Usain Bolt: Why Jamaican Superstar Is a Lock to Win at 2012 Olympics

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Usain Bolt: Why Jamaican Superstar Is a Lock to Win at 2012 Olympics
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Usain Bolt hasn't been nicknamed "Lightning Bolt" for nothing.

The 25-year-old Jamaican heads into the 2012 Summer Games in London with three Olympic gold medals and the world and Olympic records in the 100 meters, 200 meters and the 4X100 meters relay.

This year, Bolt has some competition as always, including teammate Yohan Blake, who beat him in the Jamaican Olympic trials.

But the Olympic trials aren't the Olympics, and there is still no other sprinter on the planet who can compare to Bolt when he's motivated.

And, after his loss to Blake, you can bet Bolt is motivated.

Bolt told the Telegraph on Tuesday:

This will be the moment, and this will be the year, when I set myself apart from other athletes in the world. A lot of legends, a lot of people have come before me, but this is my time.

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Bolt has also vowed to break his own world record by running the 100 meters in 9.4 seconds.

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Bolt ran the event in 9.76 seconds at the Olympic trials, but that was just a warmup. Keep in mind, Bolt had to pull out of the Diamond League meeting in Monaco last week because of a tired hamstring—that may actually be a good thing. His condition has allegedly improved since, with Don Quarrie, a manager with the team, saying his times leading up to the 2012 Olympics are similar to those of 2008.

To put it another way, Bolt is to Michael Phelps as Blake is to Ryan Lochte. Sure, Lochte beat out Phelps in the U.S. Olympic trials, but we all know who the 18-time gold medal winner is.

Usain Bolt faces stiff competition this year as he tries to repeat in the 100 meters and 200 meters, but he's still Usain Bolt and he's more motivated than ever.

 

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