The night that many have been waiting for is finally here. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt will look to win a third straight Olympic gold medal in the 100 meters.
Bolt is the headliner in the 100, with the three semifinal heats and final all being held Sunday night. Bolt will run in the second heat, which includes American Trayvon Bromell, while Justin Gatlin of the United States and Jamaica’s Yohan Blake are both running in heat three. Both Jamaica and the U.S. have three runners in the semis, with Marvin Bracy (USA) and Nickel Ashmeade (Jamaica) in the first heat. The 100 will be one of three event finals held Sunday night, with the women’s triple jump and men’s 400 being the others.
WATCH LIVE: Men’s 100, men’s 400 and women’s triple jump finals — 7:20 p.m.
In the women’s triple jump American Keturah Orji qualified, grabbing the last spot in the 12-woman field with a best jump of 14.08 meters (46.19 feet). The best jump of the qualifying round was posted by Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia (14.52 meters), the reigning world champion in the event. Also competing in the final are Israel’s Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko and Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova, who took second and third respectively at the worlds last summer.
As for the men’s 400, Greneda’s Kirani James is viewed by some as the early favorite to take gold. But reigning world champion Wayde Van Niekirk of South Africa is in the field, as is American LaShawn Merritt. Of Greneda’s five athletes competing in Rio two are in the 400, with Bralon Taplin joining James in the final. There will also be qualifying heats in the men’s high jump, women’s 400 and women’s 1500 held Sunday evening.
WATCH LIVE: Men’s High Jump qualifying, Group B — 7:30 p.m.
WATCH LIVE: Men’s High Jump qualifying, Group A — 7:30 p.m.
Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.
Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.
Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.
She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.
Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.
Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.
Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.
The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.
Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.
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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.
Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.
The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.
In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.
Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.
“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”