the rest of the strong Ethiopian contingent will battle for Olympic spots in the men’s 5000.
American Morgan Uceny will try to close the gap on breakout Ethiopians Abeba Aregwai, Genzebe Dibaba in the 1500.
Ken Goe’s links from Monday.
Writer David Davis is writing a book on the first woman to run a marathon, Merry Lepper. Hard to believe it was in 1963.
Start list for the Portland Track Festival, which features Dathan Ritzenhein and Lauren Fleshman.