The setting will be the World Championships in Moscow on Saturday 17th August. Could this be the day that is forever remembered as the day that the almighty Usain Bolt is beaten by fellow Jamaican Warren Weir.
Weir is three years younger than Bolt and has been extremely impressive since winning a bronze medal in London a year ago. Setting a PB (personal best) of 19.84 in London he has shaded off a further five hundredths over this year, achieving a new PB of 19.79, which he set in Jamaica less than two months ago. Admittedly Bolt has the world record standing at a ridiculous 19.19 but with athletics it is about the now rather than the past. And in this season Bolt has only run 19.73, which he ran early July, which is only slightly faster than Weir.
The two have faced off earlier in the year when they met in the 200m in Paris with Bolt taking the win on that occasion with a PB and a world leading time. However, Weir is currently leading the diamond league standings for 200m having consistently performed well in the races. Weir has raced well all season but unfortunately for him that counts for nothing when you are at the start line of the 200m final in Moscow. More bad news for Weir is that Bolt has exploded into form right when it matters. He will feel on top of the world after recently winning Gold in the 100m final in a dominant time of 19.78.
The only saving grace for Warren Weir is that the days of Usain Bolt destroying world records seem to be in the past. He is still the fastest man on the planet and even though I think his season best times will start to get slower each year I cannot see who will beat him in the 100m in the upcoming years. But the 200m is different. In Warren Weir he has a true threat to his crown. Weir is fresh faced and yet to hit his peak performance so as an athletics fan I am going to thoroughly enjoy the battle between these two phenomenal athletes for the next few years.
So will Weir be the new 200m World Champion? Well, the bookies will make Bolt the favorite, understandably, but lets see what happens on 17th August in Moscow, a personal best from Weir and a slightly under performing Bolt could mean we have a new champion.