From the start of the athletics program on Friday, Jamaican spirit queen Shelley Ann Fraser-Price will make her grand entry at the Tokyo Olympics as fears of the corona virus have increased.
The 100-meter champion will start bidding to become the first woman to win an Olympic athletics title for the first time when she makes headlines at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
After Britain’s 2012 and 2016 winners failed to qualify, the men’s 10,000m will be crowned a new champion, and the great American Allison Felix will join the opening 4x400m mixed relay heat.
A day after the Australian athletics team was forced into temporary isolation in the Olympic Village for fear of the Cowboys 19, the competition continues in a 68,000-capacity stadium free of fans.
Although most were soon released, the three Aussie squads are in isolation as close liaisons to American pole Walter Sam Kendricks, who had a positive experience for the Cowboys 19 and was ruled out of the games.
Shortly after Kendricks’ case came to light, Argentine pole Walter German Cherviglio revealed that he too had a positive experience and would not take part in the Games.
The incident was a heartbreaking reminder of the dangers facing athletes at the Tokyo Games, where their Olympic dreams are in danger of being washed away at any moment.
“We knew the Olympic Games were different and with different rules, and I’m here, it’s my turn,” Chiraviglio, 34, wrote on Instagram.
“It’s very difficult to survive, but it will pass,” he added.
The men’s 10,000m, the only one-day final in athletics, could be a game between two Ugandans: world record holder Joshua Cheptigi and world leader Jacob Capelmo.
Commonwealth champion Cheptigi, who finished sixth in Rio before winning world silver in 2017 and gold in 2019, and Capelmo both aimed at the 5,000m – 10,000m doubles in Tokyo.
Norwegian Carsten Warholm and American rival Roy Benjamin are in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, while Felix, 35, started his fifth and final Olympics in the mixed relay early.
Meanwhile, in the pool, Emma McCain and Kate Campbell could continue their gold race in the Australian women’s 100m freestyle, and Russia’s Eugene Rylov will consider adding 200m backstroke gold to her 100m title. ۔
French judo star Teddy Runner is bidding to become the first man to win three consecutive heavyweight titles, and Marin Celik and Ivan Dodak competed in the men’s doubles final in Croatia against Nikola Mektic and Matt Peuk.
The seventh day also includes gold medals in badminton, canoe slam, fencing, rowing, shooting, table tennis and trampolining.
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