The ongoing Tokyo Olympics are witnessing some exceptional performances and records are being broken. The 100m event has always been under the global spotlight and likewise the women’s edition this year will be particularly exciting.
The reigning Olympic champion in the event, Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah will also be in the contest. However, the star has experienced a rocky run in the five years since the Rio Games. But with a strong comeback on her part after running in 10.71 seconds in early July which is the second-best time this season, she will be a force to reckon with.
USA sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was considered to be a medal favourite. The 21-year-old became the 6th fastest woman ever after clocking 10.72 seconds in April 2021. She qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with a timing of 10.86 seconds at the US Trials. However, her 30-day suspension for doping in early July meant that she would miss out on the Tokyo Olympics.
But despite Richardson’s ouster, several awe-striking times have been given this season with the finale expected to have a marvelous line-up competing for the gold medal.
Here’s taking a look at who might emerge victorious in the 100m event at the Tokyo Olympics.
Who will win the gold medal in the women’s 100m at the Tokyo Olympics?
Although multiple sprinters such as, defending champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shericka Jackson, Blessing Okagbare, Dina Asher-Smith among others are still in contention of bagging the gold medal in the women’s 100m event, one name has dominated the field for many years but especially in this season and it seems unlikely her reign will end anytime soon.
That sprinter is Jamaican legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. The iconic athlete had announced her entry into the global circuit with her thundering victory at the 2008 Beijing Games. The ‘Pocket Rocket’ continued on her top form through the 2012 London Games and the 2015 Beijing World Championships. However, the greatest female sprinter of all time stumbled a bit, finishing third in the 2016 Rio Games.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce announced her pregnancy in early 2017 missing out on defending her world title at the World Championships. After giving birth to son Zyon during the women’s 100m finals at the tournament, she returned to the field with a vengeance in May 2018. The now, ‘Mommy Rocket’ took several Diamond League titles and then went on to clinch the world title at the 2019 Doha World Championships.
The world no. 1 became the fastest woman alive and the second-fastest woman of all time after clocking 10.63 seconds at the JAAA Olympic Destiny Series meet in Kingston in June. The legend has announced that she will retire after 2022 Oregon World Championships making Tokyo her fourth and final Olympic appearance.
At the Tokyo Olympics, Fraser-Pryce will face off against some brutal competition but most likely the reigning world champion will top the event. The first round of the women’s 100m will take place on 30th July 2021 with the final race happening on 31st July 2021.