Jamaican sprint trio of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah and the sensational Shericka Jackson could end up sweeping all the available medals in the women’s 100m final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
This will not be the first time for Jamaica should it manifest. The Caribbean Island nation known to producing great sprinters broke the headlines during the London 2012 Olympic Games as Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, and Warren Weir won Gold, Silver, and Bronze in the men’s 200m final.
Jamaica’s aim of repeating that tremendous achievement was amplified by the absence of American sprinter – Sha’carri Richardson who was ban after testing positive for marijuana last month.
The Jamaican trio boasts of the fastest times over the distance [100m] this year; Fraser-Pryce [10.63 seconds], Thompson-Herah [10.71 seconds], and Shericka Jackson [10.77 seconds], only Sha’carri Richardson’s time of 10.72 seconds stands in the mix.
Besides their fast times this season, all three Jamaicans have the experience of standing on the medal podium.
For instance, Fraser-Pryce won the 100m event at the Beijing 2008 as well as the London 2012 Olympics, while Thompson-Herah claimed gold in the 2016 edition. Jackson who holds the fourth fastest time over the distance will be competing at the 100m event for the first time, but she won bronze medal in the 400m at the 2016 Rio Games.
Elaine Thompson-Herah won gold [10.71] in the 100-meter dash in Rio 2016 ahead of Tori Bowie [10.83], Fraser-Pryce [10.86], and Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta-Lou [10.86].
Aside the favourite Jamaican trio there are other genuine contenders such as USA’s Gabby Thomas, Dina Asher-Smith [Great Britain], Marie-Josee Ta-Lou [Ivory Coast], and Twanisha Terry [USA].
In fact, the women’s 100m final is undoubtedly going to be the natural torch that will light up the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
By James K. Attaglo Wilson