Olympics 2012: Will the World Record Fall in the 100m Final?

Zak SchmollAnalyst IAugust 5, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica  and James Dasaolu of Great Britain compete in the Men's 100m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Tonight we will know whether or not Usain Bolt is still the absolute fastest man in the world.

Unless something incredibly weird happens in the semifinals, Bolt should easily be in the finals, leaving everything on the track to go for gold later today.

However, he might be facing his best competition yet, and most of that comes from his teammate Yohan Blake. Blake defeated Bolt at the Jamaican Olympic trials in this race and everyone is curious as to whether he will be able to pull off that magic one more time.

Blake does have the fastest time in the world this year with a 9.75, according to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports, but we all know that  Bolt still holds the fastest time ever at 9.58.

Again, barring any strange occurrences, the rest of this field should be highly talented as well with Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Ryan Bailey and Asafa Powell looking strong this season. Of course, Blake and Bolt are most definitely the favorites in this race, but all of these men are so talented that all it takes is one little mistake to lose the race, even if you are the best in the world.

With all of this talent on the track, you might be wondering if we will see a world record tonight. According to Anna Kessel of the Guardian, this Olympic track is one of the fastest in recent memory. Although I do not know a lot about track technology, if you have one of the fastest fields in history running on one of the fastest tracks in existence then that 100-meter final is going to be an impressive race.