Injured Gay out of 200m

Tyson Gay's hopes of an Olympic sprint double ended in agony after the 200 metres world champion crashed out of the US trials.

Tyson Gay grimaces after falling during the first quarter-final heat of the 200 metre race at the US Olympic trials.
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EUGENE // Tyson Gay's hopes of an Olympic sprint double ended in agony on Saturday after the 200 metres world champion crashed out of the US trials when his left leg seized up during the quarter- finals. Gay tumbled to the track about 40 metres into the race with what his agent diagnosed as a severe cramp in his left hamstring.

The injury means Gay will now compete in just the 100 metres and 4x100 relay at next month's Beijing Games. "Before I went out on the track I felt a little tightness in my hamstring so I kind of had a bad feeling," Gay said. "I felt it, sort of a pull, at about 40 metres," he added. Heading to his hotel immediately to receive treatment, Gay was lucky enough to suffer no further damage, agent Mark Wetmore said.

The setback is a major blow to US hopes in Beijing and once again brings into question the strict American qualifying procedure. Only the top three finishers at the trials make the Olympic team regardless of circumstances. A similar situation deprived the US of their top 200 metres runners at the 2000 Olympics, when world record holder Michael Johnson and the then-100 metres world record holder Maurice Greene crashed out of the trials final with injuries.

Both missed the Sydney Games in the longer sprint but won gold in their first-choice events. Gay had hoped to duplicate his 2007 world 100 and 200 metres titles at Beijing. * Reuters