Fast times and peace coming back for Tyson Gay

Mon Jun 1, 2015 4:54pm EDT
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By Gene Cherry

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Tyson Gay is finally at peace with himself after a 2013 doping positive cost him his reputation and the only Olympic medal he ever won.

Now the American sprinter hopes to rekindle the speed that once made him a double world champion.

A big step in the long process came on Saturday at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League in Oregon where the 32-year-old pulled off a season-opening victory in the 100 meters.

His time of 9.88 seconds was the third fastest in the world for 2015, and his best since returning last year from his doping suspension.

For Gay, that was a significant accomplishment.

"Winning this race gave me a lot of peace," said the American record holder whose 100 meters best of 9.69 second came in 2009.

"I know I've still got it, and that competitive edge will never leave, so that felt pretty good."

Feeling good about himself, however, has not been an easy path.   Continued...

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