Tokyo Olympics: 10 Hottest Men in Athletics
The Olympic Games in Tokyo managed to take the trial events themselves one step higher. Among the most anticipated events, at least for Americans, are track and field competitions, where Team USA has consistently excelled for years. But you can not only look forward to Team USA when it comes to the athletes at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
With Gwen Berry’s US flag and national anthem incident and transporter Chelsea Wolfe allegedly saying in the past she wanted to burn the US flag, things were sensational to say the least. Trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard’s selection to compete in a women’s Olympic competition also caused quite a stir. But it’s the sprinters who swore the audience for more than just their chiseled bodies. From Norway’s record-breaking 20-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen to Japan’s own fastest Ryota Yamagata, Team USA faces tough competition and their work is fully tailored to them. But before the US champions defy them, here’s a look at the top ten hottest track and field athletes taking part in this year’s games.
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André De Grasse
The Canadian sprinter won the silver medal over 200 m at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. His victories also included bronze medals in both the 100m and 4 × 100m relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. De Grasse is the first Canadian sprinter to win three medals in a single Olympiad. The 26-year-old’s accomplishments helped him break the record of Canadian legends Donovan Bailey and Percy Williams, both of whom had made history with two medals each in a single Olympics.
The 27-year-old South African sprinter is a 100 meter event specialist. Simbine finished fifth at the Rio Olympics over 100 meters and is the 100-meter record holder in Africa with an impeccable timing of 9.84 seconds – a record set in July 2021 as the 100-meter champion at the African Championships 2018 and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. His record South African time of 38.24 seconds helped him win the country gold at the 2021 World Relays.
The 24-year-old from Grand Rapids, Michigan is set to work wonders at the Tokyo Olympics as he dominated the 800-meter run at the 2019 World Athletics Championships. Brazier set both indoor and outdoor American records and won the USATF, Diamond League crown and World Cup gold. One of the earliest highlights of Brazier’s career was when the young athlete was still in his junior high school year, winning the 800 meters at the New Balance National Scholastic Championships and setting a new state record in 2014. The railway maestro is currently in training under the former US long-distance professional Pete Julian.
Another big Team USA star to watch out for at the Tokyo Olympics, 23-year-old Lyles also specializes in sprints. His personal bests include 9.86 seconds over 100 meters and 19.50 seconds over 200 meters. Lyles holds the title of 300-meter indoor world best with an unmatched timing of 31.87 seconds from the 2017 USA Indoor Championships. Lyles made his way into the 100-meter world rankings in 2019 and was the greatest achievement of the 200-meter race the 2019 IAAF World Championships, where he won gold. With an illustrious career, he is a great Olympic hope in both the 100-meter and 200-meter run at the Tokyo Games.
The Norwegian middle-distance runner won two gold medals over 1500 and 5000 meters at the European Championships in 2018. Ingebrigtsen set a new European record in the 5000 meter run in the Diamond League at 12:48:45 p.m. at the beginning of June. With the older brothers Henrik and Filip, also middle-distance runners at international level, the Ingebrigtsen brothers train under their father Gjert. From 2021 Ingebrigtsen will be one of the top ten thickest men in the 1500 meter, 2000 meter and 3000 meter categories. The savvy 20-year-old is also the only one of two men who ran under 3:30 1500 meters, under 7:30 3000 meters and under 12:50 5000 meters.
The 27-year-old Jamaican hurdler and sprinter won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The former world champion in the 110-meter category was also named NCAA indoor champion in the 60-meter hurdles in 2014 and 2015. McLeod was also named the outdoor 110-meter hurdles champion in 2015 and turned pro shortly after college season of the year. McLeod’s personal best of 12.90 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles catapults him to fifth place in the all-time world rankings.
Randolph Ross, son of Duane Ross, the 1998 indoor 60-yard hurdles champion, is a sophomore from Raleigh, North Carolina, college with A&T Aggies. Randolph also trains under his father Duane, and at just 20 years old, he has already won the 200-meter race at the 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a record of 43.85 seconds. Timing put the US sprinter on the all-time leaderboard, and shortly thereafter, Randolph qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by finishing third in the US Trials that June.
The 29-year-old Japanese sprinter holds a national record of 9.95 seconds in the 100 meter category. He set the record when he qualified for the men’s 100m final in the Japanese athletics tests for the Tokyo Olympics in June. After winning the bronze medal in the individual relay relay at the 2009 World Athletics Championships, Yamagata was part of the 4×100 meter relay for Japan and helped the nation achieve a silver medal in the final of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Tray from Bromell
At the age of 26, Bromell is already the first junior to break the 10-second mark over 100 meters with a time of 9.97 seconds. In the current junior world record, the personal best time of 9.77 seconds in the 100 meter category of the Team USA member helped him to finish seventh among the fastest living men. The 2016 60-meter indoor world champion Bromell also competed for the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The British sprinter specializes in the 100 meter and 200 meter categories. At the age of 25, he won both the 100-meter and the 4×100-meter relay at the 2018 European Championships, where he represented Great Britain. Hughes also won gold in the 4 x 100 meter relay at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where he represented England.