By Lee Dover | Olympics
London 2012 may be a time when many fans look towards homegrown talent to collect a hefty medal haul to make their trophy cabinet look like The Treasury on a good day.
However, the men’s 100m sprint is looking more and more like it may be a three-way tie between a trio of lightning quick Jamaicans.
Anyone who has just an inkling of interest in athletics is bound to have heard of the names Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and, of course, Usain Bolt.
Over the past few years, each of them has been taking turns to show why they should be considered the best thing on legs when they walk onto an athletics track.
Much hope is being placed in Bolt captivating sports fans once more, just like he did in Beijing back in 2008 when he cruised to the 100m sprint gold.
Is Bolt only getting started?
Many people would be happy to have set a new world record at the grandest stage in the sporting world, but Bolt showed he was only getting started when he smashed his own personal feat by recording a phenomenal time of 9.58 seconds at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.
And he still intends to keep on breaking the mould, telling BBC Sport: “People are looking forward to me running 9.4 [seconds in the 100m sprint], anything that’s amazing. So I’m working as hard as possible so I can go as fast as possible.”
Confident that Bolt will light up the track come August 3? Well, Paddy Power has odds of 4/11 if you want to put a flutter on it.
Before you scramble for your cash though, you may want to gain insight from Sydney 2000 100m champion Maurice Greene.
While the Kansas Cannonball believes the Lightning Bolt is ‘dangerous’ on the athletics track, he does not think he is as hot off the handle as a few years ago.
“The race in London is going to be a lot closer than a lot of people think. It’s going to be a really exciting race,” Greene said.
So where does one look for a little more value? Perhaps start with the reigning 100m world champion Yohan Blake.
Also hailing from the hunting ground of world-class sprinters, Jamaica, Blake knows first-hand the power Bolt holds within his running shoes – he is the world’s fastest man’s training partner, after all.
However, Paddy Power has a tasty price of 7/2 that Blake will finally step out from the shadow of Bolt and forever etch his name in Olympic folklore.
Powell could hold value for punters
OK, so two’s company but three is a crowd, so step forward Asafa Powell to make this year’s Olympic men’s 100m sprint even more appetising.
The Jamaican – guessing you are starting to see a trend here – already has a fabled career in athletics, which includes once holding the 100m world record before Bolt put his stamp on the sport’s history books.
Powell has another claim to fame in that he has managed to professionally run 100m in under 10 seconds on 33 separate occasions – only the aforementioned Greene has beaten that feat.
So if you are looking for a little bit of value from the London 2012 men’s 100m sprint, surely the 13/1 for Powell to grab gold has to catch your eye and be worth a little tipple.