Colin Jackson believes great sporting duels will define the London Olympics, with rivalries in the pool and on the track providing the highlights.
The former 110m hurdles world record holder expects the British public to get fully behind the Games, and when they do they’ll be rewarded with some classic Olympic moments.
“I think we have to look at the head-to-heads,” he said. “How will Ian Thorpe do against the great Michael Phelps? How will Usain Bolt do against his training partner Johann Blake in the 100m and 200m? That’s another great competition we need to look out for.”
Jackson also believes the British team have enjoyed the best possible build-up to the summer extravaganza. He continued: “They cannot have had any better preparation. They’ve had lots of support, both financially and physically – they've had everything necessary to deliver.
“Every single sports star in the United Kingdom who will be part of Team GB will have prepared to the best of their ability. We did a great job in Beijing but I’m sure in London we’ll see some sensational performances. I’m just hoping everyone stays fit and healthy because if they do, I know our team can deliver.”
Transport and budget concerns continue to dog preparations for the Games. But Jackson thinks the experience for spectators will far outweight any problems in the build-up to the opening ceremony.
“There is definitely a buzz that’s happening now but it’s both negative and positive,” he added. “Let [the critics] have a little moan because they’ll be so wrong when the Games come about, people start winning medals and the real euphoric feeling you get from British success inspires everyone.
“I’m sure we’ll deliver an amazing Olympic Games, a Games to remember, and if you leave London during it you may live to regret it!”