Former world record holder Maurice Greene has backed 100 metres world champion Yohan Blake to beat reigning Olympic champion Usain Bolt in the 100m at London 2012.
Greene, who won Olympic 100m gold in 2000 in Sydney, believes that Bolt cannot cope with the pressure. Bolt was disqualified for a false start in August’s World Championships, as Blake went on to win 100m gold.
“If everybody competes like they did this year, I’d say Yohan Blake is going to win,” Greene said. “He’s the world champion so his confidence is growing. They train together and Blake seems to be the dominant person in the 100m in their training group.
“So everyday they are training together, his confidence is getting bigger. When they come to the Games, if Usain is still having those problems, Blake’s confidence level will be through the roof. Usain has trouble in close races.”
Bolt, 25, has dominated the sprinting world in recent years and currently holds the world record in both the 100m and 200m.