Wednesday, June 11, 2008

USA vs. Jamaica


Just recently, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, broke the 100 meter dash world record with a 9.72. Before that, teammate Asafa Powell held the record with a 9.74. This has sparked another great debate for the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. The question is, Who will win the 4x100 meter relay at the Olympics. I'm pushin for Team USA to bring it home, but with the Jamaicans curently holding the two top 10o meter sprinters, many think the chances of the happening are quickly fading away. Many people justify their argument based on the fact that Jamaica has Bolt and Powell. They are only two guys on a four man relay team. I feel the US is stronger due to the good old saying that its all about quality not quantity. The jamaican 4x100m team will have two runners capable of running 9.7 something, but what are the other two runners going to run? As for the US, we have a number of guys able to break 10 seconds in the hundred. The USA is going to be tested this year in Beijing but I know they'll be ready.


OK, let me start off by saying that I am not, by no means, cheering for the Jamaicans. But I find it hard to believe that the U.S. will win the 4x1 in the Olympics. Yeah, its all about quality over quantity but if you put it that way, the Jamaicans have all of the quality while the U.S. have all of the quantity. Other than Tyson Gay, how many Americans can consistently run sub 10s. Only one other American has broken 10 this season and HE WAS IN COLLEGE!! The U.S. has a lot of 10.1 and 10.0 runners but so do the Jamaicans. Like I said before the Jamaicans are the quality team because you have the man who broke the record this year in Usain Bolt and the man who broke the record the record TWICE last year in Asafa Powell. All the other two Jamaicans have to do is make sure the don't drop the baton and run. With the two Jamaican powerhouses, who is going to help Tyson Gay match up with Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt. Lets not forget that Asafa Powell almost ran down Leroy Dixon to bring the Jamaicans back to win the World Championships last year. With the way Usain Bolt is running and with Asafa Powell, the Jamaican might be ahead on the last leg this year. I know that a lot goes into the relay like chemistry and perfect baton exchanges but if everything goes perfect for the Jamaicans, I find it difficult to bet against them. U.S.A..... ALL THEY WAY!!!

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