Yohan Blake put the world on notice after he beat Usain Bolt in the 200-meter dash earlier this summer in Kingston. So far in London, not only has Blake established himself as one of the most prolific runners in these Olympics, but his rise has created an intense debate on whether the 22-year-old phenom will be able to take down the reigning Olympic gold medalist on the world's biggest stage.
It looks like Blake has a fighters chance to achieve track and field immortality.
Let's take a look at why Blake could be the man to upset Bolt in the 200, an event that both athletes consider to be their strongest race:
Blake Has Beaten Bolt Before
For many athletes, the single most difficult obstacle to overcome while attempting to topple a living legend is the mental aspect. It's hard to honestly believe you have the ability to beat someone that has never been beaten.
However, Blake no longer has to deal with that. He beat Bolt in the 200 at the Jamaican Olympic Trials earlier in the summer, and he did it with a completely healthy Bolt that ran a technically sound race.
Bolt didn't get a bad start, nor did he run with poor technique. Down the stretch, Blake was just faster then him. It was a shocking, yet simple and clear-cut victory.
If Blake can run the same race in London as he did in Kingston, we may see a new gold medalist in 2012.
Blake Trains Harder Than Bolt
Ever since his mind-numbingly prolific performance at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, Bolt has become more of a media personality than an athlete.
He has become an international icon not only in track and field, but in the world of sports in general. Furthermore, Bolt's pre-race McDonald's habit probably won't help him claim the top spot on the podium.
On the other hand, Blake has been doing nothing but perfecting his craft over the past several years. His nickname "The Beast" comes from his intensely strict workout regimens that have helped him become one of the best sprinters in recent history.
In a race that will likely be decided by a ridiculously small margin, Blake's work ethic could prove to be the difference.
Blake is Used To Overcoming Long Odds
To say Blake grew up in an underprivileged household would be an understatement. In fact, he spent much of his childhood scouring the streets of Jamaica, looking for empty beer bottles in order to scrape up enough money to buy water for his household, which was a notably absent resource for much of his early life.
Blake had this to say regarding his childhood, via The Telegraph:
l wanted a better life to help my family. I wasn’t born with a golden spoon in my mouth; it was a really tough life. So many times, we had no money to even get to school. I’d have to find empty beer bottles to sell and spent hours carrying water on my head because we had no water at home. It gave me strength which helps me today.
It just seems like destiny that Blake wins a gold medal in the 200. With all the work he has put in and all he has overcome to get where he is today, look for him to upset Bolt and take a gold medal back home to Jamaica.