Men's 4x100m: André says Ja, KC picks USA
André: It's Jamaica vs the USA in the men's 4x100m relay final. This is gonna be fun - two strong teams going at each other for bragging rights in an exciting and dramatic event.
KC: After losing to the United States at the World Relays in the Bahamas, I do not think the Jamaicans will be taking their opponents lightly this time around.
André: Well, I'm not sure they took the Americans lightly in The Bahamas, but none of the Jamaicans were in good physical shape at the World Relays. That has changed. Usain Bolt is back to his best, Asafa Powell has been running well and there have been solid performances by the Jamaicans all around since then.
KC: Yes, things will be much different this time around as with Bolt in such magnificent form, he only needs to get the baton on the anchor leg in a good position. I think anyone on his leg will be scared to death.
André: As they should be. The Jamaicans will start with the reliable Carter as usual with the interesting tweak being Asafa Powell on the back straight. Powell has never had to handle the baton twice - receive and hand off. So, it will be interesting to see how he manages, but his speed on the back straight against Gatlin is key for the Jamaicans and will prevent the Americans from building a big lead if at all for the anchor man.
KC: On paper, the Americans are the favourites here as Trayvon Bromell, Mike Rodgers and Tyson Gay are well rested. With Bromell on the lead off leg, Carter cannot allow him to get away too far from him as this could be danger for us. Also, as you know, Powell will be up against Gatlin on the second leg.
André: It seems we will be running Nickel Ashmeade on the third leg against Gay. Ashmeade isn't in good form, but he's a better curve runner than Gay right now, I believe. The Jamaicans only need to get the stick around to restore order and continue their dominance at World Champs and Olympics.
KC: It is Rodgers who will be anchoring for the United States as Bromell is expected to give them a good start. The key will be the third leg. Ashmeade cannot allow Gay to get away from him here and give the anchor man a big lead.
André: I expect that all the legs will be close, Asafa's execution is key but once whoever is on anchor is within a few steps of Bolt, it's game over for the US.
KC: I am a bit concerned with Asafa on the second leg as this is new territory for him as he is used to just getting the baton and not passing it. I have been in tremendous form in my selections over the past five days and I hope this will continue and I am giving the USA the slight edge here to win gold as Bolt will have too much to make up on the anchor leg.