Afting a close call in his qualifying 100 meter heat, where he let up before the line and nearly failed to advance, Tyson Gay responded in his quarterfinal heat by running the fastest 100 meter dash ever by an American man.
Gay blazed to the finish in 9.77 to win his heat during the Olympic Trials Saturday in Eugene.
His heat-winning time was just .05 shy of the current world record.
Despite the dazzling performance, he has two more heats before he can even count on going to Beijing. A half-dozen other sprinters broke the 10-second mark in the quarterfinals, proving that both the Hayward track and the Men's 100 field are fast.
The mens' semi-finals run Sunday morning, with the Men's 100 meter final going off just before 5 pm Sunday.