The blue riband event of the Olympic athletics programme and the event everyone would normally be paying top dollar to attend – sadly spectators are not allowed to attend this year’s Games due to Covid restrictions.
Thankfully the power of technology means people will not miss out on watching the spectacle in some shape or form. And with Usain Bolt having sprinted off into the sunset, there will be plenty of attention on this one to see who will be picking up the baton from the Jamaican. For the first time since Athens 2004, the world will see a new Olympic 100m champion.
When does the athletics start in Tokyo?
The athletics events start on Friday, July 30, and will span across 10 days – coming to an end on Sunday, August 8.
When is the men’s 100m final?
The men’s 100m prelims will be on Saturday, July 31, during the morning session in Japan (01:00-04:00 BST) before round one later in the day (11:00-13:55 BST). But the action really hots up 24 hours later on Sunday, August 1, with the semi-finals and final, both in the evening session in Japan. (11:00-13:55 BST again).
The actual final will be run at 13:50 BST on Sunday, August 1.
Where is it taking place?
Aside from the marathon and race walk, all athletics events will be taking place at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
Where can I watch it?
Eurosport are the main European rights holders for broadcasting the Olympics this year although the BBC will still be covering the big moments across their channels . With Eurosport you will need a subscription. You can add it to your Sky, BT or Virgin contract or sign up to Eurosport Player for direct access.
Telegraph Sport will also be running a live blog of the blue riband event.
Who are the favourites?
Well, let’s just say things are wide open.
The USA has won at least one medal in the men’s 100 in each of the past five editions of the Summer Games. American Christian Coleman, the reigning world champion and one-time gold-medal favourite , will be notably absent after being suspended in October for two years after missing a series of drug tests.
Trayvon Bromell, who has overcome two Achilles surgeries in the past five years, continued his stellar year by winning the men’s 100m at the US Olympic trials and booking his ticket to Tokyo.
Bromell’s time in the final, 9.80 seconds, was the fourth-fastest 100m in the world since the Rio Olympics, which he left in a wheelchair after aggravating a heel injury. The 25-year-old, who holds the world-leading time of 9.77secs, beat Ronnie Baker into second and Fred Kerley third, both in personal best times.
Justin Gatlin, hoping to reach his fourth Olympics, finished last, while Noah Lyles, the reigning 200m world champion, was seventh.
Bromell tuned up for the Games with another victory, running 9.98 seconds at the British Grand Prix in Gateshead, finishing ahead of British duo CJ Ujah and Zharnel Hughes in 10.10 and 10.13 seconds respectively.
Away from America and Andre De Grasse has a chance of becoming Canada’s first Olympic 100m champ since Donovan Bailey in 1996. A bronze medallist at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, De Grasse is the only Canadian sprinter to win three medals in a single Games (200m silver, 100m bronze and 4x100m bronze at Rio 2016).
South African Akani Simbine is his country’s fastest 100m runner this year and stormed to victory at the Diamond League meet in Florence in June. He also set a new African record in July, his time of 9.84 seconds in Hungary eclipsing the 9.85 seconds set by Nigeria’s Olusoji Fasuba in Qatar in 2006.
What about the Brits?
Zharnel Hughes has the fastest personal best of Britain's 100m trio, false-started in the final at the British Championships, but selectors still handed him a place for Tokyo. He is reigning European 100m champion and made the world final in 2019.
Chijindu Ujah has plenty of Olympic and World Championship experience, with relay medals to his name, but has never made an individual final at a global event. He is the reigning British 100m champion.
Reece Prescod is perhaps a fortunate pick given his poor form this season on his return from injury, but he is a 9.94sec sprinter at his best and claimed European silver behind Hughes in 2018.
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