An impressive US track and field team that will make history in Tokyo
If the US track and field trials foreshadowed the fate of the Tokyo Olympic team, the Americans will hold multiple world records by the end of the Games in what could potentially be a historic event. The Olympics officially begin on July 23, when the opening ceremony takes place, and U.S. athletes will be eager to try their respective events after many outstanding performances at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus, the site of last month’s trials.
Even the disappointing bans of two of the best sprinters in the United States cannot tarnish hopes for a still impressive team. Sha’Carri Richardson, the 21-year-old winner of the women’s 100 meter trial, was banned for a month from June 4th for testing positive for marijuana. Also on June 4, 29-year-old Brianna Rollins-McNeal, the gold medalist of the 2016 Summer Olympics in the women’s 110-meter hurdles, was given a five-year ban for “manipulating the results management process”. ”
Rollins-McNeal missed a mandatory drug test scheduled for January 12, 2020 to be conducted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, then claimed the data in the medical records presented as evidence that she was not available, harmlessly corrected exam. In addition, in October of last year, the reigning 100-meter world champion, 25-year-old Christian Coleman, was suspended until mid-November of this year because of a series of missed drug tests.
Conversely, those who have a good chance of winning gold in Tokyo are men’s 100-meter favorite Trayvon Bromell and 200-meter specialist Noah Lyles. Bromell became the man to beat after Coleman was put on hold, while Lyles has been the dominant figure in the men’s 200s for well over a year. University of Florida product Grant Holloway is poised to win his first ever Olympic gold in the men’s 110 meter hurdles after taking a top finish at the 2019 World Championships.
Expect another stellar performance from shot putter Ryan Crouser, who broke the world record on exams last month at 76 feet, 8 1/4 inches, breaking a mark that had held for 31 years. In another field competition, the triple jumper Will Claye is about to win his first Olympic gold after finishing second at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and 2016 in Rio.
The epic battle in the women’s 400 meter hurdles continues in Tokyo as current world record holder Sydney McLaughlin and former standard bearer Dalilah Muhammad are the consensus picks for first and second place. A prevailing debate is in what order? McLaughlin ran 51.90 seconds in the US tests, making it the first woman to ever break the 52-second mark. Muhammad, the 2016 Rio gold medalist who previously set the 52.16 mark in 2019, finished second in the exams with a score of 52.42.
In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Rollins-McNeal’s absence does not reduce America’s chances of another gold medal. The US has won gold at three of the last four Olympics (2004, 2008 and 2016), and Keni Harrison is the leading contender for four out of five.