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Diamond Debate: It's Bolt or bust!

Published:Friday | July 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Usain Bolt is back on track, but is he really? We will get a good idea when he lines up in the men's 100m at the London Diamond League.

André: What time are our boys expecting him to run today and can anyone upset the 'Big man'?

KC: First off the bat, I don't think anyone in this 100m field can beat Bolt.

André: Well there are some decent athletes here, so don't be so dismissive. Jimmy Vicaut has gone 9.86, and Mike Rodgers posted a 9.88 recently as well, plus we know Ryan Bailey not only talks a lot, but he can also provide a decent test on his day.

KC: Listen, despite only running one 100m race so far, and in a slow 10.12 at that - well by his standards - none of these athletes will stop Bolt. His presence alone will intimidate them.

André: Some like Rodgers, who has been talking up his chances here to his friends according to what I am hearing, will probably be motivated. But to be clear, I am not suggesting he or anyone else here will stop Bolt today. I'm just saying you can show the field a little more respect. Bolt has been a monster in training, I understand, and even though it's just training and the conditions are expected to be wet and windy, he may make a strong statement here today.

KC: The last time he competed in New York I heard the same story about him looking great in training, so I am not putting my hopes up for a fast time.

André: New York was certainly a disappointment but we should not ignore that he had a pelvic issue that has since been corrected. My only concern is the weather forecast.

KC: I understand what you are saying, but not competing at a high level often enough this season will have a negative effect, and I think Bolt is a bit rusty and needs more races before he really goes fast. It doesn't matter who you are. It's not good to not be competing at a high level regularly.

André: I would have preferred to see him with at least a couple more races in his legs at this stage, but I won't ignore the improvements that have been made in training. Some of the times he's said to be clocking are staggering. It's good also that he has two races today ... . I say Bolt wins in 9.89, and though off the 9.74 world lead, in the expected conditions, it will tell us all we need to know about his shape.

KC: I see Bolt winning in around 9.98 seconds. If he does not improve on his start he could be shocked by that same Mike Rodgers, who has been racing a lot and is in good form.