The 100m sprint races are undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated events of all Olympics, with Tokyo being no exception.
Sure, there’s the downer that fans aren’t allowed to attend the quintessential electric event, but with Usain Bolt absent for the first time since 2004, there’s certainly an added intrigue this year.
The Jamaican has been completely dominant in the past three Games, as he claimed the gold medals of 2008, 2012 and 2016 with relative ease.
But with his retirement, a string of sprinters will review their chances in Tokyo. Meanwhile, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is one of two gold medalists competing again alongside champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, while Team GB’s Dina Asher-Smith is also in the mix.
With the highly anticipated spectacle fast approaching, Sportsmail takes you through the all-important details.
Usain Bolt is now retired, so there’s a new winner of the 100m Olympic gold medal coming in Tokyo
Team GB’s Dina Asher-Smith has a great shot at a medal in Tokyo this weekend
When are the sprint finals?
The 100m sprints kick off in the early hours of Friday, July 30, as the women’s first round – which includes seven heats – takes place.
The men’s qualifying round will take place the following morning on Saturday, July 31, with the opening round starting at 11:45 a.m. BST, immediately after the women’s semi-finals.
The women’s final will then take place later on Saturday at 1.50 pm, which concludes the sprint action of the day.
The semi-finals and final men’s will take place on Sunday 1 August, the first at 11.15 am and the last at 1.50 pm.
The relays will then be held the following week, with the final both on Friday, August 6.
How to watch the sprint final
There are two rights holders for the Olympic action this summer in the UK, namely the BBC and Eurosport.
The 100m finals can be watched for free on both BBC and BBC iPlayer, for those planning to stream the event.
BBC also offers radio broadcasts every day on BBC Radio 5 Live from 1am to 9am and 11am to 2pm.
A subscription is required to watch the action on Eurosport, which costs £6.99 per month. They will also be streaming the event online on their Eurosport Player.
Viewers can add a Eurosport subscription to their existing Sky, BT or Virgin contracts.
Who are the favorites to win?
Trayvon Bromell comes in as the favorite after clocking a time of 9.77 seconds in July
American Trayvon Bromell comes in as the bookmakers’ favorite to win the men’s gold medal in Tokyo.
There’s an obvious reason for that: He clocked in in July with a time of 9.77, the fastest time of the year – seventh all-time.
Still, it would be remarkable if he were to win after undergoing two surgeries after an Achilles tendon injury in Rio that left him out of action for nearly two years.
Then, in 2019, he suffered another injury, with coach Mike Ford since admitting he feared Bromell would never compete again.
The American will face second and third favorites Ronnie Baker, whom he defeated in the US Olympic trials, and Akani Simbine, who was open about gold after finishing fifth in Rio.
Legendary Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is also looking for a third Olympic gold medal
As for the women, it’s no surprise that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is once again the favorite to win. The Jamaican has won four of the six available world titles since 2008 and claimed Olympic gold with bronze in Rio in 2008 and 2012.
She could be pushed by compatriot Elaine Thompson-Herah, who won both the 100m and 200m gold in Rio.
Meanwhile, Dina Asher-Smith is being touted as the third favorite, although she would likely need to beat her personal best of 10.83 to take the gold.
What are the current records?
The world and Olympic records are up for grabs this weekend, although it would be a total shock if either one was broken – in the men’s as well as the women’s.
Of course, it is Bolt who holds both the world record and the Olympic record in the 100 meters, with 9.58 seconds in the first – which he set in 2009 – and 9.68 in the latter, which he set at the London Games in 2012. achieved.
As for the women, it is Florence Griffith-Joyner who holds both titles, with a world record of 10.49 and an Olympic record of 10.62, both set in 1988.
Full schedule 100m sprint
Friday July 30
- 3.40am – Women’s 100m, Round 1 – Series 1
- 3.48hrs – Women’s 100m, Round 1 – Series 2
- 3.56h – Women’s 100m, Round 1 – Series 3
- 4.04 am – Women’s 100m, Round 1 – Series 4
- 4.12h – Women’s 100m, Round 1 – Series 5
- 4.20am – Women’s 100m, Round 1 – Series 6
- 4.28hrs – Women’s 100m, Round 1 – Series 7
Saturday July 31
- 3.35 am – Men’s 100m preliminary round – series 1
- 3.43 hrs – Men’s 100m preliminary round – series 2
- 3.51 hrs – Men’s 100m preliminary round – series 3
- 3.59h – Men’s 100m Preliminary Round – Series 4
- 11.15 am – 100m semi-final ladies 1
- 11.23 am – Women’s 100m semi-final 2
- 11.31am – Women’s 100m semifinal 3
- 11.45am – Men’s 100m, Round 1 – Series 1
- 11.53am – Men’s 100m, Round 1 – Series 2
- 12.01 – Men’s 100m, Round 1 – Series 3
- 12.09 – Men’s 100m, Round 1 – Series 4
- 12.17 pm – Men’s 100m, Round 1 – Series 5
- 12.25pm – Men’s 100m, Round 1 – Series 6
- 12.33 pm – Men’s 100m, Round 1 – Series 7
- 13.50 – Final 100m Women
sunday 1 august
- 11.15 am – Men’s 100m semifinal 1
- 11.23 am – Men’s 100m semi-final 2 finale
- 11.31 am – Men’s 3 100m semifinal
- 13.50 – Final 100 meters men meter
thursday 5 august
- 2 hours – Women’s 4 x 100 m relay, round 1 – series 1
- 2:09am – Women’s 4 x 100m Relay, Round 1 – Series 2
- 3.30am – Men’s 4 x 100m Relay, Round 1 – Heat 1 Heat
- 2.09am – Men’s 4 x 100m Relay, Round 1 – Series 2
Friday, AuGparagraph 6
- 2.30 pm – Final 4 x 100 m relay women
- 2.50 pm – Final 4 x 100 m relay men