Jamaica’s male athletes could win five medals in athletics at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. That’s the early prediction from the respected US journal, TRACK AND FIELD NEWS.
The prediction appeared on the magazine’s website yesterday and awards silver medals to long jump world champion Tajay Gayle and discus thrower Federick Dacres, and a bronze to reigning Olympic 110-metre hurdles champion Omar McLeod. In addition, TRACK AND FIELD NEWS predicts runner-up finishes for Jamaica in the men’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
This represents an expected increase over the three medals taken by our men’s team at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Gayle won the long jump there, but Cuban bronze medalist Juan Miguel Echevarria has been picked to win the rematch. Super Swede Daniel Stahl and Dacres are slated to repeat their Doha 1-2, with Austrian Lukas Weishaidinger taking third. McLeod is listed behind in-form World Champion Grant Holloway of the United States and 2016 Olympic second-place finisher Orlando Ortega of Spain in the sprint hurdles.