Usain Bolt vs Justin Gatlin - Could This Be a Golden Age of Athletics.... If We Forget the Doping Bans?
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.
It's not the place of a sports company to inflict a ban on an athlete. That's down to the governing body of the sport. If the IAAF have cleared Gatlin to compete then he should have the same opportunities as anyone else who is on that start line.
Those watching Saturday's 100m preliminary round might have mistaken Timi Garstang for a games steward given the sedentary pace at which he ran. During the race, the Marshall Islands sprinter clocked an underwhelming time of 12.81 seconds.