America’s Best Hopes For 100m Gold In London
Don’t look now, but the 2012 Olympic games in London are just a year away.
In the sport of track and field, the 100-meter dash is the most highly-watched event. Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt holds the Olympic crown–and the world record at 9.58 seconds–but that doesn’t mean he is a lock to win it again in 2012.
Here are the five Americans who have the best shot at taking that gold away from him:
1. Tyson Gay – Gay is the U.S. record holder and is currently No. 1 in the world in the event. He is also the second-fastest all time with a 9.69 personal best. Gay recently beat Bolt, so there shouldn’t be any mental obstacles. All eyes will be on the Gay-Bolt rivalry come next summer.
2. Walter Dix – The former Florida State Seminole is having a fine track season. He ran a 9.88 last August and could round into shape just in time for London.
3. Jeff Demps — Currently a member of the Florida Gators football team, Demps is also the defending NCAA 100m champ and the world junior record holder in the 100m. He has yet to run an under-10-second wind-legal time, but he’s run 9.96 while also playing football. Imagine what will happen when–or IF–he concentrates full time on track!
4. Ryan Bailey – Bailey’s 9.88 100m puts him within striking distance of Bolt. But he needs to prove he’s ready for prime time.
5. Ivory Williams – Williams has improved tremendously to 9.95 and if he keeps it up, he could be a darkhorse challenger to Bolt’s title.
by Chris Huston