Here Are Track Stars To Watch In The First Olympic Games Of The Post-Usain Bolt Era
ToplineWith the absence of the biggest box office draw of the previous three Olympic Games, Usain Bolt, the track events at the Tokyo Olympics will throw the spotlight on to a group of established veterans and a crop of emerging stars who will compete for the vaunted crowns of the fastest men and women in the world. Here are some of the big track stars to watch:
Trayvon Brommell (R) beats Noah Lyles in the 100 meter final during the USATF Grand Prix at Hayward... [+]Field on April 24, 2021.Getty ImagesKey FactsTrayvon Bromell:After a series of injury setbacks—including one that forced him to leave the track at the Rio 2016 Olympics in a wheelchair—U.S. sprinter Trayvon Bromell looks finally ready to take Bolt’s crown. He enters the Tokyo Games as the fastest man of 2021, with a blistering 100-meter time of 9.77 seconds in June.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce:The Jamaican sprinting legend and the ‘ the fastest woman alive’ will look to equal her compatriot Bolt’s three 100-meter gold medals at Tokyo. After clocking in a blistering 100-meter time of 10.63 seconds—only second to the late Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 10.49-second record—earlier this year and with American rival Sha’Carri Richardson missing out due to a headtopics.com
, the “Pocket Rocket” will be the favorite win gold.Gabby Thomas:The Harvard-educated neurobiology major overcame a health scare earlier this summer after doctors discovered a benign tumor in her liver and posted a 200-meter time of 21.61—second only to Griffith-Joyner’s all-time record of 21.34-seconds. Thomas will start as a medal favorite in women’s 200-meter event that is expected to be highly competitive.
Dina Asher-Smith:top-rankedwoman in the format. Asher-Smith is billed as one of the favorites for gold in the 200-meter final at the Tokyo Games, and she is also expected to challenge Fraser-Pryce and the Americans in the 100-meters and 4X100-meter relay events as well.
Noah Lyles:top-rankedmale athlete in 200-meter sprints which makes him the hot favorite to take over Usain Bolt’s crown in the event. Lyles will also have an opportunity to challenge for gold in the 4X100-meter men’s relay, an event that was dominated by Bolt and his Jamaican compatriots for over a decade now.
Karsten Warholm:The Norwegian star is considered by many as the greatest of all time at the 400-meter hurdles but to be truly crowned as the ‘GOAT’ he will need to win his first Olympic Gold medal. Warholm has been undefeated in the event since late 2018 and earlier this month he broke Kevin Young’s 29-year-old 400-meter hurdles world record by finishing in 46.70 seconds. headtopics.com
What To Watch ForThe track finals—often considered the centerpiece events of any Olympic Games—are set to begin on Saturday starting with the Mixed relay and Women’s 100-meter events. The men’s 100-meter finals are scheduled for Sunday, with the women’s and men’s 200-meter events taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug. 3 and 4) respectively. The 4x100 Relay events for both the men and the women are scheduled to take place on Friday (Aug. 6).Read more: Forbes »
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