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Tyson Gay replaces compatriot in JA Invitational meeting

JAMAICA BOUND: Sprinter Tyson Gay

AMERICAN SPRINTER Tyson Gay has been added to the Jamaica International Invitational line-up, replacing compatriot Justin Gatlin, who was forced to withdraw due to other commitments. Gatlin, was earlier announced to compete in the 100m at the May 9 meet set for the National Stadium.

However, the organisers of the event were informed that the 9.77 seconds man will no longer be available, as he will be focusing on the April 23-25 Penn Relays and the May 2-3 IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas instead.

Gay's last appearance at the Jamaica International Invitational came in 2013 when he won the 100m in 9.86 seconds. He is expected to face the likes of Americans Ryan Bailey and Walter Dix in the event, with Jamaicans Nesta Carter and Nickel Ashmeade also confirmed for the meet.

Gay's 100m personal best of 9.69 seconds is the American record and makes him tied for second fastest athlete ever, after Usain Bolt. The American's 200m time of 19.58 makes him the fifth fastest athlete in that event.

The athlete's star was dimmed when he received a one year ban for doping. In July 2013, it was announced that Gay had tested positive for a banned substance, following which he withdrew from consideration for the World Championships in Moscow. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) suspended him until June 23, 2014, and stripped him of his silver medal from the 2012 Summer Olympics as a result.

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