The northern runners team in Tokyo 2020 presents an intriguing detail, with a mixture of youth and experience that leads us to believe generational change is boiling, a detail highlighted by the absence of veteran Justin Gatlin, who was left powerless this time in national eclecticism.
Without Gatlin and Christian Coleman, the latter due to a World Athletics sanction after skipping anti-doping tests, Trevon Brommel appears the right man to inherit Bolt’s ‘Lightning’ throne and conquer the titles monopolized by the Caribbean in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016.
Brommel is seventh on the all-time list, with 9.77 seconds (best mark of the season), a result he achieved after overcoming an Achilles injury while competing in the 4×100 relay at Rio 2016.
At the time, the 26-year-old runner had to leave the track in a wheelchair and no one was counting on his resurrection, even going so far as to say he “didn’t find reasons to live.”
The story has taken a turn and is now emerging as a favorite among professionals, although other names have appeared on the scene in such a volatile event that the millimeter can be decided at the finish line. His compatriots Ronnie Becker (9.85) and Fred Curley (9.86), South African Akane Simbin (9.84) and Canadian Andre de Grasse (9.91) have the skills to win, although – judging by history – Jamaican Johan Blake (9.95) deserves a mention.
Blake, the 2011 world champion in hectometry, tried in vain to testify to the charismatic “Ryo”, and the army of Caribbean men lost steam in tests where adrenaline reached unexpected levels.
The Doha World Cup 2019 did not specify the succession issue. Coleman at the age of 100 and Noah Lyles in the 200 combined the titles, but neither was the absolute dominator.
With the exception of Lyles, the rest will be in the semi-finals agreed upon tonight at the new National Stadium in Tokyo, which will also host the race scheduled to determine the fastest man on the planet, Bolt’s successor, the “goat” (the greatest of all-time) speed.
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