For over a decade, the men’s 100m, arguably the crown jewel in the Olympics’ sports list, has been the domain of one Usain Bolt. But at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics men’s 100m finals this Sunday, things are about to change.
With Usain Bolt, who monopolised the men’s 100m gold at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016, hanging up his running shoes and the 39-year-old Justin Gatlin, the Athens 2004 champion, failing to qualify for Tokyo 2020, a new champion is set to be crowned.
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt was the fastest man in the world. Bolt reigned supreme in the men’s 100m as the only sprinter to ever win the event in three straight Olympic Games (2008, 2012 and 2016).
How to watch Men’s 100m Spirint
- Semifinals: Sunday, Aug. 1, at 6:15 a.m. ET (Stream)
- Final: Sunday, Aug. 1, at 8:50 a.m. ET (Stream)
The men’s 100m consists of four rounds. A preliminary round will be held for athletes that have not met the qualifying standard. Those that meet the standard will move on to the first round.
Athletes will be placed into heats in the first round based on their best time of the season. The top two sprinters in each heat, followed by the next eight fastest not already qualified, will advance to the semifinal round.
100m sprint live stream preview for Olympic 2020
Trayvon Bromell, Ronnie Baker and Fred Kerley will be racing for the U.S. Olympic team in the 100m.
Bromell currently holds the world-leading mark for the 100m in 2021, running a 9.77-second time 15 days before making the U.S. team at the Olympic track and field trials. The 26-year-old has run step-for-step with some of the best in the world, including Bolt before a left heel injury sidelined him ahead of the 2016 Rio Games. After two surgeries, hours upon hours of rehab and persevering through some of the darkest times in his life, Brommell enters the Tokyo Games as a favorite to medal in the event that was dominated by Bolt for nearly a decade.
Baker was once featured as an up-and-coming sprinter that could rise to become the 100m Olympic champion in the book “The Fastest Men on Earth: The Inside Stories of the Olympic Men’s 100m Champions.” Now, Baker has a chance to write his own chapter in Tokyo as a contender in the 100m. Baker qualified for the Olympics by finishing second to Bromell with a personal best of 9.85 seconds. Only three men — Bolt (Olympic record 9.63 in 2012, 9.69 in 2008), fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake (9.75 in 2012) and American Justin Gatlin (9.79 in 2012) — have run under 9.8 in Olympic history. With a similar time, Baker could walk away with a medal in Tokyo.
Kerley is the U.S. champion and world bronze medalist in the 400m, but he decided to concentrate on the 100m and 200m at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Kerley, 26, turned heads in April with personal bests of 9.91 in the 100m and 20.24 in the 200m. He ranks fourth in the world this year at the 100m and could give the U.S. a sweep of the 100m podium with a strong showing in Tokyo.
Where to watch the Tokyo Olympics men’s 100m final live coverage?
Tokyo Olympics men’s 100m final race will be telecast live on the NBS Sports/NBCSN/CNBC in the USA and CBC Sports/live stream in Canada.
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