SportsTyson Gay Has a Lot of Gold Necklaces, Bad Olympic Night
A heartbreaking finish leaves the Mr. T of American sprinters medal-less for the third straight games.
Tyson Gay has long been one of the best sprinters in the world, but in these Olympics he's been best known for his dope gold chains. I mean look at these:
I mean that's cool. Running while rocking a Mr. T look is pretty legendary. But Gay's Olympic legend is becoming something of a nightmare. Despite being one of the fastest men in the history of the world, and this being his third Olympics, Gay has zero Olympic medals to his name thanks to a combination of bad luck and poor choices.
In the 2008 Beijing games, he and a teammate screwed up a handoff during the 4x100m relay that left them off the podium. In 2012 his relay team came in second and went home with the silver, until it was discovered that Gay had used performance enhancing drugs and the medal was stripped. That brings us to 2016, when a 34-year-old Gay had redemption on the brain after he made the 4x100m team.
For a moment on Friday it seemed like Gay would get that redemption and add a medal to his mantle, when the US team seemingly finished third. Look how happy they were.
But shortly after that photo was taken, the team was disqualified for an early baton handoff from Gay's teammates Rodgers and Gatlin. The decision left Gay reeling and talking of running again in 2020.
"I’ve got to go to 2020, man. I didn’t plan on running until I’m 38,
but, hell, it seems like I’ve got to to get another medal."
And though many will be quick to throw Gay's performance enhancing past in his face, I think it's pretty hard to look at this photo and not feel for what Gay almost achieved.
I hope to see you in 2020, Tyson. This story can still have a happy ending.