Gay, Gatlin move on at nationals

June 23, 2011 - 9:29 PM
US Championships Athletics

Ashton Eaton throws during his decathlon shot put at the U.S. outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June, 23, 2011.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Tyson Gay moved into the second round of the 100 meters Thursday, despite a less-than-stellar time of 10.01 seconds in the U.S. Nationals.

Gay was second to Ivory Williams, who finished the wind-aided heat in 9.95.

Among those joining Gay in the semifinals will be Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion, who is returning to nationals for the first time since 2006, after a four-year doping ban.

Gatlin finished his preliminary heat in 10.08 seconds and on Friday will be among the 18 sprinters looking for three spots at the world championships later this summer.

America's top-ranked woman, Carmelita Jeter, also advanced easily, in 10.88.