Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell showdown at Jamaica Olympic trials
Usain Bolt receives baton from Yohan Blake at Daegu Stadium on September 4, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. PHOTO/Mark Dadswell/Getty Images AsiaPac
Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell’s showdown in the 100 meters tops the lineup at the Jamaican Olympic Athletic Trials, which open on Thursday at National Stadium in Kingston.
Bolt, the reigning world record-holder with a run of 9.58 seconds at Berlin in 2009, won Olympic gold in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay in 2008 at Beijing.
But at last year’s world championships in South Korea, Bolt false started in the 100 final and compatriot Yohan Blake took the world crown in the absence of his training partner Bolt.
That set the stage for what Jamaican track and field fans have been calling the most important national team trials ever staged.