The eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt thinks he could have the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games gold in 100m race.
The 35-year-old was absent from his first summer Olympic Games since Athens 2004.
“I really missed it. I was like, I wish I was there,” he said in an interview with AFP. “Because for me, I live for those moments. So it was hard to watch.”
The 100m title was won by Lamont Marcell Jacobs with a time of 9.80s. The Italian sprinter with his team-mates also took the title in the 4x100m. Bolt thinks that he could have been fighting for a podium place, if he was at the Olympics
“My coach said something to me at the end of my career. He said, ‘People are not getting faster. I was getting slower.’ I never looked at it that way,” said Bolt.
“And it’s the facts because a lot of guys don’t really get faster. Because I have pushed the barrier so far and then I started going backwards time-wise, so for me 9.80 was possible to get done.”
Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir won the Olympic women’s marathand gave Kenya her second Olypmic gold medal in women marathon at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics games.
Jepchirchir faced off with women marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei and world marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich who were the race favorites.
The two time world half marathon record holder decided to break away from Kosgei at the 40km mark and never looked back to cross the line in 2:27.20 with kosgei crossing the line 16 seconds later to take the silver medal.
“When I was there at the 40km mark, I knew that I’m going to make it.’ So I pushed the pace because I knew I was going to win,” Jepchirchir said.
“I’m so, so happy because we win as Kenya, first and second … I’m happy, for my family, happy for my country Kenya for supporting us.”
United States Molly Seidel closed the first three podium finishes taking in the bronze medal in 2:27.46.
It was one of the toughest race as the heat wave has been sweeping the area, and even after rescheduling the race to begin an hour earlier at 6am, temperatures had climbed from 26 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) at the start of the race to 30 degrees Celsius that forced Chepngetich to drop out at around the 30km mark, while Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter dropped out at the 38km.
Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi decided to share the gold medal in the men’s high jump on Sunday at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics Games.
The pair of them were given the chance to decide a single winner in a jump-off, or to share the gold. They decided to both take a gold medal rather than risk coming away with silver.
Neither of them had been able to land a jump of 2.39m, but were faultless at 2.37m.
The 30 year old Barshim earned the rare gold for Qatar, Tamberi gained the gold for Italy.
Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus took bronze.