OK, so no one's going to forget the guy with the world records in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes and that unforgettable pair of gold medals from Beijing. But for all his otherwordly achievements, Usain Bolt may not go to London as the favorite in either of the sprints.
That honor should arguably fall to countryman Yohan Blake, who followed up his surprise Jamaican Olympic Trials victory over Bolt in the 100 Friday with another head-to-head win in the 200 Sunday. Watch:
Now, as the commentator in the above video tells us: it's London that counts. This was merely a warm-up. But part of Bolt's domination of the sprints over the past four years has been the belief -- both on his part and those of his competitors -- that he can't be beaten. Whatever else you want to say about the significance of Blake's victories in Kingston (and keep in mind that both his winning marks were the fastest time run at that distance this year), you have to acknowledge that the air of invincibility surrounding Bolt is gone.
Once might be a fluke. Twice? Not so much. Bolt may yet defend his titles in London, and he may even do it in the same grand style he showed off in Beijing. But Blake has let every last molecule of air of out the "no one can touch him" balloon, and what that ultimately means for Bolt, and Blake, and even their American challengers is now anyone's guess.
HT: Fourth-Place Medal.