PJ backs Bolt, Fraser-Pryce for Olympic 100m titles
“IT’S going to be one hell of a race.” That is the assertion of former Prime Minister PJ Patterson as he backed the reigning Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt to again take the title in the blue riband event this weekend at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Patterson salivated over the proposed Olympic men’s final clash between Bolt and the 100m world champion and his training partner, Yohan Blake on Sunday, August 5.
“I expect Bolt to be on his ‘A’ game. If he is, he will take first. If he is not, then he will be following behind Blake, but I’m backing the champion,” Patterson stated at yesterday’s Observer Monday Exchange of reporters and editors at the company’s Beechwood Avenue headquarters.
When quizzed about the chances of former world record holder Asafa Powell, who was third behind Blake and Bolt at the Jamaican Senior Championships in June, Patterson was much more hesitant, but said that he believed the sprinter, who is likely competing in his last Olympics, was in a much better state mentally than he has been in former years.
“Powell, from all I’ve seen and heard, his mental condition is the best it has been in this Olympic Games,” said Patterson.
As for the women’s final set for this Saturday, Patterson had no doubt that the reigning champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce would repeat the feat she completed in Beijing four years ago.
“If the (pocket) rocket gets out of the blocks like she got out at the Trials, nobody can catch her,” Patterson said.