Excitement is growing for the 2012 Olympic Games with the men’s 100 metres event already stirring up excitement.
The three leaders in the field, Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell met at the Jamaican Olympic Athletic Trials over the weekend and to everyone’s shock Blake run it in 9.75s beating Bolt by .11s. Bolt had a slow start in both the final and semi-final, afterwards he said “I had to ignore it. I had trouble getting out, but I kept feeling like I could not give up.” Bolt did win the semi-final, after a slow start he eventually took the lead and won in 10.01s.
At the last games in Beijing Bolt won gold in the the 100m, 200m and 4×100 relay, he also set a new world record in Berlin in 2009 running 100m in 9.58 seconds. However, at last year’s world championships Bolt false started and Blake was able to take first spot as Bolt stood by and watched.
However, despite the shock outcome at the Jamaican trials the betting odds don’t seem to have been effected yet. Titan Bet has placed Bolt as favourite to win with odds of 1.57, Blake is second at 3.25 and Powell is down in fourth place at 15.00 behind Tyson Gay in third at 11.00.
Until the trials Bolt had run the two fastest times in the world this year, 9.76s in Rome last month and 9.79 earlier this month in Oslo. Last year Powell just beat Blake for the Jamaican title as Bolt was sitting out thanks to a bye into the World Championships.
All eyes will now be on the 200m trials which are taking place on Sunday evening. After Bolt’s defeat he will be desperate to claim first place and it wouldn’t be surprising to see an incredibly fast run from both Bolt and Blake.