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Men's 100-meter Preliminaries: August 4, 5 a.m. ET
Men's 100-meter Round 1: August 4, 7:30 a.m. ET
Men's 100-meter Semifinals: August 5, 2:45 p.m. ET
Men's 100-meter Final: August 5, 4:50 p.m. ET
In the competition to ultimately determine who is the fastest man in all of sports, Usain Bolt will be out to do more than just defend his Olympic gold. He will also be looking to regain his world title, which was taken from him last year by fellow Jamaican, teen sensation Yohan Blake.
Blake has emerged as real threat to Bolt's quest to repeat in one of the fastest and most exciting 10 seconds—or, in Bolt's case, the fastest 9.58 seconds in all of sports. Blake's best time is not really all that close to Bolt's record-breaking performance, but it is fair to note that Bolt himself has not run close to 9.58 since the 2009 World Championships.
Coming into London, however, Bolt is poised to defend his title. This would make him the first man to do so since Carl Lewis did it in 1984 and 1988.
In addition to defending his title, Bolt is out to prove something even more phenomenal, something that has crossed several people's minds ever since, in Beijing, he showboated the final 20 meters of the race, arms out and chest pumped to the crowd.
How fast could he have run?
The figure of 9.4 seconds, something that has been tossed around after extensive scientific and mathematical research has proven it to be possible, is something that Bolt has been asked about. If he were to run the 100 meters in 9.4 seconds, then it would possibly be the best and most earth-shattering performance in all of athletics history.
When the race begins, Bolt, unlike some athletes, will likely have this record-breaking number on the mind. Not only does he want the gold to prove that neither Blake nor Tyson Gay nor Justin Gatlin nor Asafa Powell nor anyone else in the world can beat him, but he will also be out to record a time that is not likely to be touched anytime in the next century.
1. Usain Bolt: 9.7 seconds
2. Yohan Blake: 9.75 seconds
3. Tyson Gay: 9.85 seconds