It became apparent very quickly that Tyson Gay was still hurting even though the men’s 100-metre race was already 72 hours old.
The agony of missing out on his first Olympic medal was still painfully raw when he met The New Paper in London yesterday morning (Singapore time).
The American sprinter was hours away from his 30th birthday, but he was in no mood to celebrate, after his fourth-place finish in what is traditionally the biggest race of all at the Olympics.
Visibly downcast, he said: “Every athlete wants a medal... and life sometimes deals you a bad hand. I’ve been through so much and I continued to work hard. I really thought I deserved a medal.”