Usain Bolt: Why Track Star Is Still Top Runner in Olympics

Samuel BensonContributor IIIJuly 24, 2012

Usain Bolt: Why Track Star Is Still Top Runner in Olympics

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    Although Usain Bolt is no longer the favorite in the sprint competitions in this year's Olympics, he still has a legitimate shot of winning. In fact, he is still the best runner in the Games.

    What? How is that possible if he is not the favorite? He may have medals and records, but he recently lost consecutively to fellow Olympian Yohan Blake.

    Well, read on to find out.

World Records and Medals

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    No matter what people may say, Usain Bolt is the reigning world champion. He holds the world records in the 100-meter and 200-meter races, and is the fastest man in the world.

    It is hard to compete with someone of that profile, and it will be tough for Bolt's fellow sprinters in this year's Olympics.

Competition

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    The most likely threat to Usain Bolt's throne is Yohan Blake, a fellow Jamaican sprinter. Although Bolt has lost to Blake the last two times the pair have squared off, he will want to beat him more than anything this time around.

    Sure, it wouldn't be surprising if Usain Bolt lost, but he has shown in the past that he can win as the underdog. Don't count Bolt out; being the underdog could make him an even bigger threat.

Speed

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    It is really, really hard to say that the world's fastest man isn't the top runner in this year's Olympics. If he can crank up his speed to nearly 28 miles per hour like he did in 2009, Bolt shouldn't have much of a problem winning gold.

    The world record-holder in the 100- and 200- meter races, Usain Bolt is the top runner in this year's Olympics. Although he will face stiff competition, Bolt is my favorite to win both events.