By Mitch Gelman and Adam Levine, CNNSI.com
SYDNEY, Australia -- When he finished his first 100-meter heat, sprinter Ato Boldon shook his head.
"Too fast, way too fast," he said.
The sprinter from Trinidad and Tobago had run a 10.04, which would not win the bet he had with his H.S.I. teammates. The wager among the group that trains under Los Angeles-based coach John Smith was over who could win his heat in the slowest time.
Boldon knew instantly he was a loser. The others, U.S. sprinters Maurice Greene (10.31), Curtis Johnson (10.30) and Jon Drummond (10.20) all ran slower times, but still qualified for the semifinal heats on Saturday.
Boldon's time was the fastest of the day ( Obadele Thompson , of Barbados, also won a heat in 10.04). Come Saturday night's final, you can bet nobody will hold back.
If he wins the 100, what reward does Boldon expect from his country? "Tobago," he said.