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Ja poised to lift men's 100m medal tally to 10

Published:Sunday | August 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence
Asafa Powell ... could be among the top three in Beijing 2015.
In this August 16, 2009, file photo, Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates setting a new men's 100m world record at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin.
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The men's 100 metres is a flagship event for Jamaica these days at the World Championships, but it took an age to move the country's medal tally in the event from one to two. Thankfully, those days of waiting are long gone. Not only is Jamaica almost certain of medals in the 100 metres, but when the 15th IAAF World Championships begins in Beijing, Usain Bolt has a chance to match Americans Carl Lewis and Maurice Greene with three gold medals each in the event.

Lewis won the last of his three gold medals with a world record of 9.86 seconds in the 1991 Worlds. Sprinting has accelerated since then. When Bolt won his first gold in 2009, he did it with a stupendous world record of his own, 9.58 seconds. That was the first of three gold medals for Jamaica in the 100m, with Yohan Blake winning in 2011 and Bolt regaining the title in 2013.

Lewis, Greene and Bolt are the only men to win the title more than once, with Greene successful in 1997, 1999 and 2001.

Jamaica waited from 1987, when Raymond Stewart got a silver medal, until 2005 for relief. That's when Michael Frater won a silver of his own. Since then, Asafa Powell, in 2007 and 2009, and Nesta Carter, in 2011, have garnered bronze medals.

Overall, Jamaica has three gold, two silver and three bronze medals in the men's 100 metres at the IAAF World Championships. With the tall man healthy again and Powell over his long-standing groin worries, that tally could rise to 10 in Beijing.

- Hubert Lawrence was in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics.