The start of the 2020 Olympic Games are almost here. The biggest events this summer will be taking place at Tokyo’s National Stadium, which will be the home for the men’s and women’s 100m, 200m and all other track events this summer. These events are always the most anticipated of the summer, but which stars could be the ones to walk away with the gold medals?
The biggest track event that captures audiences around the world is the 100m. Usain Bolt’s Olympic career came to an end in Rio, which means that there will be an opportunity for a new star to be born in Tokyo this summer. Trayvon Bromell is the current favourite in the betting to win the Olympic Gold in Tokyo.
The American made history by becoming the first junior to run under 10 seconds, and currently has a career-best time of 9.77 over the distance. Bromell also won bronze at the World Championships in Beijing in 2015. Andre De Grasse would be our pick for the gold. The Canadian has a slightly slower personal best over 100m, but his experience of winning bronze in the 100m in Rio, and silver in the 200m could be difference in Tokyo.
Like the 100m, the 200m was also an event that was dominated by Bolt throughout his career. De Grasse will also be among the chances of medals in this race, and he holds a national record for time over the distance, which currently stands at 19.80. He won silver over this distance in the Rio Olympics and 2019 Doha World Championships.
However, Noah Lyles is the man to beat. The 24-year-old American has clocked 19.50 over 200m, and is the reigning world champion, having won gold in Doha two years ago. Kenneth Bednarek and Erriyon Knighton could also be in contention for medals.
The Women’s 100m looks set to be one of the most exciting events at the games this summer. Defending champion Elaine Thompson is back to defend the title that she won five years ago. However, she was beaten by the woman that we expect to win the gold at the Jamaican trials.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the biggest female track star in the world, and has already won golds at both the Beijing and London games. She came up just short in Rio, as she finished third. However, she bounced back by winning the gold at the 2019 World Championships. She looks a hard contender to look past. Dina Asher-Smith could take the bronze.
The women’s 200m also looks set to be a thrilling battle. Elaine Thompson is once again the defending champion, but she will face an almighty battle to regain the gold medal. Shaunae Miller and Gabrielle Thomas both have excellent chances.
However, we believe that Dina Asher-Smith will get her hands on the gold. The British 25-year-old is the reigning world champion, having set a national record of 21.88 when winning at the Doha World Championships in 2019. She is also the defending European champion, having won that title in Berlin a year earlier. This could be the games where she becomes a superstar on the track.
Other Athletics Picks
|Men’s 110m Hurdles||Grant Holloway (0.45)|
|Women’s 100m Hurdles||Kendra Harrison (0.85)|
|Women’s 400m Hurdles||Sydney McLaughlin (0.35)|
|Men’s Javelin||Johannes Vetter (0.18)|
|Men’s 400m Hurdles||Benjamin Rai (1.85)|