The women’s 100m final in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 is all, but likely to be the most greatest spectacle ever in any Olympic Games event.
Well, the doubters can use the heats at the Japan Olympic stadium in Tokyo on Friday to measure what’s expected to come in the semifinals as well as the final itself.
Six women; Josee-Marie Ta-Lou [10.78], Elaine Thompson-Herah [10.82], Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce [10.84], Ajla Del Ponte [10.91], Mujinga Kambundji [10.95], and Daryll Neita [10.96] all finished their respective race under sub-11 seconds.
Again, three Jamaican sprinters, three United State of American sprinters, and three sprinters from the Great Britain made it into the semis.
Jamaica – Shericka Jackson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Elaine Thompson-Herah.
USA – Teahna Daniels [11.04], Javianne Oliver [11.15], and Jenna Prandini who replaced the banned Sha’ Carri Richardson.
Great Britain – Daryll Neita, Dina Asher-Smith, and Asher Philips
Meanwhile, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast made a strong case for Africa with two qualifications each.
Grace Nwokocha and Blessing Okagbare for Nigeria while Josee-Marie Ta-Lou and Muriel Ahoure also qualified for Ivory Coast.
The late Florence Griffith Joyner still holds both the world record [10.49] and the Olympic record [10.62], but whether her 10.62 seconds will still be the fastest in the history of the Olympic Games remains to be seen.
By James K. Attaglo Wilson