Usain Bolt: Star Sprinter Will Give Jamaicans Much-Needed Boost in 4x100 Final

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVAugust 11, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  Gold medalist Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 200m on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Usain Bolt has already proclaimed himself a legend in sprinting, and he'll have his final chance to prove that at these Olympics on Saturday, as he'll be featured in the men's 4x100 final. 

Bolt sat out of the qualifying stages of the event as his Jamaican teammates easily qualified their country for the final with a time of 37.39. He's expected to run the anchor leg for his country and win his third gold medal of the 2012 London Games. 

After the superb performance from the USA in their qualifying stage, Jamaica desperately needs Bolt to post another strong time in order to gain glory. The Americans, without Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey, bested the Jamaicans qualifying score with the time of 37.38. 

Their time was an American Olympic record, despite featuring former University of Florida standout running back Jeff Demps running a leg of the race. They figure to be even faster when they enter Gay and Bailey into the race.

The Americans were right in the thick of things in their qualifier, that is until 100-meter bronze medalist Justin Gatlin took the baton for the anchor leg. His dominant stride helped the U.S. to easily pull away from the competition en route to an easy qualifying time.

USA's qualifying time Friday was the fourth-fastest in history. 

America is motivated to regain glory in the event that they've typically dominated, a glory that has disappeared as of late under the shadow of Bolt and his Jamaican teammates. They looked ready and able to right their wrongs in the qualifying stage, but it will be a whole new story in Saturday's final as they will face the world's fastest man.

Without Bolt, Jamaica would easily be knocked off the top of the podium by the speedy Americans. But with the sprinting icon lining up for the final leg, we're in for a treat in what is one of the final events of these Olympics.