Don't believe the hype… Usain is fit and ready to extend his 100m reign
21:30 GMT, 3 August 2012
Prepare to be astonished! Usain Bolt is in town, fit and ready to go and determined to achieve his sole aim for these Games of becoming a legend.
'I am here to win, same as Beijing,' said the fastest man on the planet and I cannot see any other result.
Nobody in the history of sprinting has been where Usain Bolt has. None of his rivals know what it is to run 100 metres faster than 9.6sec. None can contemplate covering the length of a straight in 41 strides. For them it is physically impossible. So why would anybody else win the 100m on Sunday evening
Picture perfect: Bolt's image is projected on to The House of Commons in honour of the sprint star
Yes, he has been beaten by his training partner Yohan Blake in the Jamaican Olympic trials but that was the Jamaican Olympic trials. Bolt only had to finish in the first three to qualify for the team. It is the Olympics that motivate him.
Yes, he has admitted to slight injuries during this summer but they were not so significant that he was prevented from running 9.76sec and only three men have run faster. Ever.
And in spite of those injuries he has run three of the five fastest 100s this year. And, yes, we all know that Blake and Asafa Powell, his compatriots, and Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin, the Americans, are faster starters.
Wave your flag: Bolt (right) is favourite to win the 100m despite his injury problems
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But almost everybody in the field is a faster starter. They were faster starters in 2008 and 2009, and Bolt destroyed them.
Bolt will never be great out of the blocks. His legs are too long. There is not the short, explosive power that there is in the shorter legs of others. But coach Glen Mills has come up with an answer to that.
'You weren't a good starter in Beijing, and you broke the world record. You weren't any better in Berlin and you broke it again. You will never be a great starter but you can still break world records,' is Mills's pragmatic philosophy.
False start: The Jamaican superstar was disqualified at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu
So Blake, and Gay and Gatlin cannot win the 100m. Bolt has to lose it. He could do that at the start – he did in the World Championships in Daegu when he was disqualified. He can do it here if he comes out sluggishly and gives Blake or Gay or Gatlin too much of a lead.
Blake has his supporters but his best is only 9.75sec. Bolt has only to run as fast as he has to win. Can Bolt run as quick again Certainly, and probably faster.
He is stronger now than three years ago and refined by the intervening time under the tutelage of Mills.
The competitiveness of Blake at training has also persuaded him to go easy on the Guinness and chicken nuggets, to shut down the video games before midnight and leave chatting up the ladies in the Athletes' Village until the 100 is done.
He is that much closer to being the complete sprinter. He can run inside 9.5 tomorrow. He will emerge a legend, not a loser.