Whenever the Olympic Games are on everyone has different preferences. Some may like the beach volleyball; some may like the javelin or field hockey. However, everyone is in agreement that the headliner is the 100m final.
For this very reason the fastest man ever, Usain Bolt, is the face of track and field. He is a hot commodity and he revels in the limelight. He knows that the whole field is chasing him.
For years his greatest threat was that of Tyson Gay, a man so determined to defeat the huge Jamaican that a smile nary crossed his face. Then he fell away because of injury and form. The Jamaicans began to dominate, with Asafa Powell still yearning for top spot and Yohan Blake becoming World champion in Daegu, South Korea, in 2011.
Gay is back from a long rehabilitation, though, and the outsider fought his way onto the plane with an Olympic qualifying time of 9.86s at the recent US Trials. He finished second in the final behind Justin Gatlin, who ran 9.80s.
The 2004 Olympic champion has himself had a long road to rehabilitation, missing the 2008 Beijing Olympics because of a well documented doping ban. Gatlin is now undefeated for the season and heads to London in good spirits. He has a lot of work to do first, however.
Bolt has admitted to having patchy form this season. Despite this the fastest time of the year was recorded by Bolt, who ran the 100m in 9.76. He has also already vowed to pull something out of the bag for the ancient Games. That would mean that he would be aiming to top his own record of 9.58s.