Athletics is one of the most entertaining sports at the Summer Olympic Games. Several new records are created every year at the Olympic Games, and this year is expected to be no different. The Tokyo Olympic Games commence next week, as top athletes from all over the world gather for the two-week mega event.
Athletics is one such event where several new records are created at each Olympic Games. Usain Bolt took the track and field event by storm during the last three Olympic Games, as he has won nine Gold Medals and broken several records.
In this article, we will have a look at 5 Athletics World Records that could be rewritten in Tokyo Olympics this year.
5 Athletics World records that could be rewritten in Tokyo Olympics
The five categories which can witness new world records being created are:
- Men’s Pole Vault
- Men’s Javelin Throw
- Men’s Shot Put
- Men’s 400m hurdles
- Men’s 100 m hurdles
Men’s Pole Vault
Armand Duplantis enters the Men’s Pole Vault event as the top favorite, having broken the world record during the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix in 2020. The Swede’s world record of 6.18 m makes him the favorite to win a Gold Medal at Tokyo Olympics. Moreover, he could achieve the feat, by creating yet another World Record.
Men’s Javelin Throw
German’s are known to be one of the best in the Javelin Throw Event. Johannes Vetter, 2017 world champion enters the event as the leading contender by a long mile. He recorded a throw of 96.29 m in May this year and can break the world record which is held by Jan Zeleny (98.48 m).
Men’s Shot Put
Ryan Crouser holds the world record in the Men’s Shot Put event. He has a throw of 23.37 m, which set a new world record last month. The American is expected to bag a Gold Medal at Tokyo Olympics, and should dominate the field.
Men’s 400m hurdles
Karsten Warholm created a new world record in the Men’s 400m hurdles, by a recording a timing of 46.70 seconds a few weeks ago. The Norwegian can be expected to better his timing at Tokyo Olympics, and better his own record.
Men’s 110m hurdles
Grant Holloway recorded a timing of 12.81 seconds in the 110 m hurdles last month. The American can break the world record held by Aries Merritt in Tokyo, given that his personal best is just one second shy of the world record (12.80 s).