Usain Bolt will not be beaten in Rio this summer, not even by Justin Gatlin.
That’s the view of NBC track and field analyst and former Olympic silver medallist Ato Boldon.
This represents a turnaround for Boldon, who believed that the American would have got the better in Beijing at the World Championships in 2015.
But after Bolt completed yet another sprint double, his third at World Championships, Boldon believes everybody else is running for the lesser medals.
“His road to gold in Rio in both events is easier than it was in London,” Boldon said in an interview at NBC Sports’ headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.
Bolt was not even the fastest Jamaican entering the 2012 Olympics. He finished second to Yohan Blake in both the 100m and 200m at Trials.
But in 2014, Blake underwent surgery on an injured hamstring. Since then, the second-fastest man of all time in both the 100m and 200m has not come close to matching his pre-injury times.
“That Yohan Blake [of 2012] is not the Yohan Blake that we’ve seen this year,” Boldon said.
American sprinter Justin Gatlin is the only man with a victory over Bolt since the 2012 Olympics but at the 2015 World Championships, he finished second to Bolt in both the 100m at 200m.
“Bolt’s race model is going to always cause problems for Gatlin,” Boldon said.
“He can’t get far enough away from Bolt to withstand his last 50m.”