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Who To Look Out For In The 100 Metre Dash (Including DeGrasse)

Who To Look Out For In The 100 Metre Dash (Including DeGrasse)

Posted by Dalton Higgins on July 21, 2015

Of the 26 athletes lining up for this week’s 100 metre sprint competition, many track insiders are viewing the race as more as a coming out party of sorts for a small handful of world class sprinters who happen to come from Pan American nations. When you couple that with the fact that the American and Caribbean athletes who just happen to have clocked seven of the top eight times this year – America’s Justin Gatlin’s (9.74) and Jamaica’s Asafa Powell (9.81) – will not be competing, and that the world’s best sprinter Usain Bolt’s is incognito, the field will be pretty wide open with a few exceptions. Here is a sneak-peak at some sprinters who have as good as chance as any to land on the podium.

Andre DeGrasse (Canada)

Given DeGrasse’s season’s best 9.95 winning time at the Canadian championships that came on the heels of his NCAA 100 metre sprint championship clocking in at 9.97 seconds – the first Canadian to run a sub 10 seconds since Olympic gold medalist Donovan Bailey and Bruny Surin – he is not even running at anything close to his full capacity. While some technical parts of his race need improvement, and he is still only 20 years old, the home field advantage may work to his advantage and land him somewhere on the podium.

Keston Bledman (Trinidad & Tobago)

Many consider Bledman to be the heir apparent to former Trinidadian Olympic silver medalist Ato Boldon. And never mind his Pan American games status - he is currently the fourth ranked sprinter in the world. After clocking in a blistering 9.86 seconds at a meet in Trinidad under a month ago, he is peaking at the right team, and can consistently run sub 10 second 100 metres. 

Beejay Lee (USA)

Lee is DeGrasse’s University of Southern California Senior relay teammate so if anyone knows what it might take to get inside Degrasse’s head, it might be him. Lee’s season and personal best times of 9.99 seconds won’t get the job done at the Pan Am games, so he’s in for a battle.

Daniel Bailey (Antigua)

Bailey boasts a personal best of 9.91 seconds, 10.11 this year at a meet in Jamaica, so will have to run the race of his life to have a legitimate shot.

Antoine Adams (St Kitts) 

With Kittitian sprint icon and former 2003 World Champion Kim Collins still in the mix, and running two sub 10 second races this year, it would be premature to hand over the baton to rising star Adams who ran a sizzling 10.03 in his home country’s championships last month. If Adams runs the race of his life, he could surprise the field. 

Some other names to look out for are Levi Cadogan (Barbados) who placed second at last year’s Central American and Caribbean Games and has a stellar 10.06 personal best time. Kemar Hyman (Cayman Islands) is a sleeper pick who boasts a blazing personal best 9.95 seconds, but who hasn’t been able to break the 10 second mark with any consistency. Shavez Hart (Bahamas) the Texas A&M senior) has run 10.10 seconds before, so could qualify for the finals and be in the thick of things

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