9.68seconds in 100metres.
Gay covers 100 metres in wind-aided 9.68 seconds
His time of 9.68 seconds at the U.S. Olympic trials yesterday doesn’t count as a world record, because it was run with the help of a too-strong tailwind. Here’s what does matter: Gay qualified for his first Summer Games team and served notice he’s certainly someone to watch in Beijing.
“It means a lot to me,” the 25-year-old said. “I’m glad my body could do it, because now I know I have it in me.”
Wearing a royal blue uniform with red and white diagonal stripes across the front, along with matching shoes, all in a tribute to 1936 Olympic star Jesse Owens, Gay dominated the competition.
No one ever has covered 100 metres more quickly. The previous fastest time under any conditions was 9.69, run in 1996 by Obadele Thompson of Barbados.
Gay’s race came with the wind blowing at 4.1 metres a second. Anything above 2.0 is not allowed for record purposes. “I didn’t really care what the wind was,” Gay said afterward.
The official world record is 9.72 seconds, set by Jamaican Usain Bolt on May 31 in New York.