Tyson Gay is an American track and field sprinter, who competes in the 100 and 200 meters dash. His 100 m personal best of 9.69 seconds is the American record and makes him tied for second fastest athlete ever, after Usain Bolt. His 200 m time of 19.58 makes him the fifth fastest athlete in that event. He holds the world record in the 200 meters straight.
Gay has won numerous medals in major international competitions, including a gold medal sweep of the 100 m, 200 m and 4 x 100 m relay at the 2007 Osaka World Championships. This made him the second man to win all three events at the same World Championships, after Maurice Greene. Gay is a four-time U.S. champion in the 100 m.
At the 2008 Olympic Trials, he ran a wind assisted 9.68 seconds in the 100 m. Days after he suffered a severe hamstring injury in the 200 m trials, he did not win any medals at the Beijing Olympics.
His performance of 9.71 seconds to win the 100 m silver medal in the 2009 World Championships is the fastest non-winning time for the event. At the 2012 Summer Olympics he ran 9.80 in the 100 m final, but finished fourth, making him the fastest non-medalist in Olympic history. Gay won silver as part of the USA 4 x 100 m relay team in the same games, setting the US national record at 37.04s.