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Gay eyes Crystal Palace run

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Tyson Gay is hoping to make the grade for the Olympics this summer after returning from injury © Getty Images
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Tyson Gay's comeback from injury continued with his first competitive outing in almost a year over the weekend, and the American is targeting the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on July 14 ahead of challenging Usain Bolt at the Olympics.

Gay, who underwent hip surgery to correct an injury that forced him out of last summer's World Championship, only started jogging three months ago but clocked 10 seconds flat into a headwind at Saturday's Diamond League meeting in New York.

The 29-year-old said: "I want to run at the London Grand Prix on July 14 and I'm hoping to get an invite. I also plan to run in Paris and possibly Monaco as well before the Olympics.

"I was pretty nervous before Saturday's race. It was actually quite strange after being out for so long. But it was almost like riding a bike. Once I got on the track it was like okay I haven't forgotten how to race.

"Mentally the last year has been very tough. Physically it has been very tough. I was on crutches for six weeks after the operation which was pretty frustrating. Pretty bad.

"It did cross my mind to quit the sport at one point but my pain threshold is quite high. I had good people around me - I talked to my mum about it and she helped me get through it. Running is what I do."

Gay, who is the last man to have beaten Bolt over 100 metres when he edged the Jamaican in Stockholm in 2010, added: "The thought of competing at London 2012 was also a huge factor in keeping me going, keeping me motivated.

"I want to bring home that gold medal. That's what I'm gunning for. Once I get that Olympic medal I will keep it close to me for the rest of my life."

Gay will compete in the Olympics trials for the US team on June 23 where the top three will qualify for this summer's event.

"I believe it's going to take a 9.8secs to make the team. There are three to five runners capable of that but I believe I can get in there and mix it up with them," he concluded.

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