BEIJING (AFP) - America's world 100 metres champion Tyson Gay confessed on Monday to being stunned by basketball superstar Kobe Bryant asking him how his hamstring injury was healing.
The 26-year-old sprinter injured his hamstring in the 200m at the US trials but went to Germany to have it treated and said that it was now 100 percent - but it was more the attention paid by Bryant that had taken his breath away.
"I was very surprised," said Gay, referring to Bryant's interest in his injury and even knowing who he was.
"We were in the gymnasium and I asked him (Bryant) if I could have my photograph taken with him.
"He replied by asking about my hamstring injury and said that 'I was in his heart'. I didn't know what to expect from approaching him.
"I was so excited that I rang my mother and said 'Kobe asked me about my leg!'.
"I mean wow he's a superstar over here.
"The other night at the opening ceremony there were all these people chanting 'Kobe, Kobe' and I said to one of the coaches I want to get closer to him so I will be on television, and he said don't worry about it kid.
"Thats crazy and he said he's coming to the track to see how I go."
Gay, who broke the American 100m record at the US trials, gets his campaign underway on Friday with the final falling on Saturday.