Is this a changing of the guard, perhaps not yet Olympic Games are still weeks away and that leaves plenty of time for all competitors to sharpen their race strategies. However, Yohan 'the Beast' Blake and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce stamped their class on the Jamaica national Olympic trials this past weekend, registering massive wins over Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown, respectively, in the 200m.
Jamaica's National Stadium rocked with excitement as two of Jamaica's newer breed of sprinting royalty gave their more-celebrated compatriots a nudge of sorts; Blake racing to a 19.80 win over a fast-finishing Bolt, 19.83 and the ever-improving Warren Weir, 20.03 in a Racers Track Club sweep.
It has been a weekend of firsts for Bolt, who was losing a 200m for the first time in more than four years and added further fuel to Blake's competitive fire. Interestingly, it now leaves track and field fans wondering whether Bolt, a world record holder in three events and three-time Olympic champion, is still the big man in the sport.
"I can't decide if I am the number one man, the fans and media will have to decide that. I will concentrate on going back to the drawing board and work on the things I need to work on," said Bolt after the race and a few embraces with his Racers pals.
Not accustomed to doing the chasing, Bolt once again found himself trailing Blake at the top of the straight and despite pumping arms, long strides and a grimacing face, Blake would not be caught; not last night at least, but with each passing race between the two, a London gold for Bolt becomes more of a question for some.
Blake was full of praise for his good friend, and credited him for his improvement in the event, and last night's nervy win. "This feels really good. I can't complain," said Blake. "I have to give Usain thanks because he is always pushing and motivating me. Usain has always motivated me, even in this race he told me to keep calm and that's what I did."