July 26, 2012 12:00 AM
" One of the wonderful things about the Olympics is the way that it puts countries of vastly different resources on a common playing field.
There's no better illustration of that in the 2012 Summer Games than the track and field competition. That's where the mighty United States of America will try to reverse the results of four years ago and come out on top in their head-to-head matchup with the sprinters from the tiny island of Jamaica.
Usain Bolt was the breakout star of the Beijing Games, partly because he ran fast enough to preen before the finish line in world-record time while winning both the 100- and 200-meters and partly because he looks nothing like the other men who have run so very fast over the years. Bolt is tall and gangly -- more shooting guard than sprinting perfection -- and that body type only made it harder to comprehend the way he ran.
In the last four years Bolt has battled injury, and he was beaten by Yohan Blake in both the 100 and the 200 at the Jamaican Olympic trials "
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