The 100 m sprint event is one of the most fast paced and exciting events of the Olympics, with sprinters posting mind-blowing times and spectators watching with awe. The Tokyo Olympics this year will be a tough year for the athletes competing in the 100 m sprint. The US Olympic trials for track and field are all set to take place from 18th June to 27th June.
With Usain Bolt retired this year, as well as his presumed successor Christian Coleman out of the race, the spot for the fastest man is up for grabs. 9 US men have broken the 10 second barrier in the 100m sprint already this year, but only 3 will get a spot on the team to compete at the Olympics.
Let us take a look at these 9 men and which of them might make the US Olympic team this year.
Men who Broke the 10 Sec Barrier who Will be at the US Olympic Trials
Treyvon Brommel – 9.77sec
Treyvon Brommel ran his fastest time this year at the NACAC New Life Invitational in Florida, just weeks before the US Olympic Trials. The 60 m indoor champion is definitely a contender for one of the spots on the US team.
Brommel first came onto the 100m scene at the age of 19; he ran his personal best time of 9.84sec, the fastest time run by a teenager. Even though he had a disappointing finish in eight place at the Rio Olympics, he is back now stronger then ever.
Marvin Bracy – 9.85sec
Marvin Bracy ran the 100m in an impressive 9.85sec at the NACAC New Life Invitational in Florida on 5th June. Bracy finished 3rd in a time of 9.98 seconds at the 2016 US Olympic Trials, earning him a spot on the team.
Bracy also won Bracy won 60 meters in 6.502 sec at the US Track and Field Indoor Championships in 2016. The now 27 year old is looking strong as he hopes to make his way to another Olympics this year.
Noah Lyles – 9.86sec
Noah Lyles is one of the favourites to take a spot in the US Olympic team at the Olympic trials this year. He ran a personal best time of 9.86 sec in Shanghai, China in 2019. The 23 year old also ran his personal best in 200 m at 19.50sec that same year.
He was the World champion in the 200m as well as the 4x100m relay at the 2019 world athletics championships in Doha.
Justin Gatlin – 9.89sec
Justin Gatlin specialises in the 100m and 200m events, and was probably the biggest competition for Usain Bolt. He is already a 5 Olympic medallist and 12 time World Championship medallist. He won a bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, recording a personal best time of 9.79 sec in the 100 metres final.
Gatlin bagged a silver medal at the Rio Olympics behind Usain Bolt, finishing with a time of 9.89sec. Gatlin won a silver medal at the 100 m finals at the 2019 Athletic world Championships, becoming the oldest sprinter to win a medal in the men’s 100 metres at the World Athletics Championships With this Olympics experience, as well as his consistently fast time he is definitely in the running to go to his third Olympic Games at Tokyo this year.
Fred Kerley – 9.91sec
Fred Kerley is the 400m bronze world medallist and US Champion. He is scratched from the 400m Olympic trials, and will instead concentrate on the 100m and 200m events.
Kerley made an impact by recording his personal best time in 100m at 9.91sec in April. Kerley is currently ranked 4th in the world in the 100m event, making him a serious competitor to bag a spot at the US Olympic Trials.
Cravon Gillespie – 9.93sec
Cravon Gillespie specialises in the 100m and 200m events. He earned a gold medal in the 4×100 m relay at the 2019 World Athletic Championships. Although he is still young, he stands a good chance at the US Olympic trials, with a personal best time of 9.93sec.
Ronnie Baker – 9.94sec
Ronnie Baker specialises in the sprint events. He has the third best 60 m sprint time in history at 6.40sec. He won gold at the 4×100 m relay at the 2017 World Relays.
Baker was a dominant competitor over 100 m in the Diamond League circuit in 2018, winning four races and placing no worse than second. With the 27 year old having a personal best time of 9.78 in 2018, he looks to claim a spot in the upcoming US Olympic Trials.
Kyree King – 9.97sec
Kyree King took fourth place in 100 meters and the 200 meters events at the NCAA Championships. His current overall ranking in the 100 m event is an impressive 35th, with his highest ranking being a 32.
The youngster, while studying at Western Kentucky, he became the first athlete to qualify in four events at the NCAA East Preliminaries. He shows a lot of potential to win a place at the US Olympic trials.
Mike Rodgers – 9.97sec
Mike Rodgers is a track and field sprinter who specialises in the 60m and 100m events. He won a gold medal in the 4×100 m relay in 2019 in Doha. His personal best time in 100m is 9.80sec, which he clocked in 2014.
Rodgers was suspended in March 2012 for 9 months after testing positive for a stimulant called methylhexanamine. He is in running to podium at the US Olympic Trials coming soon.