Tokyo 2020
Jamaican athletes on their way to training at Tokyo 2020

tokyo 2020 alertsMaurice Wilson, Jamaica’s track and field head coach to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, said that despite “extremely hot” conditions, Sunday’s (25 July) first training session was productive.

The team, which arrived in Tokyo three days ago, was only allowed to use the training facilities on Sunday.

Wilson described the morning session workout as “successful.”

“The athletes participated well, we left the track, and everybody was okay, and so we are looking forward to having similar days, based on what transpired today,” he said.

The Jamaicans, like many other sports stars, have spoken about the weather factor in Tokyo.

“The only additional factor, I think, is the heat. It is extremely hot, so we must encourage the athletes to stay hydrated.”

The Tokyo Games is estimated to be the hottest in decades. It has forced organizers to reschedule matches and push events to the early morning hours or dusk to avoid the scorching sun.

Serbian Novak Djokovic, the world’s number one tennis player, described the humidity as “brutal” after beating Bolivian Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 in the first round.

“It was the hottest day so far. Humidity is brutal. It’s certainly hot but also humid, the hard courts absorb the heat, and it stays trapped in there. There was not much wind, not much breeze.”

Women’s sprints to highlight Tokyo 2020

The women’s sprints are the most highly anticipated events for Jamaica with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah, and Shericka Jackson.

Fraser-Pryce is the world leader in both events, with personal best times of 10.63 and 21.79. Thompson-Herah is the defending sprint double champion from Rio 2016.

Jackson, a known 400m specialist, stepped down this year to set herself up with times of 10.77 and 21.82.

Great Britain’s Doha 2019 world 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith will add fire to the mix. Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who is likely to skip the 400m for which she is the reigning champion, adds more speed to the 200m.

Shanieka Ricketts, Yohan Blake, Fedrick Dacres, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Daniel Thomas-Dodd and world long jump champion Tajay Gayle are Jamaica’s best chances for medals.

Track and field at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games starts on 29 July (Jamaica time) at 7:00 pm

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.