Tyson Gay impressive in relay

Updated: April 20, 2008, 10:59 PM ET
Associated Press

WALNUT, Calif. -- Tyson Gay ran a brisk anchor leg for the winning men's 400-meter relay team Sunday at the Mount SAC Relays, an early season tuneup for what he hopes will be a golden summer.

Gay, the defending world champion in the 100 and 200, came from 5 yards back to help his team to a time of 38.51 seconds. A handheld, unofficial clocking had his leg at 8.88 seconds, which of course includes a running start for the handoff.

The former University of Arkansas star hopes to compete in both sprints in the Olympics in China this summer.

After his race at the Mount San Antonio Community College meet, often used by athletes for training purposes, Gay said "Once I got running, I felt relaxed. I had fun."

He ran in a relay at the Texas Relays earlier this month, and plans to compete in the meet at Carson, Calif., next month.

Gay said that, in the meantime, he will be working on his start, and "making sure I stay healthy."

Asafa Powell of Jamaica, the world record-holder in the 100, was scheduled to run in a relay at Mount SAC, but he pulled out because of a sore pectoral muscle, hurt during weight training.

Allyson Felix, the women's 200 silver medalist at the 2004 Olympics, ran fast legs in anchoring teams in the 100 and 400 relays at Mount SAC. She was too far behind when she got the baton to help her teams win, but handheld, unofficial clockings had her with a 9.8 leg in the 400 relay and a 49.8 in the 800.

"I just have fun here, running with my teammates that I train with all year long," she said.

Asked her plans as she points to Beijing, Felix said, "I'll just run in the 100 and 200 at the (U.S.) trials and go from there."

Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, the reigning Olympic champion in the 200 and world champion in the 100, ran a 22.6 in winning the 200 at Mount SAC.

Giovanni Lanaro of Mexico took the men's pole vault at 18 feet, 0½ inches.

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