Tokyo 2020 will see a new men’s 100m Olympic champion crowned for the first time since 2004 following the retirement of the great Usain Bolt.
The new king of speed will be revealed shortly today and the 100m final will be held at 6.20 pm Indian time.
Usain Bolt was a unicorn that athletics would never be able to replace and one it should never try to. Bolt won three straight titles from Beijing in 2008 and his retirement in 2017 has left something of a vacuum in the showpiece athletics event, with no one stepping up to fill the Jamaican’s shoes.
There are hopes for some of the participants like Trayvon Bromell — the fastest in the world this year with 9.77seconds — only just scraped into the semi-finals as the fastest loser.
Another is Fred Kerley who posted the third-fastest time in the heats with 9.97 seconds.
Andre De Grasse, a bronze medallist at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, was the fastest qualifier for the blue riband event, with 9.91 seconds. He is also participating in the 100-meter race.
Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson Hera became the fastest woman in the world in the women’s 100 meters yesterday. Shelley Ann Fraser (10.74) won silver. Shereka Jackson (10.76) won the bronze.