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Men’s 100m Final
Olympic Athletics
K.O 21.50, BBC 1

Beijing 2008, Usain Bolt (Jamaica) 9.69
Athens 2004, Justin Gatlin (USA) 9.85
Sydney 2000, Maurice Greene (USA) 9.87
Atalanta 1996, Donovan Bailey (Canada) 9.84
Barcelona 1992, Linford Christie (Great Britain) 9.96
Seoul 1988, Carl Lewis (USA) 9.92
Los Angeles 1984, Carl Lewis (USA) 9.99
Moscow 1980, Allan Wells (Great Britain) 10.25
Montreal 1976, Hasely Crawford (Trinidad) 10.06
Munch 1972, Valeriy Borzov (Soviet Union) 10.14

With a global audience of over a billion people, the men’s 100m final is undoubtedly the highlight of any Olympics and tonight’s race is already being hyped up as a clash between defending champion Usain Bolt and his younger compatriot Yohan Blake. The Jamaican pair have been the fastest men in the world this year and Blake, the younger of the two, shocked athletics by beating Bolt in both the 100m and the 200m races at the Jamaican Trials.

Bolt lit up world sport with electrifying performances at the Beijing Olympics, setting world records in both the 100m and 200m events and with the relay team in the 4x100m. However, he lost his world crown when false starting in the 2011 final and, with the IAAF keeping the ‘one false start and you are out disqualified rule’ there is absolutely no margin of error for any competitor tonight.

Blake was the youngest man in history to run sub-10 seconds when he was 19 and, now 22, he hasn’t stopped improving. The market has the race as a match and it’s difficult to see where the competition is going to come from. The American Tyson Gay is the second fastest man in history, having run 9.69 at Shanghai in 2009, but the triple world champion has been blighted by injuries over the last few years and failed to qualify for the final four years ago in Beijing.

Many people have noticed how quiet Bolt seems to have been in the run-up to the Games but, while many have taken that as a sign of nerves, it’s perhaps a good thing that the speedball is seeking to stay out of the spotlight until the race. He has played down concerns over his fitness and looked fine during qualification.

Put simply, if Bolt can run a time between 9.5 – 9.6, he will win. Too much emphasis has been placed on his defeats to Blake and that has allowed the reigning champion to drift to a very backable price.

RECOMMENDATION: (1-10 points)
Back Bolt at around 1.82 on BETDAQ: 5 points

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