Awesome US track team set to make history in Tokyo

If the USA Track and Field Trials foreshadowed the fortune of the Olympic team in Tokyo, several world records will be held by the Americans by the end of the Games in what could be a historic performance. The Olympics officially begin on July 23 when the Opening Ceremony takes place, and U.S. track and field athletes will be eager to start their respective events after many stellar demonstrations at Hayward Field, located on the University of L ‘Oregon, last month’s testing site.

Even the disappointing suspensions of two of America’s best sprinters cannot dampen the hopes of a still formidable team. Sha’Carri Richardson, the 21-year-old women’s 100-meter winner, was suspended for a month from June 4 for testing positive for marijuana. Also on June 4, a five-year suspension was imposed on Brianna Rollins-McNeal, 29, a gold medalist at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in the women’s 110-meter hurdles, for what was called “tampering. of the results management process. ”

Rollins-McNeal missed a mandatory drug test scheduled for January 12, 2020, which was to be administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, then claimed to have innocently corrected the dates on medical documentation presented as evidence as to why she was not available for the test. Additionally, in October last year, reigning 100-meter world champion Christian Coleman, 25, was suspended until mid-November this year for a series of failed drug tests. .

Conversely, those who will be in Tokyo with a strong chance of winning gold are men’s 100-meter favorite Trayvon Bromell and 200-meter specialist Noah Lyles. Bromell became the man to beat after Coleman was sidelined, while Lyles was the dominant figure in the men’s 200 for over a year. University of Florida product Grant Holloway is set to win his first Olympic gold in the 110-meter hurdles after taking first place at the 2019 World Championships.

Expect another stellar performance from shot putter Ryan Crouser, who set the world record in trials last month with a 76-foot, 8-1 / 4-inch lift, shattering a mark that had held for 31 years. In another field event, triple jumper Will Claye is set to win his first Olympic gold after finishing second at the London Olympics in 2012 and Rio 2016.

The epic battle in the women’s 400-meter hurdles will continue in Tokyo as current world record holder Sydney McLaughlin and former standard-bearer Dalilah Muhammad are the consensus choices to finish first and second. A prevailing debate is in what order? McLaughlin ran 51.90 seconds at US practice, becoming the first woman to cross the 52-second barrier. Muhammad, the 2016 Rio gold medalist, who previously set the mark at 52.16 in 2019, clocked a time of 52.42 for second place in trials.

In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Rollins-McNeal’s absence does not diminish the United States’ chances of winning another gold medal. The United States has won gold in three of the last four Olympics (2004, 2008 and 2016), and Keni Harrison is the main contender to make it four out of five.

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