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Usain Bolt approaches peak to pump up pressure on Justin Gatlin

Men’s Olympic 100m final in Rio is being billed as a showdown between good and evil with the champion confident he can succeed again

The full story of the men’s 100m Olympic final will not play out for another fortnight, but its rolling narrative is long established. Light and dark. Good and evil. Usain Bolt versus Justin Gatlin.

It is not quite that simple as there is talk in Jamaica that Yohan Blake has found God – and his legs again – having finally put various injuries behind him. He may yet figure and crudely painting Gatlin as athletics’ ultimate super-baddie also appears a little over the top given that senior officials at the IAAF, track and field’s governing body, were banned for life this year for demanding bribes to hide positive Russian doping tests.

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