Bolt's 100m Crown At Play As Dressel Seeks To Swell Olympic Title Haul
Muhammad Rameez 2 months ago Sun 01st August 2021 | 02:10 AM
Tokyo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Aug, 2021 ) :Usain Bolt's men's 100m crown will have a new owner at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday as Japan's Hideki Matsuyama targets golfing gold and US swimmer Caeleb Dressel aims for two more titles.
The pandemic-postponed 2020 Games are the first since Athens 2004 to be held without Jamaican sprint king Bolt, who retired in 2017 with the past three 100m and 200m titles, in Beijing, London and Rio.
The first Olympic 100m of the post-Bolt era looks a wide-open contest if the first round is anything to go by. American Trayvon Bromell, who owns the fastest time this year of 9.77sec, only scraped through as a fastest loser after finishing fourth in his heat.
Day three of the athletics at the elegant but empty Olympic Stadium will also see New Zealand's veteran shot putter Valerie Adams bid to become the first woman to win a single individual Olympic field event three times.
At the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Dressel is overwhelming favourite to add the 50m freestyle to wins in the 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle team.
He is also expected to go for the meet-ending men's 4x100m medley.
- Men's golf set for thrilling climax - In golf, an epic final round is in store at the Kasumigaseki Country Club with Xander Schauffele just one shot clear of Matsuyama.
"But I'm going to focus on having fun and trying to play well," added the US Masters champion, who contracted coronavirus a month ago.
With twisties-sufferer Simone Biles taking a backseat, freshly crowned all-around champion Sunisa Lee goes for uneven bars gold as the apparatus finals begin at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.
The last pair compete in the pommel horse, with McClenaghan already planning an Italian culinary treat should he medal -- a slice of pizza.
There are also golds on offer in the diving (women's 3m springboard), BMX, weightlifting and sailing, while the fencing action closes with the men's foil team final.