Everyone's talking about the Olympics — the athletes, the sports, the competitions. But there has been surprisingly little conversation about the premier event of these 2012 London Olympics: the 100-meter showdown between Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.
Usain Bolt has been called "The Fastest Man Alive" and is one of the most electrifying athletes in all of sports. He holds the world records for the 100-meter, the 200-meter, and (along with teammates) the 4x100-meter. He broke world records in all those events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He then broke his own records in the 100-meter and 200-meter races at the 2009 world championships.
Bolt has decimated every record in the books and done so with a tremendous flair making him a global icon.
However, there's now talk that he could lose in the very events he's so dominated recently. This is because his fellow countryman, Yohan Blake, has burst onto the scene. Blake is the current world champion in the 100-meter. Still, there is an asterisk attached to that victory because Bolt false started his way out of the competition.
Oh, and one more thing. Yohan Blake actually beat Usain Bolt head-to-head in the 100-meter and 200-meter during the Jamaican Olympic trials. Bolt was dealing with some injuries during the trials that some claim was the cause of his defeat.
This all sets the stage for a must-watch match-up at the London Olympics.
No one knows for sure, but a lot of people put the smart money on Blake winning the 100-meter and Bolt winning the 200-meter. Blake gets off to a much better start off the block than Bolt does. This gives him a great advantage in a shorter race, but in the longer race Bolt's 6-foot-5 frame will help him overcome Blake's start.
Bolt's advantage has always been the length of his stride.
The most exciting aspect of this event is that whoever wins, there's a decent chance that man will set a world record. They both might break the world record.
This will be the most thrilling and exhilarating match-up of the Olympics. Who's your money on?