Olympics: Good Vs. Evil. Bolt Vs. Gatlin

Can Bolt save the Olympics?

 

This summer sees an epic battle in which good versus evil competes on the World’s biggest stage. This year’s summer Olympics in Rio will see six-times gold medallist, Usain Bolt, go head to head with Justin Gatlin in the 100 metres finals. So why is this matchup so important? Well, athletics is constantly being bombarded with drug cheat scandals –  you only have to look at most recent articles in which many Russian athletes have been caught using performance enhancing drugs to see that the Zika Virus is not the only worrying factor for the games.

 

What the Bolt Vs. Gatlin race represents is someone who has lit up the Olympic stage with his light hearted and clean cut attitude versus someone who has tested positive on a couple of occasions for banned substances. Gatlin has professed his innocence throughout however amongst many track fans and media outlets, he is seen as a lying drugs cheat. So with this in mind the 100metres race this August is sure to be an exciting one!

 

It is more than likely going to be both Bolt’s and Gatlin’s last Olympic games, so they are each wanting to end on a high and what better place than the Olympic games. Going into these games Gatlin is in supreme form having run a personal best of 9.74 seconds in the 100 metres and is the fastest man this year. In comparison, Bolt has been struggling with a tight hamstring which forced him to pull out of the Jamaica Olympic trials. Since then Bolt has been in Germany to see a specialist and ran the 200m race at the anniversary games in London on 22nd July. Bolt clocked an impressive 19.89 seconds but has professed he still has a lot of work to do before the Olympics.

 

So the stage is set Bolt is seen as good and a possible saviour to the tarnished track and field arena. Gatlin on the other hand is seen as the evil competitor trying to overthrow Bolt’s clean legacy and put his name on the winners list come Sunday 13th August. Who will be champion? It is too close to call but at Voucher Angels we like to side with good over evil and we hope Bolt puts in an angelic performance to grab the gold medal.

 

There are also many British hopefuls vying to bring home the gold this summer. Some athletes to look out for are:  

  • Jessica Ennis-Hill (Heptathlon)
  • Mo Farah (5,000m and 10,000m)
  • Greg Rutherford (Long Jump)
  • Andy Murray (Tennis)
  • Alistair Brownlee (Triathlon)
  • Helen Glover (Rowing)
  • Daley Thompson (Diving)

 

Thanks for reading little cherubs!

Lots of love from the Voucher Angels team.

 

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/36700886

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/36873558

http://www.val.be/UserFiles/File/Michel/Kampioenschappen%202016/2016_Rio_TimeTabel.pdf

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/34813797

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