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US track and field trials: Familiar names contend, but one event could end with a coin toss

There was a tie for 3rd place in the women's 100-meter sprint over the weekend. Both runners will choose between a runoff or a coin toss to determine the third team member to go to London.


This June 23 photo provided by USA Track & Field shows the third-place finish of the women's 100-meter final from a photo-finish camera, shot at 3,000-frames-per-second, during the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh, in foreground, finished in a dead heat for the last U.S. spot in the 100 to the London Games, each leaning across the finish line in 11.068 seconds.

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Americans Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay could have the best chance of chasing down Usain Bolt at the London Games after showing they're rounding into top form in the 100-meter final of the U.S. Olympic trials.

Gatlin won in 9.80 seconds Sunday and Gay was second — 0.06 seconds behind.

"These two can really encourage each other and motivate each other to take on that other little island out there who's been dominating America," said former hurdler Renaldo Nehemiah, who represents Gatlin.

Their comebacks far from complete, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay are on the right path. For Gatlin, it's a journey back from a doping past, while for Gay, it's a march toward full recovery after hip surgery nearly a year ago.

With their performances, Gatlin and Gay might have put Bolt and his Jamaican teammates on notice — or so they hope.

"I think he (Bolt) is a great talent and a great runner. I'm just glad to be back and in my top form," Gatlin said.

Gay, the American record holder, showed no ill effects of his surgically repaired right hip as he flew down the track, not a trace of a limp in his step.

He was headed to London when a year ago that very notion looked improbable.


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