LONDON -- I'm back at the Olympic Stadium for the final session of a remarkable week of track and field. The stadium has been sold out for every session, making it the most well-attended track meet in Olympic history. Former British running great Sebastian Coe, the chairman of the Games, suggested Friday that it was the greatest track meeting he had ever witnessed.
Competitively, the hosts have had the most successful Olympics in their history, shattering their previous record (post-1908) in medals. But the nation will soar even higher if Mo Farah can win gold in the 5,000 meters, which takes place at 7:30 tonight. Farah won the 10,000 meters here and will be trying to become the sixth man to pull off the 5,000-10,000 distance double in an Olympics.
The hyperbole is really flying for this one. Brendan Foster, who won bronze in the 5,000 in Montreal, said Farah is already the greatest long distance runner in British history. Foster said if Farah wins tonight, it will be "the greatest 13 minutes in British athletics history."
The big event, in the eyes of the world and the United States, will cap off the evening and the meet at 9 p.m. That's when the Jamaicans and Americans will collide in the 4x100 relay. Jamaica's Usain Bolt, already a self-described legend after repeating in the 100 and 200, will try to win three golds in one Olympics for the second time in a row. Bolt is the only man to win the 100 and 200 in back-to-back Olympics.
The Jamaicans are the favorites. The question for the U.S. is, can they hold onto the baton? In Beijing, they dropped it in the first round and were disqualified. Jamaica was the favorite then, too, but the Americans had beaten them by .11 seconds in the 2007 Worlds. But the rematch never materialized.