For the first time in more than 17 years, Jamaica will be without a men’s 100m finalist at an Olympic Games. The last time Jamaica failed to have a 100m finalist was at the Sydney 2000 games.
Then, Lindel Frater made the semi-final, but his 10.46 wasn’t good enough to make the final, won by Maurice Greene of the USA in 9.87.
In Athens 2004, Asafa Powell ran 9.94 to finish fifth in the final. Justin Gatlin, at the time, ran a personal best of 9.85 for victory. Usain Bolt won three straight titles in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
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Blank in Tokyo 2020
Now, at the Tokyo 2020 games, Jamaica’s hopes of a finalist were rest on the shoulders of Yohan Blake and Oblique Seville. Both, however, failed at the semi-final stage.
Blake, who finished behind Usain Bolt in London 2012, ran 10.14 for sixth in semi-final one, won by American Fred Kerley, 9.96 ahead of Canadian Andre De Grasse, 9.98.
Seville, far more inexperienced, ran 10.09 for fourth in semi-final two, won by Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain, 9.98.
American Trayvon Bromell, the overwhelming favourite, also crashed out with 10.00 for third in semi-final two.
The third and final semi-final heat produced the fireworks. Bingtian SU of China ran a national record of 9.83 to take the top spot. He beat American Ronnie Baker, 9.83 PB and Italian Lamont Marcell Jacobs, 9.84, a new area record.