Track and Field

London 2012 Track and Field: Three-Peat in 100m, 200m Inevitable for Usain Bolt

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates with the crowd after winning the Mens 200 metres on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Josh SchochAnalyst IIIAugust 10, 2012

Usain Bolt proved once again in London that he's the fastest man to ever live—this time setting records by repeating as champion in the 100 and 200-meter dashes.

Bolt became the first man in history to repeat in the 200, and he also repeated in the 100. While he won't repeat in the 4x100, he will still find a way to three-peat in Rio in 2016.

The track portion of the 2012 Olympics was once again owned by Bolt, but he isn't done leaving his mark on history. At just 25 years of age he is still young enough to be an elite sprinter for the 2016 Games in Rio, and will win the 100 and 200 for the third straight time.

While 29 might seem old for a sprint, some of the top runners in the world are in their 30s. Tyson Gay and Justlin Gatlin of the U.S. are both 30 years old and have run two of the four fastest times in the world this year, along with Bolt and Yohan Blake.

In addition to Gay and Gatlin, Jamaica's own Asafa Powell is 29, and is still one of the top sprinters in the world.

There are actually few elite sprinters who are much younger than Bolt. The few that are elite and younger are usually 24, like Keston Bledman, or 23, like Ryan Bailey. While there will undoubtedly be a new crop of runners for the 2016 Games, I don't see any topping the current world record holder.

Bolt's main competition for a three-peat will come from his own country.

Enter Yohan Blake. "The Beast" works side-by-side with Bolt and has a desire to become the best in the world. He is only 22 years old which is pretty young, and he will be the one whom Bolt must beat in Rio.

These two Jamaicans will dominate the 2016 Olympics, but I can't picture Bolt losing when the bright lights of the Olympic stage are on him.

Bolt seemingly always does his best when under pressure. He didn't feel much during Olympic trials this year and subsequently lost to Blake twice. However, when it mattered most he pulled away and won by a substantial margin in both races.

While he might need to train a bit harder or lay off the chicken nuggets, Bolt can win a third straight gold in both the 100-meter and 200-meter in Rio, and I see him continuing to build his legacy in 2016.

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