In Beijing 2008, Usian Bolt was a lightening bolt in both the 100 and 200. In Athens 2004, USA's Justin Gatlin took the honours in the 100 and Shawn Crawford in the 200.
Now, new Jamaican sprint sensation Yohan Blake put a spoke in the works as put paid to Beijing Olympic 100 and 200 double Gold medallist Usain Bolt in the Jamaican trials in both the 100 and 200 earlier this month.
Blake pipped Bolt in each sprint event to become one of the hot favourites for the London Olympic blue ribbon track events. (www.smh.com.au)
US trials 100 metre winner, the Athens 100 metres Gold Medallist Justin Gatlin has laid down a challenge to the Jamaicans for the London Olympic's blue ribbon event. His time of 9.80 and Tyson Gay's 0.06 behind put them right in the mix. Third placed Ryan Bailey was right up there. (www.huffingtonpost.com)
Moreover Gatlin has something to prove as he was suspended for four years testing positive for excessive testosterone in 2006 which prevented him from competing in Beijing. There was uproar at the time, as the claim was that he was clean. Coming back like this illustrates he's no quitter and he just might be up for it so as to point the finger at physiological circumstance.
The 200 metres is just as competitive. The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Sunday, July 1 in Eugene saw Wallace Spearmon, Maurice Mitchell and Isiah Young finished 1, 2 and 3. They'll be right on the hammer of both Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt.
One never knows with the 200 metre sprint, just look at Sydney 2000 Olympics when Greece's Konstantinos Kenteris won the 200 in sensational style. Those who saw it were of one mind, the others may well as not have turned up.