LOS ANGELES, May 13 AFP - Two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica and American Tyson Gay have withdrawn from Saturday’s Adidas Track Classic, officials said.
Campbell-Brown, who won 200m gold at the Athens Olympics and the Beijing Games last August, was scheduled to make her outdoor season debut but withdrew with a lingering toe injury.
Gay, the reigning world champion in the 100m and 200m pulled out because he is ``just not ready to run a 100 or 200 yet,’’ according to his management group.
Gay clocked an encouraging 45.57sec in a 400m at the Texas Invitational in Austin earlier this month.
Gay is hoping to bounce back this world championship season from a disappointing 2008 in which his Olympic hopes were sabotaged by hamstring troubles.
Initially injured at the US Olympic trials in July, he failed to make the 100m final in Beijing and was involved in a botched baton pass as the United States fell in the first round of the 4x100m relay.
The field for the meeting, in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, includes Beijing medallists Allyson Felix, Jenn Stuczynski and Jeremy Wariner.