Tokyo Olympics: Who is the favourite to win the men’s 100m?

There will be a new Olympic champion for the first time since 2004.


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Fans around the world will be tuning in to the men’s 100m to see who will replace the now-retired Usain Bolt as the Olympic champion.


The men’s 100m prelims start on Saturday, July 31 in Japan, with the first round taking place later on that day. The semi-finals and final get underway on Sunday, August 1.

All eyes will be on the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo for the star-studded event but who’s favourite to win gold?

American Christian Coleman will miss the Olympics in Tokyo this summer after being hit with a two-year suspension in October for missing numerous drug tests.

With Coleman absent, fellow American Trayvon Bromell is currently the favourite to scoop the gold medal. Bromell, 25, ran an impressive 9.77 in June and looks to be peaking at the right time heading into the Olympics.

While we’re talking about potential American winners, Ronnie Baker and Fred Kerley are also possibilities.

Baker is the second-favourite to bring home the gold despite his lack of experience. The 27-year-old has never made a US team or the Olympics before so it’s unknown whether the newbie will perform on the big stage. Kerley, meanwhile, qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after running 9.86 and can’t be counted out.

Andre De Grasse is also one of the favourites to cross the line first. The Canadian won bronze in Rio in 2016 but his form heading into Tokyo hasn’t been up to scratch. However, he can lean on his experience from previous Olympics to potentially cause an upset.

Akani Simbine is South Africa’s biggest hope. The 27-year-old ran an impressive 9.84 heading into Tokyo and he is also instrumental in South Africa’s 4x100m relay team.

As for Team GB, fans will be keeping an eye on Zharnel Hughes, who is our best hope. However, Hughes false started in the final of the British Championships and hasn’t ran under 10 seconds this year.

Chijindu Ujah will also represent Team GB but he’s a long shot considering he’s never made an individual final.

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