Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica signs autographs at Kungstradgarden Square in Stockholm (Photo : Reuters)
The moment fans of track and field have been awaiting for is set to take place tomorrow, Aug. 4, as the preliminaries for the 100-meter begins.
Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake are considered as favorites to win, but American Tyson Gay is determined to outshine the Jamaican duo.
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Bolt made the record books at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics as he set the fastest time in the 100-meter race with 9.69 seconds. The record would be broken with 9.58 seconds, by Bolt, again.
The world record holder has potential to break the record a third time if the weather cooperates.
According to Phys.org, scientists concluded that a tailwind of two meters per second could provide Bolt an advantage of 0.07 to 0.09 seconds during the 100-meter race.
Wind aside, Bolt faces stiff competition from Blake and Gay. Nicknamed "The Beast," Blake is the current 100-meter world champion, and Gay is coming back after undergoing hip surgery.
The Olympic track and field races will feature a new rule, adopting from the International Association of Athletic Federations. The rule state any runner will be ejected, without warning, if a false start occurs.
The rule might be a problem for Bolt as he was disqualified for a false start at last year's World Championships in South Korea.
"I've learned not to worry about the start anymore," Bolt said. "I've sat down and talked with my coach and we have come up with the conclusion that, back in the day, I was never a good starter."
The track and field races are reported to be a huge draw at the 2012 London Olympics as 80,000 tickets were up for grabs.