Usain Bolt leads the way as the Jamaican team marches out for Rio Olympics 2016. Bolt is expected to win three more gold medal in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100 m races. We are curious to see what kind of shape he is in considering his hamstring injury during the Jamaican trials.
Yohan Blake seems to be back just in the nick of time for his second consecutive Olympics following a hamstring injury that threatened to end his career a couple years ago. We will have to wait and see if he is back to his old self as well.
Nickel Ashmeade seems to be in great form and will be going all out to win a medal in the 100 m this year. The competition will be tough, but it will be interesting to see if he is up to the challenge.
One thing is for sure, it is going to take another stellar performance by Bolt to repeat as Olympic champion in his pet events.
The ageless Justin Gatlin and the young american gun Trayvon Bromell are both looking to make a lot of noise in the big race as well. Gatlin has been knocking at the door for quite some time now, and Bromwell is on the rise. It is going to be a good one…and as usual, I cannot wait.
My confidence is in Bolt. When the stage is as big as this, he always find a way to rise to the occasion and win. We haven’t heard much about him since his injury, but I am sure he is working his butt off in the background because he knows what is at stake.
Like the man says, “the easiest part of the whole process is the race (after all it will be finished in less than 10 seconds), the hardest part is preparing for the race…and it is going to take a “real man” to beat the “big man.”
Many are wondering, including myself, whether or not Shelly-Ann Frasier-Pryce will be back to her old self in time for the big race.
In all her races up to this Olympics she has lost, but her time seems to be getting better with every race.
Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands believe this is her time…and the way she is running lately, it may very well be her time. But I would not count out Shelly-Ann. She like Bolt, knows how to rise to the big occasion in the big events…and this is as big as it gets.
Elaine Thompson showed during the Jamaican trials that she is about business. She ran a world leading 10.70 seconds to win the 100 m announcing to the world that she will be hard to beat at these games.
All I can say is…it is going to be good. I believe that Shelly is going to pull it off again. I may be wrong, but that just my hunch.
It is going to be another great olympics…stay tuned.