Bolt will need to be nothing short of his best to win, a prospect he has never been faced with before. We could very well see some world records broken in Beijing, as well as returning to the classic era when a victory was taken by a hundredth of a second, not a metre. But who will be the one crossing that lines first. For once, that is very much open to debate.
This week an Usain Bolt film has been announced, made by the men behind Class Of '92, Ben and Gabe Turner at Fulwell 73. The film will follow Usain as he heads towards the Rio Olympics next year and his retirement season in 2017. The story line above could well be what we see played out in this movie.
Athletics is now seeking salvation from the stains that have been ingrained into the sport by cowardly drug-cheats. Dwain Chambers is the one everyone talks about - he is, to an extent, the victim of a witch-hunt - it does seem that Chambers is the man always singled out in any discussion of doping in athletics.