Bolt enters all-time debate with win in 200 and more track thoughts
LONDON -- Four thoughts from Thursday's track and field finals, where the three most dominant men in the sport lit up Olympic Stadium ...
William Hill has already released its odds for Bolt at the 2016 Olympics (when he'll be 29): 5/4 to win one gold. 6/4 to win two golds. 3/1 to win no golds. 16/1 to win three golds. Is Bolt the greatest track and field athlete of all time? That's up for debate. He's lacking the longevity of Lewis, Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi and four-time discus champ Al Oerter. Who's to say Bolt's 2016 Olympics won't mirror Michael Phelps' 2012 Games. The rest of the world's best sprinters are catching up (slowly, but they are faster compared to Beijing), and Blake, 22, now has four years to make up .12 seconds on Bolt in the 100 and 200.
Of note, American Wallace Spearmon was fourth in 19.90. It's the third time in Olympic history the U.S. has failed to medal in the event (not counting the 1980 boycott).
Eaton is just 24. Bryan Clay was 28 when he won his Olympic decathlon title. Dan O'Brien was 30 when he captured gold in 1996. It's certainly possible Eaton will enter the 2016 Olympics as the favorite to win the decathlon again. If he did, he'd become the third man to do so, joining American Bob Mathias (1948, 1952) and Brit Daley Thompson (1980, 1984).
Back to Rudisha. He came into the Olympics as track and field's biggest lock for gold, and he unbelievably outperformed expectations. There was almost no doubt after he went out in 23.4 seconds for 200 meters, and he widened the gap going through 400 (49.28) and 600 (1:14.30) before finishing in 26.61 for the last 200. Olympic Stadium was prepared for history. As he crossed the finish line, The Chemical Brothers'