14. Tyson Gay
He’s the only man to defeat Usain Bolt in the 100 since Beijing in 2008, and the second-fastest sprinter of all time (behind Bolt). Considered the only man with a serious shot at knocking off Bolt in London, Gay plans to skip the 200 meters in 2012—focusing solely on the 100 and his nemesis. “I came up empty-handed in my last Olympics,” he says, “so going there healthy, knowing I have a fair shot at bringing home a medal, excites me.” After months of rehab from various injuries including one that sidelined him in Beijing, Gay says he feels more focused than ever. “I’m more patient, more of a perfectionist,” he says. “I’m focusing on every stride.”
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