Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce FAVOURITE for the Olympic women's 100m!

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GENERAL OVERVIEW

When is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics taking place? The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is taking take place between 23rd July, 2021 and 8th August 2021, although some preliminary events began on 21st July, 2021.

Where is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics taking place? While the vast majority of Olympic action will naturally take place in Tokyo or the surrounding areas, the likes of Yokohama, Saitama, Sendai, Kashima and Sapporo are also hosting events.

Where can I get tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? Many events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are be taking place without spectators, but not all. For full information, your best bet is to head here for the latest information.

What TV channel is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on in the UK? Televised Olympic coverage is shared between BBC and Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedules for the full breakdown.

Where can I stream the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the UK? Unlike in previous Olympic Games, the Beeb can only show two live events at any one time, which are viewable on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website & app. Eurosport subscribers can stream the action on Eurosport Player, while the biggest offering is available for subscribers of discovery+, the new player in town. For those not inclined, the BBC have a highlights programme at 19:30 every evening.

EVENT OVERVIEW

What time is the Women’s 100m taking place? 13:50 on Saturday 31st July (UK time)

Where is the Women’s 100m taking place? Olympic Stadium

Who is the reigning Olympic champion in the Women’s 100m? Elaine Thompson of Jamaica

Who is the current world record holder of the Women’s 100m? Florence Griffith-Joyner of the United States with a time of 10.49 seconds in 1988

WHO ARE THE LEADING MEDAL CONTENDERS?

The big pre-Olympic news that Team USA athlete Sha’Carri Richardson will miss the games after testing positive for marijuana has streamlined the list of the main competitors challenging for the gold medal.

There is the legitimate possibility of an all-Jamaican podium with 2016 winner Elaine Thompson-Herah coming in as the second favourite behind her compatriot and almost universally expected winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Thompson took gold in Rio with Fraser-Pryce in bronze position and they should be certainties for the podium. As well as those two, Shericka Jackson is in good form with a season best of 10.77 seconds meaning a Jamaican clean sweep is a real possibility.

Team GB’s Dina Asher-Smith is coming into the games in strong form and she is one of three British athletes in the semi-finals. It would take a truly excellent race for her to challenge the Jamaican frontrunners but she is in the hunt for a medal. However, she’ll have to overcome the Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou as well as the Jamaican trio to reach the podium.

TSZ’S PREDICTION

Given that there are three athletes from the one country all with legitimate chances of winning the race, a safe bet would be “Jamaica to win”. The actual athlete who will do that for Jamaica is a little less certain. However it is difficult to look past Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce given her general quality as well as the fact that that quality is met by form with her season’s best of 10.63 seconds also being a PB and by far the best time of anybody else in the field.

TSZ Tip: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) to win

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