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Men's 100m showdown gets closer

GREAT EXPECTATIONS: Jamaica's Usain Bolt will defend his crown tonight. Photo credit:PA

WITH APPETITES now on fire by Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce’s fantastic performance in retaining her Olympic 100m title and gaining gold for Jamaica yesterday (August 4), the attention will turn to the 100m men’s final tonight (August 5).

It has all the hallmarks of a showdown, with the reigning Olympic champion Usain Bolt gearing up to defend his title while hungry competitors such as fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake and Americans Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin are hot on his heels.

The buzz being great has been phenomenal, with speculation over who will win happening not only in homes and in newspaper columns but also in barbershops, beauty salons and Caribbean restaurants – and yes, local market places.

With anticipation building, The Voice went to the streets to find out what people think.

Troyann Squires, support worker


I know who is going to win. Bolt. He’s the fastest and we have hope in him that he’s going to win. I am from the Caribbean (Guyana) and so I am going to be supporting the Caribbean. I will be at home watching on television, just me and my baby, and I am going to be shouting and encouraging him from there.

Bedford Simon, a retired maintenance employee


I’m looking forward to it. I have no special champion there but I plan to have a look at it…I’m not bringing friends over but if they come over, they are welcome.

Donna Warner, chef

BOLT FAN: Donna Warner

I am feeling very good and positive. Usain Bolt will win. I am feeling good to see he is on top and it is his race anyway. I cheer for all of them (the other athletes). All of them is strong but Usain is the stronger. Asafa was my favourite but Usain came on the scene and you know I go with him, I pray for him, I pray for the athletic team. I am cheering England as well but Jamaica number one.

Precious Woodbine, food supervisor


The Jamaicans will do good…That is my belief, that they will all win their races, especially Bolt to the world!...I may be at church (during the race but) I pray that God will give them the strength to go to the final and win. I believe in them and I know God is with them.
Maurice Barrett

WISHING THE BEST: Maurice Barrett

I am supporting my parent’s country for the Olympics. I just hope Jamaica does well to build up a country that has been struggling for years. I just hope this will put us further on the map and keep us up there. I support them both and I just wish them all the best- The Jamaicans and the British. (Regarding favourites) the British is Jessica Ennis.The Jamaicans are Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell.

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