Tokyo Olympics: From Sha’Carri Richardson to Joshua Cheptegei; Five track and field athletes to watch: The Tokyo Olympics 2020 will open on July 23 after a year-long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are five track-and-field athletes to watch out for at the Games that will be concluded on August 8.
Tokyo Olympics: Armand Duplantis – Pole Vault (Sweden)
Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis has broken the world record and is a world silver medallist. Heading to Tokyo, the 21-year old will vie for the medal he has always wanted to win. “Since I was a kid I wanted to win an Olympic gold, to be the best pole vaulter in the world,” he said in December.
Tokyo Olympics: Brigid Kosgei – Marathon (Kenya)
Kosgei won her first international marathon in Porto in 2015 and heads to Japan as the favourite for gold. The 27-year-old mother of twins broke the world record in Chicago in 2019 and is a double London marathon winner.
Tokyo Olympics: Joshua Cheptegei – 5,000m & 10,000m (Uganda)
The 24-year-old is bidding for the 5,000 and 10,000m double in Tokyo. Joshua Cheptegei broke the 10,000m world record in Valencia in October, two months after smashing the 5,000m mark, which had been in place for 16 years.
Joshua Cheptegei knows he faces a huge task to become the eighth man to achieve the Olympic double.
“It would be a mountain to climb,” Joshua Cheptegei said.
Tokyo Olympics: Sha’Carri Richardson – 1oom (United States)
Sha’Carri Richardson leads U.S. hopes in the women’s 100m, an event they have failed to win since Marion Jones in 2000 at Sydney, before she had to relinquish the gold medal due to a doping scandal.
Sha’Carri Richardson, 21, burst onto the scene two years ago and ran a world leading time of 10.72 seconds this year heading into the U.S. trials.
Tokyo Olympics: Noah Lyles – 200m (United States)
The reigning world 200m champion, Noah Lyles is favourite for gold in Tokyo.
Noah Lyles, who overcame severe asthma as a child, ran a blistering 19.90 to win the 200m at the Golden Games meet in May, about a tenth of a second slower than eight-times Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt’s performance at the 2016 Rio Games