2024 Paris Olympics: Early Predictions for Men and Women’s 100m

2024 Paris Olympics: Early Predictions for Men and Women’s 100m

Edwin Kiplagat
May 8, 2024 at 9:57 AM
  • The 2024 Paris Olympics promises to be the best one
  • The men's and women's 100m is expected to be epic
  • Sports Brief makes an early prediction on the event

The 2024 Paris Olympics is inching closer, and athletes have intensified their preparations for the biggest event of their careers.

One event that fans will keep their eye on is the men and women's 100m, which has brought some iconic moments in the Olympics.

This year, Americans will battle the Jamaicans in the women's race, while the Americans will look to win their first gold in the men's race since 2004.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Sha'Carri Richardson, Noah Lyles, 2024 Paris Olympics, Fred Kerley, Ferdiandn Omanyala, Christian Coleman
Sha'Carri Richardson beat Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and Shericka Jackson to win the world title, while Noah Lyles took gold in Budapest last year. Photos by Patrick Smith and Sam Mellish.
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In the 2020 (held in 2021 due to COVID-19) Tokyo Olympics, Jamaica dominated the women's race, sweeping all the medals. Elaine Thompson-Herah took gold, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce settled for silver, and Shericka Jackson earned the bronze.

These three women will be in contention in Paris but will have to battle world champion, American Sha'Carri Richardson.

Marie-Josee Ta Lou, Julien Alfred, and Dina Asher-Smith are other female sprinters looking to make their mark.

On the men's side, Noah Lyles will be looking to win his first Olympic gold medal. He won the world 100m title last year ahead of Letsile Tebogo, Zharnel Hughes, and Christian Coleman.

Silver medalist, Fred Kerley, Africa's fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala, Akani Simbine, Oblique Seville, and defending champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs are others to watch.

Men's 100m 2024 Olympics prediction

The men's 100m was predictable during the Usain Bolt era. The Jamaican won three gold medals in 2008, 2012, and 2016 to cement his status as the greatest sprinter ever.

Since his retirement, it has been blown wide open, giving the new generation a chance to stake their claim. Marcell Jacobs has struggled with injuries and will likely not defend his title.

Therefore, the gold medal should go to Lyles. The American gold at the 2023 World Athletics Championships, his first major 100m title. Although he specialises in the 200m, he has become a top 100m athlete, and it is hard to see anyone beating him to gold in Paris. He set a personal best of 9.83 seconds in Budapest.

Tebogo should take silver. The Botswana sprinter has experienced rapid growth in the last few years, resulting in a silver in the world championships in Budapest behind Lyles. The 20-year-old also set his personal best of 9.88 seconds.

The final podium spot will be heavily contested. Former world champion, Coleman, has started the season well, and it looks like this could be a great year. Coleman should take bronze. Despite being a 9.76 100m runner, Coleman has never won a medal at the Olympics.

Gold - Noah Lyles

Silver - Letsile Tebogo

Bronze - Christian Coleman

Women's 100m Olympics predictions

The women's race will be difficult to call compared to the men's event. Three women are capable of winning gold, meaning the margins between the top three will be small.

Veterans Thompson-Herah and Fraser-Pryce are looking to give Jamaica their fifth straight gold medal in the women's 100m.

For gold, I'm picking two-time 200m world champion, Jackson, to win gold in this event. She is looking for her first Olympic gold after taking bronze in the 2021 edition.

Fraser-Pryce is taking part in her last Olympics. Therefore, she is aiming to go out with a bang and I'm picking her to take silver. She won two gold medals in the 100m race (2008 and 2012).

Richardson has a phenomenal 2023. The young American sprinter upset the Jamaicans to win the global 100m title in Budapest. She has lost two 200m races this season, but that shouldn't be a cause for concern. She should take bronze. She set her personal best of 10.65 seconds.

Gold - Shericka Jackson

Silver - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Bronze - Sha'Carri Richardson

Lyles weighs in on Bolt's world records

Sports Brief earlier reported on Lyles promising to break Bolt's record and become the fastest man in the world.

The American was looking to shatter one of Bolt's world records at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, but he fell short. Bolt's 100m and 200m records have stood for 15 years.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.