Submitted by Yardbroom
The stadium will be full to capacity but easily brought to a hush, the proverbial “you can hear the drop of a pin comes to mind, as mutterings die away. Spectators crane necks forward and eyes intent wait for the spectacle. The day is Sunday, 5 August, 2012, the stadium clock moves with deliberate intent towards 9:50PM London time as does Big Ben across the way. The starter grips his pistol and looks across, as minor officials relishing their seconds in the limelight, check that the athletes’ fingers are behind the start line.
On your marks! get set! the starter shouts. Bodies rise, legs taught and coiled energy is about to explode. In perhaps less than ten seconds after the crack of the starters pistol, eight men will uncoil with a pumping of arms and a blur of legs. Years of training will culminate in a lunge for the finish line and arms will be held aloft. For one man his name will be recorded in the annuals of Olympic history. He will always be the Olympic 100 metres Gold medallist, who will it be?
Among those who are “likely” to be there are:
Usain Bolt (Jamaica)
Born: Trelawny, 100 metres Olympic Champion
Yohan Blake (Jamaica)
Born: St James
Best time: 100 metres 9.75s (Kingston) 2012
Tyson Gay (USA)
Born: Lexington, Kentucky
Best time: 100 metres 9.69s (NR)
Justin Gatlin (USA)
Born: Brooklyn, New York
Best time: 100 metres 9.80s (Eugene) 2012
Christophe Lemaitre (French)
Best time:100 metres 9.92s (Albi 2011)
We are now told he will concentrate on the 200 metres and not the 100 but you never know, these things can change.
Asafa Powell (Jamaica)
Born: Spanish Town
Best time: 100 metres 9.72s ( Lausanne 2008)
Dare you predict the first three in correct order of finishing, “NOW” even before the heats have started? have you got the knowledge and reading of form? Can you say in twenty five years or so, I got it right, for if you can it will be recorded and you too will be a “Champion” of sorts or perhaps just lucky.