United States sprinter Tyson Gay can cause a huge shock by beating Usain Bolt in the men's 100-meter final today. It is srongly believed by Track legends Michael Johnson and Edwin Moses.
Johnson and Moses identified the key factors that Gay needs to execute to give himself a chance of taking Bolt's crown and staving off the challenge from a series of contenders including Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Justin Gatlin and Ryan Bailey.
Bolt's explosive speed created one of the greatest moments in Games history in Beijing four years ago when he scorched the track at the Bird's Nest stadium in a remarkable time of 9.69 seconds despite slowing down toward the finishing line.Gay, who is seeking his first Olympic medal, missed that meet with an injury and is content to have slipped under the radar leading into London. Much of the attention naturally has centered on Bolt and his rivalry with Jamaican teammate Blake.
Gay was solid in his heat on Saturday, running a controlled race of 10.08 into a considerable headwind. Bailey was the fastest qualifier at 9.88, Gatlin produced an impressive 9.97 and Blake looked relaxed and dangerous in running 10 seconds flat.
As for Bolt, he made a sluggish start, but responded quickly and jogged the last quarter of the race to record 10.09. No one is taking him lightly, and the world anticipates more sporting brilliance on Sunday night.
But Johnson, the 200 and 400 meter icon, is not so certain Bolt will repeat as Olympic champion.
Tyson Gay is going to be the one to watch. He is capable of making a tremendous start, has very good acceleration, beautiful technique and smooth transitions of speed. He is good enough to win.
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