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The 2009 World Track and Field Championships preview

It’s that time again ladies and gentlemen — Jamaica versus America.

OK, it’s actually called the IAAF World Championships of Athletics which begin Saturday (Aug. 15) in Berlin but the ‘world’ is just the undercard for the main event.

It was just last summer that the world witnessed the great fall of American sprinting when Jamaica opened a can of whoop ass in the short sprints in the Beijing Olympic Games.  So America will try to prevent if from happening again.

Sunday, the entire planet will be watching when the world’s fastest man goes against America’s hope that wasn’t.  Sunday night will be the finals of the men’s 100 meters and the long overdue rematch of Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay.

Tyson Gay is seen wearing a speed suit in honor of Jesse Owens at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.  He is supposedly to wear the same design at the World Championships.  It may take a Owens' like performance to beat world record holder Usain Bolt.

Tyson Gay is seen wearing a speed suit in honor of Jesse Owens at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. He is supposedly to wear the same design at the World Championships. It may take a Owens' like performance to beat world record holder Usain Bolt.

The first time Gay and Bolt faced each other, Bolt set the world record (only to break the record again at the Olympics) in defeat of Gay.  However, Gay injured his hamstring in the trials which ultimately resulted in him watching Bolt shatter all competitors in the Olympic 100.  Now, Gay returns from his injury and no doubt has avengence on his mind.

However, Gay hasn’t ran much this season so let’s see how that will affect him.

Six days later, it will be the finals of the men’s 4×100 relay from which Jamaica has the world record (also set at the Olympics).  Although the U.S. defeated Jamaica at Penn Relays, the Jamaicans ran without Bolt.  Not this time around.

Monday has the women’s 100 final where the Jamaicans swept the board in Beijing.  Can the American women put someone on the podium?

American Allyson Felix — who won the world championships both in 2005 and ’07 — returns to claim her third consecutive title but Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown beat Felix in Beijing.

Another event to watch is the 400 where Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt has been dominating former world champion teammate Jeremy Wariner in the event as of late.  Will Wariner breakthrough on Aug. 21st?

WHAT ELSE TO WATCH FOR: 110 hurdlers Terrence Trammell of the U.S. and ’04 Olympic champion Liu Xiang of China both suffered injuries and couldn’t compete in Beijing.  Expect them to battle for the world championship with Olympic champion Dayron Robles of Cuba … After a disappointing third place in Beijing, American Sanya Richards looks to re-establish herself as the best in the 400.

Check out the 2009 Track and Field World Championships Aug.15-23 on NBC and Versus.

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