Unless he’s hindered by a freak injury in the middle of the race, Usain Bolt will win the gold medal in the 200-meter sprint.
Considering how downright good he is, an injury may not even slow down Bolt.
The 25-year-old Jamaican looks poised to conquer the track once again, after performing extraordinarily well recently in the 100-meter sprint.
While he went over his 2009 record-setting time by more than a second, Bolt’s semi-qualifying time of 20.39 seconds in the 200-meter was still a dominating performance in its own right.
Now, all Bolt has to do is qualify for the finals, and he’ll be smooth sailing to the tallest medal podium on Thursday.
Sure, Bolt will have some competition to deal with, especially fellow countryman Yohan Blake and Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre.
But let’s be honest, if Bolt keeps a clear head and doesn’t slow up (which he’s known for doing), he will add another gold to his name and continue to make history.
Earlier in the games, Bolt joined American legend Carl Lewis as the only men to win back-to-back 100-meter dashes at the Olympics.
Also, the Jamaican can stand alone as the only man to win gold back-to-back in the 200-meter if he takes care of business.
The only real question is: Will he break the record he set in Beijing four years ago?
If history tells all, then there’s a strong possibility he will.
In 2008, Bolt’s times got better by the round—and if that’s the case, then expect the confident sprinter to come close to record books—again.
But for anyone to say that he’s not the favorite is just simply ridiculous.
So let’s get ready to watch something special happen—something that may never be replicated in Olympic history.