Sunday, December 27, 2009

Gay to get dance lessons from Bolt and Powell?

According to world-track.org
American world silver medallist Tyson Gay said he would be up for some dance moves lesson from his Jamaican sprinting colleagues.

Gay was a special guest at Asafa Powell’s charity event – ‘A Night on Tracks with Asafa and Friends’ – held on Sunday at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston.

The man who replaced Powell as the second fastest sprinter over the 100 metres this past season, jammed to the Jamaican beats, alongside Powell and Usain Bolt, but he said he is still working on his dancing skills and is keen to get some lessons while he was still here in the island.

My rhythm is not up right now, my dance skills are not up but maybe they can show me some moves while I am here,” Gay told the Jamaica Gleaner.

The 2007 Osaka World Championships sprint champion finished behind Bolt’s world record run of 9.58 seconds at the World’s in Berlin in August with a time of 9.71secs. He then lowered the mark later on in September to 9.69secs and the American is excited about starting his preparation for next season.

He admits to being out of shape, but will begin training next week.

“I am out of shape right now so I am just going to start off by getting my wind up and then after that I am going to get more technical in the weight room,” Gay said.

“I am not going to worry about lifting a lot of weights this year and getting big, I am going to worry about more technique in the weight room to improve some of the things that I have to do on the track.”

Gay also said he did not think twice about accepting Powell’s invitation for the charity event and was inspired to start his own in the US.

“Asafa Powell invited me here to his charity event and I didn’t hesitate. Once he asked me to come and he told me it was for the community, for the kids and for the sport I came down right away,” said Gay, who had missed Bolt’s party earlier this month due scheduled commits back in his country.

.He added: “It is great. He has inspired me to start my charity back in the United States to bring track and field together, to make it bigger and more popular in the United States and I think it is good to give back to your community.

“It shows that he is not just a superstar, it shows that he is a human being who cares about other people and helping people in Jamaica,” he added.

By Gary Smith, World-Track