Usain Bolt: Can Jamaican Sprinter Three-Peat as World's Fastest Man in Rio?

Adam SpencerCorrespondent IAugust 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after competing in the Men's 200m Round 1 Heats on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Usain Bolt is unquestionably the fastest man on the planet right now, and might very well be the fastest man in the history of the planet.

Bolt won the 100-meter dash in both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.

Whether or not he competes in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics is yet to be determined, but if he does, he’ll most likely be the favorite in the race again.

But, he’ll really need to buckle down and focus on his training if he’s going to do it all again.

He recently admitted that he ate McDonald’s before this year’s 100-meter dash and has also mentioned an interest in playing professional soccer in the near future.

If he continues to eat greasy fast food and loses focus on his running, he’ll find it much, much harder to get his third gold medal in the 100-meter race. After all, his metabolism will slow down eventually and he’ll find it harder to digest those 1,000-plus calorie meals from McDonald’s.

And, if he decides to give professional soccer a try, he’ll have to change his training to build his endurance rather than focusing solely on sprinting.

He’s probably at the tail end of his prime right now and won’t be running any more 9.63 second Olympic-record times in the race anyway, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t try.

American sprinters Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay basically shared their primes with Bolt, so they won’t be much competition for Bolt in 2016.

Fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake will most likely be Bolt’s toughest competition in Rio. The 22-year-old will be in the prime of his career at the Rio Games and seemingly focuses more on his training than Bolt.

But, though Blake won the 100-meter dash at the 2011 World Championships, Bolt was disqualified, so he didn’t beat Bolt head-to-head.

If Bolt buckles down and decides he wants to be one of the greatest track stars in the history of the world, there’s no reason Bolt can’t win his third straight 100-meter gold.

There’s not a man on the planet right now who can run 100 meters faster than Usain Bolt.