Gay ready to forget Gatlin animosity as American rivals team up for relay
12:27 GMT, 10 August 2012
Tyson Gay has admitted he will have to suppress any animosity he feels towards drug cheat Justin Gatlin for the benefit of the US 4x100m relay team.
Gay, 30 on Friday, missed out on bronze in the individual 100m final by just one one-hundredth of a second to compatriot Gatlin, also 30, who is competing in London after returning from a four-year ban.
Gay, the second fastest man ever, has been vocal in his opposition to athletes who take performance-enhancing drugs and struggled to hide his distaste that Gatlin had denied him a first Olympic medal.
Missing out on a medal: Gay finished fourth in the 100m final
The pair join up as part of the US sprint relay team, which competes in the first round on Friday at 7.45pm.
'It's tough,' said Gay, who has fought back from a serious hip injury earlier in the season.
'Everybody knows my stance on drugs. I work real hard so I don't want to be cheated out of nothing. Nobody does.
'I really have no choice at this point to speak (out) because we're in the relay together. I can't be having animosity, a lot of hatred – I don't want it to affect the team. We're a team when we run the 4×100.
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'I speak to him. I'll put a lot of things to the side for the team. At this point there's really nothing I can do about it. My personal coach has to talk to him, my personal coach has to put him on the relay.
'So I can't really say it's a conflict of interests it's just something that has to happen. I can't really go around being mad, not speaking to this guy because it would add more stress on me which is unnecessary.'
Speaking on behalf of his sponsor Omega, Gay added: 'I've already got a lot going on in my life as well. It's one of those things where you have to roll with the punches. It's something that has already been accepted by America and a lot of the other athletes and I just kind of roll with it.'