By Lee Dover
There is so much action to watch during the 2012 Olympic Games that sport fans may find it hard to decide where to focus their attention.
However, anyone with even an ounce of interest in London 2012 will not want to miss a second of the Men’s 100m sprint.
The entire event is being built around the clash of the Jamaican giants Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake and whether the young pretender Blake can take Bolt’s crown.
Bolt is the reigning 100m and 200m Olympic champion, as well as the current world record holder in both contests.
Meanwhile, Blake has shot up the rankings and is the youngest man to run 100m in under 10 seconds and the youngest-ever world 100m champion.
It’s getting interesting alright. So why not add some fuel to this already blazing fire?
For starters, Bolt made the headlines in May for all the wrong reasons when he clocked 10.04 seconds in a 100m sprint in Czech Republic – the slowest of his senior career.
A year before the Jamaican could only sit on the sidelines and watch when he lost his 100m title in Daegu, South Korea after being disqualified from the World Championship final for a false start.
So is Bolt feeling the pressure? Not if these comments by the Olympian carry any weight.
This will be the moment, and this will be the year, when I set myself apart from other athletes in the world. A lot of legends, a lot of people, have come before me. But this is my time.
But Blake is known as The Beast. It’s a fitting title for a man who managed to leave Bolt eating his dust on two separate occasions in last month’s Jamaican trials.
There’s little betweeen them in Paddy Power’s online betting with Bolt favourite at 8/11 and Blake priced at 6/4 to outshine his great rival in the Men’s 100m.
There’s no margin for error as the showdown approaches on Saturday August 4.