Hassan Begins Treble Quest On Day 4 Of Olympic Athletics
Muhammad Rameez 2 months ago Mon 02nd August 2021 | 12:50 AM
Tokyo, Aug 1 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Aug, 2021 ) :The fourth day of athletics at the Tokyo Olympics takes place on Monday. AFP Sport looks at five stand-out events: Women's 5,000m - Final Sifan Hassan will discover whether her ambitious bid for an unprecedented Olympic treble was the right choice, despite the searing heat and humidity at the Tokyo Games.
The 28-year-old Ethiopia-born Dutch runner faces a testing day, running in heats for the 1500m in the morning before again taking to the track in the evening for the 5,000m final.
"Doing that is far more important than gold medals. That keeps me motivated and it keeps me enjoying this beautiful sport." Women's 100m hurdles - Final World record holder Kendra Harrison's quest for an elusive championship gold will continue as she safely advanced through the semi-finals of the short hurdles.
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn lies in wait, however. The Puerto Rican fired out a warning shot as she charged to an Olympic record of 12.26sec in her semi-final.
Men's long jump - Final "If anyone can, JuVaughn can," Swedish pole vault world record holder Armand Duplantis said of his former Louisiana State University roommate's bid for an audacious double in the long jump and high jump.
JuVaughn Harrison, 22, has made a habit of successfully doubling in both events, notably at the US Olympic trials last month where he topped 2.33m in the high jump and sailed a lifetime best of 8.47m in the long jump.
That has made him the first US athlete to qualify for both events since the legendary Jim Thorpe in 1912.
But his bid for high jump glory on Sunday faltered as the American finished seventh.
Also expected to push for a podium placing is Cuba's Juan Miguel Echevarria.
McLaughlin responded last month with a dazzling victory over Muhammad at the US Olympic trials, storming to victory in a world record of 51.90sec, making her the first woman in history to duck under 52 seconds.
It has set the stage for another mouthwatering duel between the two hurdlers in Tokyo.
Women's 200m - Semi-finals Fresh from retaining her 100m crown, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah will look to safely negotiate the semis in her bid to make it a double-double and repeat her feat of the 2016 Rio Olympics She finished third in both the 100m and 200m at the Jamaican Olympic trials in June, where Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce -- who she beat for gold in the 100m on Saturday-- won both races.
Fraser-Pryce and Thompson-Herah could both be upstaged by rising American star Gabby Thomas, who became the second fastest woman in history over 200m when she clocked a world-leading 21.61sec at the US trials in Eugene in June.