Hip on mend, Gay looks forward to showdown

Tyson Gay prepares to run during a United States track and field team open training session for the 2012 Summer Olympics, in Birmingham, England, Wednesday, July 25, 2012. /AP Photo/Jon Super

BIRMINGHAM, England — Tyson Gay took his time loosening up his surgically repaired hip at the end of the track, rotating his body this way and that as he listened to music through headphones.

He did lunges, toe touches, some twists at the waist and deep knee bends. Finally, he skipped along in his lane before practice Wednesday at Alexander Stadium.

Only after all of that did he even consider a light jog, let alone sprinting.

It takes quite a bit to prepare with his healing right hip. He’s overly cautious, too, especially with the 100 meters in London just days away.

Gay went through a rather light workout, blazing 30 meters down the track before shutting it down.

Still, it was enough to see this: He’s rounding into form and nearly ready to take on Usain Bolt & Co.

— Associated Press