LONDON (Sporting Alert) — After convincingly winning men’s 100 metres in a new Olympic record, Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt will seek to complete the sprint double once again when he goes in the 200m finals at the London Olympics tonight.
Bolt, who owns the world record holder of 19.19 seconds, set at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany in 2009, cruised into the final on Wednesday and promised to defend the crown he first won at the 2008 Beijing Games.
The competition for gold is strong though, at Bolt’s good friend, training partner and fellow countryman Yohan Blake, is also vying to win the top podium position and he too is confident.
Blake, the second fastest man over the distance, at 19.26secs, defeated Bolt at the Jamaica trials in June and he too has a liking for this event.
The pundits are believing the 22-year-old will dethrone Bolt of his title, especially after he ran 9.75secs in the 100m.
However, most of the athletes and sports stars around the world, believes Bolt will have little problems in creating history.
Meanwhile, a third Jamaican in Warren Weir is also in the final and he is expected to battle for the bronze.
The favourites though for that medal are Christophe Lemaitre of France, though he has to do so from a tight inside lane, American Wallace Spearmon and Netherlands’ Churandy Martina.
All, but two men in this field have gone under 20-seconds this season.
Meanwhile, David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya is the overwhelming favourite to win gold in the men’s 800m.
He will battle with Abubaker Kaki of Sudan and Ethiopia’s Mohammed Aman for the gold, though many doesn’t believe they stand a chance.