Can Usain Bolt defend 100m crown?
August 05, 2012 18:44:56 UK
Usain Bolt is looking to defend his 100m title at the Olympics.
With questions about his fitness and the challenge of countryman Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt looks to defend his 100m title from the Beijing Olympics.
The World Record holder has the second fastest time of the season, trailing only Blake, but also faces a strong challenge from Americans Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin.
Surprisingly Asafa Powell remains somewhat under the radar and yet it is quite possible that Jamaica could go one, two and three in the Final should all three men make it through.
Dwain Chambers remains the current British hope, but could struggle to make the final while the Olympics have probably come a year too soon for Adam Gemili who has made great strides in the past 12 months for the host nation.
Bolt is 1.25 to defend his 100m crown, Blake can be backed at 4.50, while Chambers is 1213.00 to win it for Britain.
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In the Women's 400m Sanya Richards-Ross is the top American qualifier just behind Russian Antonina Krivoshapka.
Dee Dee Trotter and Francena McCorory also represent the US, but the wild card could be the defending Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain.
Just before the Women's final, the Men's 400m semi-finals hit the track with the focus once again on South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius.
Making the final would be an amazing accomplishment for Pistorius who eased through to the semifinals in his heat with little concern.
There are also Finals in the Men's Steeplechase and Hammer competition while the Women's Triple Jump looks to be a tight contest with no clear favorite.
On her day Tatyana Lebedeva is the class of the group, but five women in the field have jumped further than the Russian this season.
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