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Tokyo Olympics: US Men Sprinters All Set To Regain Old Glory

The future of US Men sprinters looks brilliant and bright as they head to this year’s Olympic games in Japan. The Americans were in backfoot for the last few Olympics due to rise in Jamaican speedsters. But this year in Tokyo Olympics, the story seems to be completely different. With the Jamaican squad looks weak and there’s no Usain Bolt, the American are all set to take this into their advantage.

The Americans have not won the Olympic 100m title since 2004 when Justin Gatlin won the Gold Medal. The Americans were successful in 2000 as well when Maurice Greene was the Champion but since 2008 it was just Usain Bolt who prevented any American to come close as he went on to take Gold in 2008, 2012 and in 2016 respectively.

Rio Olympics

Silver medalist Justin Gatlin of USA, gold medalist Usain Bolt of Jamaica, bronze medalist Andre De Grasse of Canada pose during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 100m on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Gatlin, however came a little close back in 2016 when he took silver in Rio. This time around there’s a different story as US national champion Trayvon Bromell leads the world this year with his run of 9.77 seconds.

Trinidadian athlete Ato Boldon has talked about the possibility of the American sweep. The four time Olympic medal winner conveyed, “I think the Americans are capable of taking two of the three medals in Tokyo, I have (Ronnie) and Trayvon Bromell in the podium in two of those spots. It’s been a while since the U.S has been at the top of the podium at the Olympics, quite a long time, so that’s going to be a return for them for what they’re used to.”

Apart from Bromell, South African Akani Simbine, whose best run this season was 9.84 seconds, looks in a position to intervene an all American sweep with Ronnie Baker (9.85) and Fred Kerley (9.86) also in strong form.


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