100m at Tokyo 2020
Blake and Seville

tokyo 2020 alertsFor the first time in more than 17 years, Jamaica will be without a men’s 100m finalist at an Olympic Games. The last time Jamaica failed to have a 100m finalist was at the Sydney 2000 games.

Then, Lindel Frater made the semi-final, but his 10.46 wasn’t good enough to make the final, won by Maurice Greene of the USA in 9.87.

In Athens 2004, Asafa Powell ran 9.94 to finish fifth in the final. Justin Gatlin, at the time, ran a personal best of 9.85 for victory. Usain Bolt won three straight titles in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Blank in Tokyo 2020

Now, at the Tokyo 2020 games, Jamaica’s hopes of a finalist were rest on the shoulders of Yohan Blake and Oblique Seville. Both, however, failed at the semi-final stage.

Blake, who finished behind Usain Bolt in London 2012, ran 10.14 for sixth in semi-final one, won by American Fred Kerley, 9.96 ahead of Canadian Andre De Grasse, 9.98.

Seville, far more inexperienced, ran 10.09 for fourth in semi-final two, won by Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain, 9.98.

American Trayvon Bromell, the overwhelming favourite, also crashed out with 10.00 for third in semi-final two.

The third and final semi-final heat produced the fireworks. Bingtian SU of China ran a national record of 9.83 to take the top spot. He beat American Ronnie Baker, 9.83 PB and Italian Lamont Marcell Jacobs, 9.84, a new area record.

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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.


  1. Injury have our 100 meters men runners on the down low I hope menzie recover fully and tge next young youth them wey injury , thank you Blake and Seville for representing I am proud of you guys well done

  2. Everyone knew this from trials dunno why people acting surprised. You gotta be consistently running sub 10 to stand a chance and they haven’t Seville should be one to watch

  3. Well the women’s team took all three so it’s only fair for the men to leave some on the table for other countries

  4. That the way it goes at time sometimes milk sometime coffee … It’s not always will go the way you want it to go… Good job boys you have done extremely well may God continue to favour you guys there will always be a next time with God all things are possible

  5. Yohan, what you have accomplished is phenomenal. I know you could regain your form after your devastating injury but you will go down history as one of the best sprinters this world has ever seen.👍

    • Alecia White you are delusional if you believe this. Blake is not running 9.8 anymore and Seville has never ran under 10 sec. Just big up the athletes for a good effort but let’s not get carried away.

  6. Blake and Seville did their best and I commend them for that. Seville has age in his favor and displays potential…so I am hopeful. 🇯🇲🇯🇲👏🏽👏🏽🖤💚💛😎

  7. Oblique Seville will get stronger coming Next world game he will shine am glad that Get the experience of a senior Olympic…and the other side Black has Disappoint……is he does not go to 100meter final He will not make it at the 2 meter final He is too Holy and too much praying praying has God a lone will bless Him to run fast but not anyone else….

  8. 😔while this is disappointing I know they will deliver in the future. Congrats guys on giving your best and representing Jamaica well.

  9. I must also say by far this is one of the worst 100m Olympic final I ever witnessed.
    There was no excitement, no favorites it was so dull.
    I really have a problem with all the men in the same line across cause how can you say
    you’re the best in the world and you have to push out your head or chess to show you’re the winner.
    There must be some noticeable separation for me
    I guess i have been spoil by Usain Bolt thank God for the women

    • Jennifer Reid I don’t know what your talking about, but I think it was a good race , so you never see Bolt push his out, think you better go and wash over some 100 meters races

    • Jennifer Reid the fact that there was not a favorite made it more exciting. This was one of the best 100m in a long time.

  10. To be honest I am not disappointed cause the men have been struggling for a while now.
    However I am so impressed with Seville Oblique I am hoping he get will into the right coach hands who can
    transform him.
    I truly believe he is going to be the future for Jamaica.

    • Jennifer Reid So are you saying that Glen mills is not the Right coach for Oblique Seville…that boy will claim is Right in tracks next year at the world games

  11. Blake and Seville did their best and I commend them for that. Seville has age in his favor and displays potential…so I am hopeful. 🇯🇲🇯🇲👏🏽👏🏽🖤💚💛😎


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