IAAF World Championships: Men's 100m Preview

We take a look at which athletes will compete for the Men's 100m sprint final at the IAAF World Championships, London 2017.

London will play host to the IAAF World Championships, commencing on 4 - 13 August. The most adept, best conditioned,  and mentally fit athletes will assemble in London for a spectacle similar to that of the ancient Romans.
The most highly anticipated event is the 100m final, although only lasting fewer than 10 seconds, is the most watched race in the Championship, turning mortals into demigods, as athletes push their bodies to inconceivable limits.

100m final to run in the evening session: 19:50 - 23: 00 Athletics IAAF World Championships Day 2 - Evening Session.

We look at some of the contenders for this year's 100m final race:

Usain Bolt 4/10
London will play host's to Bolt's send off as he goes into retirement after a brilliant, all-conquering career. The Jamaican is well known for his cool, calm, collected, and easy going personality, dazzling the arena with his dance moves and jovial character.

The current reigning champion and world record holder of the 100m, 200m, and 4 x 100m races. Bolt has also played an integral role in helping Jamaica win the 4 x 100m relay. The only man who has won a triple double - Olympic 100m - 200m winner at three consecutive Olympic game events.

Currently the best sprinter of all time, holding world records of 9.58 seconds in the 100m, and 19.19 in the 200m events. Bolt will aim to hang up his spikes on a high as a reigning champ.

Yohan Blake 6/1
The 27-year-old Jamaican will compete in his third Olympic event, the second fastest man in the world behind his team mate Usain Bolt, his personal best times of 9.69 seconds, and 19.26 seconds for the 100m and 200m races respectively.

Blake was the youngest athlete to break the formidable 10-second barrier, the Jamaican won silver in Rio at the recent 100m event, and he'll be looking to continue his form and give Bolt a run for his money.

Justin Gatlin 11/2
Former World Champion back in 2004, Gatlin's career was marred with a doping ban after he positively tested for a banned substance. Gatlin bounced back after his four year ban, and picked himself up returning back into the arena. The American claimed silver at the recent Rio Olympics with a time of 9.89 seconds. Gatlin has never beaten

Akane Simbine 50/1
Akane Simbine, the fastest man in South Africa will take part in his second World Championship. Simbine spent some time in Kingston, Jamaica with current world record holder Usain Bolt, where Bolt shared some knowledge and tactics on improving Simbine's running potential. The young South African won the first 2017 IAAF World Champs meet in Doha with a time of 9.99 seconds.

In his first Olympics Simbine finished in fifth place with a time of 9.94 seconds. With the exclusion of Andre De Grass, Simbine might just have to beat Justin Gatlin in order to win the bronze medal.

Full Contender List

Usain Bolt
Yohan Blake
Justin Gatlin
Christian Coleman
Akane Simbine
Christopher Belcher
Chijindu Ujah
Jimmy Vicaut
Ben Youssef Meite

Written by Lungelo Mdladla for @Hollywoodbets.net

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