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.