Bolt-Gatlin showdown in 100-meter dash is looming

Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finishing in front of United States' Justin Gatlin, left, to win the men’s 100m final at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Sun., Aug. 23, 2015.

Anticipation is building for the main event of the Rio Olympics, and its two heavyweights are ready to rumble.

Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin are expected to finish 1-2 in the 100-meter dash on Sunday night. The question is, in what order? Jamaica’s Bolt is pursuing an unprecedented Olympic three-peat in the race that determines the world’s fastest man. Gatlin is pursuing an unprecedented Olympic comeback, 12 years after he won gold at the Athens Games. For the past two years, they have mostly been pursuing each other.

Their friendly rivalry, which mirrors a larger one between the U.S. and Jamaican sprinters, will continue in the 200 and 400 relay and is one of the can’t-miss elements of the second week of the Rio Games, as action moves from pool to track.

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