Djokovic aiming to full ‘Golden Slam’; Dressel able to emulating Phelps; Durant, Fraser-Pryce, and Riner going for a hat-trick
Each Olympics produces its share of champions. Among them, a couple of attain exalted positions, match or rewrite historical past whereas some others be a part of the checklist of all-time greats.
Over the following fortnight, a couple of practitioners of their chosen self-discipline will try to add to their greatness. For many, conscious with the achievements of tennis star Novak Djokovic or NBA famous person Kevin Durant, names like Simone Biles, Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Wayde van Niekerk, Teddy Riner and Laurel Hubbard, amongst a couple of others, may sound acquainted within the coming days.
Djokovic is in line to be the primary male to full a ‘Golden Slam’, that denotes successful all of the 4 Majors and the Olympic gold in a calendar 12 months. Steffi Graf confirmed the best way in 1988.
Better referred to as ‘KD’, Durant shall be wanting to add a 3rd gold from as many Olympics for the 15-time champion USA.
Swimmer Dressel, who gained two relay golds in 2016, may emulate probably the most embellished feat in Olympic historical past — successful eight gold medals in a single version of the Games. Much like what his celebrated American teammate from Rio, the mighty Michael Phelps did at London in 2012.
Dressel’s hero Phelps expects this exponent of freestyle and butterfly to match his most-recalled feat in Tokyo.
History beckons Biles
For gymnast Biles, winner of 4 gold medals on the 2016 Rio Games, Tokyo affords an enormous alternative to turn into the primary girl in 53 years to defend an Olympic all-round title. The world is ready to watch her carry out the “Yurchenko double pike vault” which no different girl has ever accomplished.
Another American swimmer, five-time Olympic gold medallist Ledecky shall be wanting to add a couple of extra from her third Games. In freestyle, over 200 and 400 metres, the defending champion may discover it robust within the presence of Australian Anriarne Titmus.
New Zealand’s transgender weightlifter 43-year-old Hubbard, a former National document holder as a junior boy, is a medal favorite within the girls’s 87-kg class. The first transgender to take part in Olympic Games, she symbolises the inclusive coverage of the International Olympic Committee.
Last month, six-time Olympic medallist Fraser-Pryce clocked 10.63 seconds in 100m because the second quickest of all time.
The nine-time World champion goals to turn into the primary girl to win three successive 100m gold medals.
French judoka Teddy Riner, too, is wanting for a hat-trick of gold medals. Also referred to as “Teddy Bear”, this 10-time World champion imposes his 6-foot-8-inch body on his rivals within the 100+ kg class.
Back after a setback
van Neikerk, the person who cracked Michael Johnson’s 400m world document in 2016, returns to his favorite occasion after nearly managing to qualify. The world is prepared to have a good time the comeback of this 29-year-old who suffered a critical harm throughout a charity rugby match after his 2016 feat.