As Jamaica prepares to celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain, the most famous athlete in the world will take centre stage this evening in the 100 metre final in London 2012.
World record holder Usain Bolt, who claimed a golden treble with three astonishing world records at the last Olympics in Beijing, will battle it out with his training partner Yohan Blake 100 metre final this evening at the 2012 Summer Games in London.
Despite being the world record and Olympic record holder in the 100 metres, the 200 metres and (along with his teammates) the 4×100 metres relay, in recent weeks, Bolt’s aura of invincibility has come into question.
But Jamaica is still producing the world’s fastest runners, having now won six of the last seven gold medals awarded in the men’s and women’s Olympic sprinting events, including relays.
Yesterday Jamaican runner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won gold for Jamaica in the women’s 100, finishing in 10.75 seconds.
The victory meant Fraser Pryce became the first woman to repeat in the 100 since Gail Devers from the United States 1996.
On winning her medal, Fraser Pryce commented: “I want to tell Jamaica: Happy 50th anniversary,” Fraser-Pryce said.