Now we have three men with a great opportunity. Jeff Riseley has, at the age of 34, come into form at just the right time to qualify, after years of injury and indifferent form. He ran well for 4th in his heat in 1.45.41, coming home hard and passing a former world champ, Pierre-Ambroise Bosse.
West Australian Peter Bol has broken the Australian 800m record at the Tokyo Olympics. Running in heat 1, Bol sat in second for most of the race, and finished strong crossing the line also in second. Easing up over the line, Bol still managed to break the Australian 800m record clocking 1:44.13. Not hard to see Bol dipping significantly under 1:44.00 in either the semi-final or final.
The first day of action in Tokyo. Flash recap below from day 1, session 1.
Women's 400m hurdling has seen a fantastic turnaround in the last few months, and American Sydney McLaughlin has been at the forefront. The 21-year-old became the first woman ever to run the 400-metre hurdles in under 52 seconds with a time of 51.90, inevitably landing her the National title at Hayward Field.
Australia’s Olympic Track and Field team has been plunged into isolation after an athlete was potentially exposed to COVID-19. It has been reported that the test is connected to team USA.
Former Olympic gold medallist Taoufik Makhloufi has pulled out of the Tokyo Games due to a knee injury. The 33-year-old was a medal hope in Japan after winning 800m and 1500m silvers at the 2016 Rio Olympics and 1500m silver at the 2019 Doha world championships. He is the 2012 1500m Olympic champion.
After fleeing from war-torn Somalia as a teenager, Abdi and his family arrived in the United States, where they settled in Tucson, Arizona.
Already a two-time world champion at the age of 25, Norwegian athlete Karsten Warholm is currently the crowd's favorite to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
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Sifan Hassan is potentially about to have a crack at the impossible treble; the 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m at the Tokyo Olympics. There is still a possibility that she will scratch from one event (rumoured to be the 1500m), but for now Hassan's name is on the start-lists for all three.