July 1, 2008 - by
Dix Reaches A New Degree Of Sprinting His Way

July 1, 2008

Courtesy: Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times

Tyson Gay and Darvis Patton wore high-tech, aerodynamically engineered bodysuits to run the finals of the men’s 100-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic track trials on Sunday.

Walter Dix of Coral Springs wore a Florida State singlet.

Clearly, it wasn’t the clothes that made the man — or made him fast.

Dix, the NCAA champion at 200 meters, went down in distance but stepped up a notch to finish second to Gay in one of the fastest races in history. Shrugging off a hamstring injury that plagued him most of the season, Dix found the drive and power to run a wind-aided 9.80 seconds and grab a berth on the Beijing Olympic team.

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