Tyson Gay was so choked up, he couldn't speak. Justin Gatlin was so happy he struggled to find the right words.
Once again, Gay walked away empty-handed from the Olympics when he finished fourth in the 100-meter final that was dominated by Usain Bolt on Sunday night.
''I tried, man,'' Gay said as tears streamed down his face. ''I tried my best.''
With Gatlin, it was never about effort, only whether he would get another chance. He made the most of it, chasing Bolt and his Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake to the wire, before winding up with the bronze.
Eight years ago, Gatlin was on top of the sprint world after winning gold in Athens. But he tested positive for excessive testosterone in 2006, leading to a four-year ban that prevented him from defending his title in Beijing.
At 30, Gatlin wasn't sure he would be in this position again.
Sure, he envisioned a comeback, but never anything quite like this. He blazed out of the blocks on Sunday, picked up steam midway through the race a...