New era of Olympic champions eye Tokyo glory

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So overmuch has changed since Rio -- three-time treble sprint champion Bolt is present making euphony


TOKYO:

When the occurrence is yet lit astatine the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, a caller epoch of athletes person a accidental to marque past successful the lack of a big of established stars.

So overmuch has changed successful the Olympic scenery successful the 5 years since the Rio Games -- three-time treble sprint champion Usain Bolt is present making euphony and gathering a household successful Jamaica, portion 28-medal victor Michael Phelps has retired from the pool.

In Tokyo, Caeleb Dressel is the astir apt successor to Phelps successful the medal-gathering stakes.

The 24-year-old American is aiming to go conscionable the 4th swimmer successful past to triumph 7 medals successful a azygous Games.

Dressel is nary rookie, having already won 2 relay golds astatine the 2016 Rio Games, but present his absorption is firmly connected idiosyncratic glory.

Bolt near a gaping spread successful the satellite of athletics erstwhile helium retired successful 2017, but a new generation of stars is emerging.

Charismatic Norwegian 400 metres hurdler Karsten Warholm smashed 1 of the longest-standing men's way satellite records this period and Sydney McLaughlin overhauled the women's grounds successful the aforesaid lawsuit astatine the US trials.

Athletics-watchers looking for a sprint golden medallist of the aboriginal volition beryllium keeping a adjacent oculus connected 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton.

The fleet-footed American erased the 200m satellite age-group records acceptable by Bolt this year, moving a dazzling 19.84sec successful the US trials to unafraid his spot astatine the Olympics.

In the field, Sweden's Armand Duplantis is the undisputed caller king of the rod vault aged conscionable 21.

Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey's conflict with Dutch runner Sifan Hassan is besides keenly awaited aft each broke the 10,000m satellite grounds wrong 2 days. Gidey, 23, present holds the marks astatine that region and 5,000m.

Sky Brown volition beryllium conscionable 13 years and 11 days aged erstwhile the Briton, who was calved successful Japan, competes successful the skateboarding successful Tokyo.

A beardown show by the teen who gained fame successful the US successful 2018 by winning the world TV amusement "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" would beryllium the cleanable mode to motorboat skateboarding connected its Olympic debut.

American golfer Collin Morikawa could headdress a heady fewer weeks by winning an Olympic golden to adhd to the British Open rubric that the 24-year-old scooped past weekend. Viktor Hovland, the Norwegian who is 1 twelvemonth younger, could besides beryllium successful with a shout.

While the caller names volition shine, Simone Biles volition beryllium 1 of the fewer returning superstars from Rio, starring a squad considerably younger than the 24-year-old.

Biles, arguably the top gymnast successful history, has a beardown accidental of equalling Larisa Latynina's grounds of 9 Olympic golden medals.

In essence, the biggest challenger to Biles is herself arsenic she has not mislaid an all-around contention since 2013, re-defining her athletics on the way.

Frustratingly for immoderate young challengers, Biles has suggested she could beryllium persuaded to proceed until the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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