New period of Olympic champions eye Tokyo glory


When the flame is lastly lit on the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, a brand new period of athletes have an opportunity to make historical past within the absence of a number of established stars.

So a lot has modified within the Olympic panorama within the 5 years for the reason that Rio Games — three-time double dash champion Usain Bolt is now making music and constructing a household in Jamaica, whereas 28-medal winner Michael Phelps has retired from the pool.

In Tokyo, Caeleb Dressel is the most certainly successor to Phelps within the medal-gathering stakes.

The 24-year-old American is aiming to grow to be simply the fourth swimmer in historical past to win seven medals in a single Games.

Dressel is not any rookie, having already gained two relay golds on the 2016 Rio Games, however now his focus is firmly on particular person glory.

Bolt left a gaping gap on this planet of athletics when he retired in 2017, however a new technology of stars is rising.

Charismatic Norwegian 400 metres hurdler Karsten Warholm smashed one of many longest-standing males’s monitor world data this month and Sydney McLaughlin overhauled the ladies’s report in the identical occasion on the US trials.

Athletics-watchers searching for a dash gold medallist of the longer term shall be protecting a detailed eye on 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton.

The fleet-footed American erased the 200m world age-group data set by Bolt this 12 months, working a blinding 19.84sec within the US trials to safe his place on the Olympics.

In the sphere, Sweden’s Armand Duplantis is the undisputed new king of the pole vault aged simply 21.

Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey’s battle with Dutch runner Sifan Hassan can be keenly awaited after every broke the 10,000m world report inside two days. Gidey, 23, now holds the marks at that distance and 5,000m.

Sky Brown shall be simply 13 years and 11 days previous when the Briton, who was born in Japan, competes within the skateboarding in Tokyo.

A robust efficiency by {the teenager} who gained fame within the US in 2018 by profitable the fact TV present “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” could be the proper option to launch skateboarding on its Olympic debut.

American golfer Collin Morikawa might cap a heady few weeks by profitable an Olympic gold so as to add to the British Open title that the 24-year-old scooped final weekend. Viktor Hovland, the Norwegian who’s one 12 months youthful, may be in with a shout.

While the brand new names will shine, Simone Biles shall be one of many few returning superstars from Rio, main a workforce significantly youthful than the 24-year-old.

Biles, arguably the best gymnast in historical past, has a robust likelihood of equalling Larisa Latynina’s report of 9 Olympic gold medals.

In essence, the most important challenger to Biles is herself as she has not misplaced an all-around competitors since 2013, re-defining her sport alongside the way in which.

Frustratingly for any younger challengers, Biles has advised she might be persuaded to proceed till the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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