News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Aug. 3, 2012: In just a matter of hours, the athletics portion of the Olympics will begin in London and one of the biggest questions on many lips is where Yohan Blake can beat his fellow country man and grab the title of World’s fastest man away from Usain Bolt.
The two will be clashing in the preliminaries of the men’s 100-m’s at 10 am British time on August 4th in the Olympic Stadium.
Bolt is also set to defend his 200-m title starting three days later, on August 7th. The men’s 4 x 100-m Relay starts on August 10th.
Bolt’s win is predicted by his track team doctor, Winston Dawes, who expects the world’s fastest man will be in peak condition as he attempts to retain both individual titles and help Jamaica keep their 4 x 100-m crown.
“He’s back fully,” Dawes said. “He has been training very, very hard and his performance is on track. We expect he’ll be fully fit by the time the Olympics come around.”
Dawes also believes Bolt and sprint rival Yohan Blake could reach new heights in London for the Jamaican team.
“Both of them are at the top of their game. If the conditions are ideal, then we are going to see something fantastic. We may see records go. They are 100% fit and 100% raring to go. They are mentally fit and they are going to be going all out.”
Blake for his part insists: “I am not focusing on Usain Bolt, I am focusing on my race and getting the job done, if you are focused on Usain and the other guys you may not get the job done.”
Blake won the world championship in Daegu, South Korea, last year after Bolt was disqualified from the final for a false start
Blake also went on to beat bolt in the 100m and 200m Olympic trials in June.
“A win is a win. I gain confidence from Daegu, I know what I can do even though Usain was not at his best I really take confidence in everything I do,” Blake said.
English bookmaker William Hill has Bolt at odds of 4-6 Blake at 6-4 and the next closest is American Tyson Gay at 10-1.
Bolt will be the men’s 100m’s on August 4th in the Olympic Stadium, with his defence of the 200m title starting three days later on 7 August. The men’s 4 x 100m Relay starts on August 10th.
The Saturday, Aug. 4the schedule on NBC TV and at NBCOlympics.com is as follows:
5 a.m. Men’s 100m – Preliminaries
5:05 a.m. Women’s Heptathlon – Long Jump
5:20 a.m. Women’s Pole Vault – Qualification
5:35 a.m. Men’s 400m – Round 1
6:35 a.m. Women’s Steeplechase – Round 1
6:40 a.m. Women’s Heptathlon – Javelin Throw
7:30 a.m. Men’s 100m – Round 1
12 p.m. Men’s 20km walk
2 p.m. Men’s 400m Hurdles – Semifinals
2:30 p.m. Women’s Discus Throw – Final
2:35 p.m. Women’s 100m – Semifinals
2:55 p.m. Men’s Long Jump – Final
3:05 p.m. Women’s 400m – Semifinals
3:35 p.m. Women’s Heptathlon – 800m
4:15 p.m. Men’s 10,000m – Final
4:55 p.m. Women’s 100m – Final.
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