Mark your calendars for the evening of August 5—a highly contested showdown is about to take place.
What has been formerly pinned as a smooth sailing event for Mr. Usain Bolt is now panning out to be a photo finish.
Unless you are of Jamaican descent or a fanatic of the sport, you have probably never heard of Usain Bolt's teammate, Yohan Blake.
With the Olympics only 25 days away, it is about time you begun to recognize Mr. Blake.
This past weekend a shock wave rolled through the track and field world as Blake defeated Bolt in the 100m, recording his personal best time of 9.75 seconds.
For those who thought it was a fluke, Blake reinforced his presence for good measure in the 200m, recording a healthy time of 19.8 seconds.
The two victories combined to hand Bolt his first major competition loss in the event in five years. The former fastest man on the planet is now looking toward his teammate for some last-minute advice.
Now that we have witnessed the king of the track dethroned from his pedestal, it shouldn't come as a surprise if it happens again on the big stage next month.
An eight-man race looks to be shaping up like it will finish with a Jamaican podium. Bolt clocked in at 9.86 and fellow Jamaican teammate, Asafa Powell, drilled home a 9.88 finish.
However, all eyes remained locked on the weekend's centerfold, Yohan Blake.
At 22-years-old, the prospect has begun to separate himself from the shadow of the five-time champion and face of the sport, Usain Bolt.
Blake is surging at the right moment and will look to master his craft with a little over three weeks until the race.
On the other hand, Bolt will be heading back to the drawing board to make the appropriate adjustments necessary if he wants to reclaim his title.
As for now, after the weekend's headlining victories for Blake, there is a new official fastest man on the planet.
The stage has been set and the anticipation of the race is lurking ever more each day. The only thing left is the waiting game.
Blake is the real deal.
Make no mistake about it: Come August 5, Blake will secure the rightful ownership of the coveted gold medallion.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!