The blue riband occasion of the Olympic athletics programme and the occasion everybody would usually be paying prime greenback to attend – sadly spectators usually are not allowed to attend this yr’s Video games as a result of Covid restrictions.
Fortunately the ability of know-how means folks is not going to miss out on watching the spectacle in some form or kind. And with Usain Bolt having sprinted off into the sundown, there will likely be loads of consideration on this one to see who will likely be selecting up the baton from the Jamaican. For the primary time since Athens 2004, the world will see a brand new Olympic 100m champion.
When is the boys’s 100m ultimate?
The lads’s 100m prelims will likely be on Saturday, July 31 throughout the morning session in Japan (01:00-04:00 BST) earlier than spherical 1 later within the day (11:00-13:55 BST). However the motion actually hots up 24 hours afterward Sunday, August 1 with the semi-finals and ultimate, each within the night session in Japan. (11:00-13:55 BST once more).
The precise ultimate will likely be run at 13:50 BST on Sunday August 1.
The place is it happening?
Other than the marathon and race stroll, all athletics occasions will likely be happening on the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
The place can I watch it?
Eurosport are the primary European rights holders for broadcasting the Olympics this yr though the BBC will nonetheless be protecting the large moments throughout their channels. With Eurosport you will want a subscription. You’ll be able to add it to your Sky, BT or Virgin contract or signal as much as Eurosport Participant for direct entry.
Telegraph Sport can even be working a dwell weblog of the blue ribband occasion.
Who’re the favourites?
Properly, let’s simply say issues are vast open.
The USA has gained a minimum of one medal within the males’s 100 in every of the previous 5 editions of the Summer time Video games. American Christian Coleman, the reigning world champion and one-time gold-medal favourite, will likely be notably absent after being suspended in October for 2 years after lacking a sequence of drug assessments.
Trayvon Bromell, who has overcome two Achilles surgical procedures prior to now 5 years, continued his stellar yr by profitable the boys’s 100m on the US Olympic trials and reserving his ticket to Tokyo.
Bromell’s time within the ultimate, 9.80 seconds, was the fourth-fastest 100m on the planet because the Rio Olympics, which he left in a wheelchair after aggravating a heel damage. The 25-year-old, who holds the world-leading time of 9.77secs, beat Ronnie Baker into second and Fred Kerley third, each in private greatest occasions.
Justin Gatlin, hoping to succeed in his fourth Olympics, completed final, whereas Noah Lyles, the reigning 200m world champion, was seventh.
Bromell tuned up for the Video games with one other victory, working 9.98 seconds on the British Grand Prix in Gateshead, ending forward of British duo CJ Ujah and Zharnel Hughes in 10.10 and 10.13 seconds respectively.
Away from America and Andre De Grasse has an opportunity of turning into Canada’s first Olympic 100m champ since Donovan Bailey in 1996. A bronze medallist on the 2019 World Championships in Doha, De Grasse is the one Canadian sprinter to win three medals in a single Video games (200m silver, 100m bronze and 4x100m bronze at Rio 2016).
South African Akani Simbine is his nation’s quickest 100m runner this yr and stormed to victory on the Diamond League meet in Florence in June. He additionally set a brand new African document in July, his time of 9.84 seconds in Hungary eclipsing the 9.85 seconds set by Nigeria’s Olusoji Fasuba in Qatar in 2006.
What concerning the Brits?
Zharnel Hughes has the quickest private better of Britain’s 100m trio, false-started within the ultimate on the British Championships, however selectors nonetheless handed him a spot for Tokyo. He’s reigning European 100m champion and made the world ultimate in 2019.
Chijindu Ujah has loads of Olympic and World Championship expertise, with relay medals to his title, however has by no means made a person ultimate at a world occasion. He’s the reigning British 100m champion.
Reece Prescod is maybe a lucky choose given his poor kind this season on his return from damage, however he’s a 9.94sec sprinter at his greatest and claimed European silver behind Hughes in 2018.