Maurice to defend Olympic title

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> As modest as ever, Olympic sprint Champion Maurice Greene announced himself to be the greatest sprinter of all time on Tuesday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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Olympic sprint Champion Maurice Greene literally wears his attitude on his sleeve. The defending Olympic 100 metre champion will yet again start as favourite in Athens. After his triumph in Sydney, Maurice's form has dipped in the last two years. However, the American's overall achievements in sprinting still makes him one of the all time great athletes. "Well I have it already in arm. You know I just ran my 50th sub 10 race. I think I have done more than anything any sprinter before me has. And what do you call a person who has done more than anything else. Obviously that person has to be the Greatest of all time. So that's what I believe. This gold medal here is just an exclamation point on the whole aspect," he says. Tough contest Though the absence of Maurice's arch rival and compatriot Tim Montgomery will be felt, the race at Athens could still be a photo finish. Current world champion Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis is in good form and the latest sprinting sensation Asafa Powell of Jamaica will be hot on the heels of Greene. "The competition is going to be great itself. You know a lot of great people are coming here to compete. And only one can take home my prize and that's me. The Olympic gold medal," he adds. But Maurice Greene's recent dip in form is a concern. The American lost two of his recent races to Asafa Powell but the much experieced Greene can be expected to peak at the right Fellow American Tim Montgomery, though failed to qualify for Athens, and many other track and field athletes are suspected of doping violation. With the increase in doping cases of late, the track and field events in Athens will certainly start with a dark cloud hanging over it. However Greene, who has stayed out of trouble, wants to focus only on the positive aspect of the competition. Track and field events during the Athens Olympics will start from the 18th of August. (AP)