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All eyes on Bolt

posted 9 Aug 2012, 05:28 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 9 Aug 2012, 05:29 ]

Sports fans arrive at the Olympic Park to see Usain Bolt attempting to book his place in Olympic sprint history.

Crowds streamed in to the Olympic Park on Thursday (August 9) morning to see Usain Bolt, who goes into 200 metres final seeking to become the first man to win the 100 and 200 at two successive Olympics.
"I think they are going to be the best because Usain Bolt is always going to win," said young British fan Benjamin.

"And plus he is the fastest man on earth," added his brother Cameron.

"Usain Bolt is on fire, he can not fail to win, it is his for the losing, everyone else should be dust," their father Peter agreed.

The Jamaican and the training partner he playfully nicknames 'The Beast', compatriot Yohan Blake, comfortably won their 200 semi-finals on Wednesday (August 8) with both easing up towards the line.

"I think Yohan Blake might push him quite close but I think yeah, Bolt all the way," said British supporter Alistair.

"Looking at the way he cruised down the semi-final, I just think he has got it in him, completely," added Emma.

"I think he has a big chance to win the final because I saw the semi-finals yesterday, he was really relaxed, so I think he has a good chance to win," visiting fan Jan from Belgium told Reuters.

Elsewhere on the track on day 13 on Thursday, Kenyan David Rudisha is favourite in the 800 metres and world champion Christian Taylor and fellow American Will Claye contest the men's triple jump.

Women's world record holder Barbora Spotokova will also have her eye on another javelin gold while American world record holder Ashton Eaton is the man to beat in the decathlon.

The U.S. women's soccer team will have revenge on their minds when they take on Japan, the side they lost to in last year's World Cup final, in the final at Wembley.

The U.S. women's basketball team go for their 40th Olympic win in a row when they play Australia in the semi-finals while Brazil and the U.S. are hoping to set up a repeat of the Beijing women's volleyball gold-medal match by getting past Japan and South Korea respectively.

In the women's handball, holders Norway take on Beijing 2008 bronze medallists South Korea in the first semi-final followed by Spain against debutants Montenegro.