Qualifying for the Men’s 100m dash begins, Saturday August 5th, with Usain Bolt looking to repeat as the World’s Fastest Man. But, he has competition from fellow countrymen Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell and American Tyson Gay. Olympic oddsmakers have Usain Bolt listed as 7/10 odds favorite to win gold in the Men’s 100m Dash. Let’s take a look at who can challenge Bolt. The final takes place on Sunday. Be sure to make your Men’s 100m Dash predictions before they take off.
Usain Bolt (JAM) 7/10 – won three gold medals in 2008 – in the 100- and 200-meter competitions, as well as the four-man 100-meter relay – all in world record times. Bolt’s world record for the 100 meters is 9.58 seconds. Some critics say Bolt, famous for his signature archer-like victory pose, may have grown too cocky. There’s a spotlight on his late-night partying. Bolt has been chastised for his lifestyle, urging the sprinter to seek an “audience” with God to guide him. Concerned by his late hours, some have even asked the governing body for athletics in Jamaica to provide Bolt with a driver. He has crashed two BMWs in the last year, one on his way home in June from a Kingston nightclub.
As for Bolt himself, he insists his back is now fine. He also decided that the best approach is not to fret about whatever technical issues he might have. Bolt figures he needs to set that all aside and let his 6-foot-5 frame carry him past Blake and all other challengers, such as Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin of the U.S., and Asafa Powell of Jamaica.
“He will be crowned king of the 100 meters,” as predicted, adding that he expected Bolt to repeat the feat in the 200 meters on Thursday as he did four years ago in Beijing. No man has ever won back-to-back Olympic 100-meter gold medals.
Yohan Blake (JAM) 3/2 – beat his training partner, Bolt, twice in three days over the 100-meter and 200-meter races at Jamaica’s National Championship in June. When Blake beat the world-record holder in the 100 and 200 at the Jamaican trials for the London Olympics, Bolt attributed poor-as-can-be starts in both finals to hamstring problems connected to a bad back.
To fulfill that goal in London, where the 100 heats begin Saturday, Blake will have to upstage teammate, training partner and pal Bolt yet again. “I’m not really focused on Usain,” Blake insisted. “I’m just focused on good execution and a good race.” Blake’s intensity when they train prompted Bolt to dub his buddy “The Beast,” a nickname stitched onto the tongue of Blake’s racing spikes for London. “We always train together. I know Yohan, he knows me,” Bolt said. “We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”
Tyson Gay (USA) 10/1 – was hit by hamstring problems four years ago but could be the biggest threat to Jamaican pair Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake for gold. “I really feel the missing piece of my heart is an Olympic medal,” he said. Gay also faces competition from countryman Justin Gatlin, who beat him at the US qualifiers in June. “For me, this Olympics is really special,” Gay, the second fastest man in history, said.
Gay has not won a major medal since World Championship silver in 2009 and missed most of last season with a hip injury. But he insists he is confident in his fitness. “I am not worried about it too much,” he said. “I think I will be fit, I just have to execute my first race without using too much energy and then follow up in the next two rounds. “It’s tough, but at this stage it’s about coming home with a medal. If they [Gay's rivals] run a time I’ve never been before, I can only hope my body will enable me to go there as well.
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Athletics – Track – Men’s 100m
Usain Bolt (JAM) 7/10
Yohan Blake (JAM) 3/2
Tyson Gay (USA) 10/1
Justin Gatlin (USA) 20/1
Ryan Bailey (USA) 20/1
Asafa Powell (JAM) 25/1
Christophe Lemaitre (FRA) 50/1
Churandy Martina (NED) 100/1
Jaysuma Saidy Ndure (NOR) 100/1
Keston Bledman (TRI) 100/1
Ngonidzashe Makusha (ZIM) 100/1
Daniel Bailey (ATB) 125/1
Kim Collins (SKM) 150/1
Dwain Chambers (GBR) 200/1
Men’s 100m dash
When: finals on Sunday August 5th
Pick: Bolt 7/10
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