The United States is sending Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey to London in July to compete in the men's 100m for the title of "fastest man in the world." The trio finished one, two and three at the Olympic Trials Meet in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday, edging out 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, Walter Dix and 2009 US champion, Mike Rodgers. Gatlin, 30, finished with a time of 9.8 seconds, a personal best. Gay was right on his heels with a time of 9.86 seconds.
This race was a story of overcoming obstacles for both Gatlin and Gay. Gatlin, the 2004 Gold medalist and 2005 world champion, was banned from competing for four years after testing positive for a banned substance, testosterone, during an April, 2006 meet. Gatlin returned to competition in 2010 and finished second at the US Track and Field Championships in 2011.
Gay, the 2007 world champion, had a disappointing Olympics in 2008. He failed to qualify for the 100m final during the Beijing games due to a hamstring injury. Another medal opportunity evaporated during the men's relay with a dropped baton. Gay, 29, underwent hip surgery in 2011 and just returned to competition earlier this year.
Baily, 23, is the youngest of the three US sprinters. Though largely untested at the top level of competition, he has the necessary speed. His personal best in the 100m is 9.88 seconds.
Gay, Gatlin and Bailey face tough competition in London from the Jamaican sprinters, especially Usain Bolt. Bolt, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist and 2009 world champion, has a personal best in the 100m of 9.58 seconds.
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