Tyson Gay signs up with sprint guru Smith in LA

Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:03pm EDT
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By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) - Former double world champion Tyson Gay has signed up to work with sprint guru John Smith in Los Angeles, his new coach told Reuters on Friday.

Gay, who last summer completed a one-year ban for a 2013 positive doping test and had been mentored by Lance Brauman for years, began working with Smith's sprint group this week.

"I have had the blessings from Lance and I am now his sprint coach," Smith said in a telephone interview.

"He came on Monday and we have been working the five days," said the longtime coach, whose athletes include former world record holder and Olympic champion Maurice Greene, and four-time Olympic medalist Ato Boldon.

Carmelita Jeter, the 2011 world 100m champion, continues to train with Smith.

"My job is to take care of the talent that was developed before he got here," Smith said of the 32-year-old Gay.

Gay, the American record holder at 100m and the joint second-fastest man of all-time at 9.69 seconds, hoped to make the U.S. team for August's world championships in Beijing and compete in the 2016 Olympics, Smith said.

"His competitiveness will allow him to compete at a high level," his new coach said.   Continued...

Tyson Gay of the U.S. gestures after winning in the 100m event of the Lausanne Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, July 4, 2013.    REUTERS/Denis Balibouse