Today is the second day of the athletics competition at Tokyo 2020. The morning session begins on the track with the first rounds of the women’s 400m hurdles, the men’s pole vault, the men’s 800m, and the qualifying rounds of the women’s 100m hurdles and women’s discus.
Look Out for the 100 meter
The morning ends with the preliminary round of one of the most highly-anticipated events of the Games, the men’s 100m. Who will be crowned the world’s fastest man at this year’s Games?
At 7pm, the Olympic Stadium will host the qualifying round of the men’s long jump, the women’s 100m semifinals, and the first round of the men’s 100m.
Then it’s back to the field for the final of the men’s discus before the semifinals of the women’s 800m and the final of the first-ever Olympic mixed 4x400m relay. Last – but certainly not least – the women’s 100m final will take place to end an action-packed day of track and field at the Olympic Stadium.
Who should I expect to see?
Who can challenge Jamaica’s dominance in the women’s 100m at the Olympic Games? The Caribbean nation has won every single title since pocket rocket Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce stormed to victory in Beijing 2008.
Fraser-Pryce is on the cusp of becoming the first woman to win three Olympic gold medals in the blue-riband event. Defending champion and fellow Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah stand squarely on her way to a historic victory.
Expect Marie-Josee Ta Lou (Ivory Coast), Dina Asher-Smith (Great Britain), and Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) to also be in the mix for a place on the podium.
The first-ever mixed 4x400m relay final will be contested at the Olympics, where American icon Allyson Felix can become the most decorated woman in athletics at the Games. The U.S. quartet that featured Felix won the world title in the mixed 4x400m relay in 2019, setting a world record of 3:09.34.
In the men’s discus, Sweden’s Daniel Stahl will be looking to add Olympic gold to the world title he won at the 2019 world championships.
Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres and Lukas Weisshaidinger of Austria are among the top challengers for the Olympic crown.
Source: Olympics website.
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