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Track and field, the most primal of Olympic competitions and the sport that will award the most medals, is underway, and its signature event, the men's 100m, will be held Sunday.
The 100m attracts the greatest field of runners and seems to require of its competitors a larger-than-life view of themselves. They are, after all, competing for the title of world's fastest. Some say Sunday's 4:455 p.m. ET race could be the greatest ever.
The favorite is Jamaican Usain Bolt, the defending Olympic champion and holder of the world record. At 6 foot 4, Bolt usually towers over his competitors and often rubs his dominance in their faces. At the Beijing games, he began his victory lap before even crossing the finish line, screaming and pumping his fists. He often dances for the television cameras and takes aim with an imaginary archer's bow.
His stiffest competition this year comes from his teammate and training partner, Yohan Blake, who is only slightly more reserved. He showed up at a press conference a few days ago wearing a t-shirt that said "Eat my dust." Blake shocked the world last month when he beat Bolt in the 100m – and 200m – at the Jaimaican Olympic trials.
The competition also includes Americans Justin Gatlin, who won the gold in 2004 and is competing in his first Games since coming back from a four-year suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, and Tyson Gay, who beat Bolt in 2010 but is coming off hip surgery and has never managed to medal at the Olympics. Another contender: Asafa Powell of Jamaica, who once held the world record for three years but has been notoriously disappointing in Olympic races.
The odds makers at Ladbrokes have Bolt as an 8/11 favorite, followed by Blake, Gay, Gatlin and Powell. Regardless of who wins, it'll be over before you can get from your couch to your fridge and back, so just sit back and watch.
Although they attract the most hype, the male sprinters are by no means the only athletes to watch. The track and field meet, features 2,000 athletes running, jumping and throwing in 47 total events.