— Published 28 July 2021

The offbeat news of the day: Sebastian Coe awaits the hundredth

Seb Coe

Sebastian Coe, the president of World Athletics, reminded it on Wednesday, July 28th in Tokyo during a press conference: no less than 99 countries have already won at least one medal at the Olympic Games since the creation of the event. Proof, he suggests, of the universality of the discipline. Two days before the first competitions, the Briton already imagines that the Tokyo Games will add the 100th. He even dared to make a prediction. “I am quite confident that a 100th country will get a medal. It could be Burkina Faso with its fabulous triple jumper Hugues Fabrice Zango, Israel with its talented middle-distance runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, or Peru with its race walker Kimberley Garcia Leon.” No less than 2,038 athletes from 106 countries are competing in athletics at the Tokyo Games. With, according to Sebastian Coe, candidates for medals aged from 19 to 45 years.