Photo courtesy Barton Community College

Photo courtesy Barton Community College (August 5, 2012)

The word most used to describe former Barton and current US sprinter Tyson Gay after the 100 M finals in London, "inconsolable." Gay missed out on a medal by .01 seconds in what many were calling one of the most competitive Olympic finals in recent history.

"I am down right now but I gave it my best. I don't have any excuses," Gay told BBC Sport. "I wanted to do it for my family but I came up short. I tried man, that was the best I could do."

Gay, running in his second Olympics, finished forth behind Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake of Jamaica and fellow American Justin Gatlin.

Gay ran for the Cougars from 2002-2003. He has still has a chance to win a medal in London as he is expected to be a member of the US's 4x100 M relay.

Gay is one of 11 current or former Barton athletes at this year's summer Olympics. Four current or former coaches are also over in London.