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It's the same city, same distance, but different script.
Tokyo witnessed the most famous 100m race in history thirty years ago.
In front of a large crowd, the globe stopped spinning under the lights for just 10 seconds. American great Carl Lewis won in a world-record time.
Carl Lewis wins 1991 World Championships with a world record 9.86 seconds
A tenth of an second separated the top six, who were from three continents. The scene was filled with characters for everyone, and it was the finish line crowd scene.
It seemed that the Tokyo Games' women's team might be similar to it a month ago.
Sha'Carri Richardson, a 21-year-old American youngster, is in one corner. Shelly-Ann Fraser Fraser-Pryce, an eternally golden oldie, is in the other corner.
Dina Asher Smith, the great British hope, Elaine Thompson Herah, the injured defending champion, Dina Thompson-Herah, Shericka Jackson (wildcard 400m convert), and the in-form Nigerian Blessing Okagbare.
There are many storylines to choose from and the blizzard of sub-11-second times.
We got our drama in the end. It wasn't the one we were expecting.
It was the last twist to a slimmed down two-hander. Thompson-Herah laid on her back, her delight echoing around the Olympic Stadium stand. The epic, sprawling story never came to pass. It was more personal than global.
Before the final destination, the cast list was being whittled down.
Richardson's threat was thwarted by a positive cannabis test a month before the final. Okagbare was disqualified for failing to pass a human-growth hormone test a day before the final. Asher-Smith discovered that Okagbare had failed a test for human-growth hormone.
Five seconds into the final, it was only two. The bar brawl came down to a duel.
Thompson-Herah's golden locks fly in her wake, Fraser Pierce's tequila sunrise dye job streaking through humid air and clear sunlight back to the rest.
The balance held gold. But it was only for a second. Thompson-Herah kept her shoulders relaxed and her stride was long. Fraser-Pryce was a bit stiff and lost her chances of winning the Olympic 100m title.
Fraser-Pryce's 10.74 time would have won every other Olympics final, except two. But it wasn't enough in Tokyo.
Thompson-Herah felt comfortable enough to point at the clock in the final strides. This time, it was the second-fastest recorded in history.
She was socially distant during her celebrations. Fraser-Pryce was able to complete a Jamaican sweep but Jackson didn't seem in any hurry to congratulate Jackson.
Tensions that had been simmering on the domestic scene were exposed for an international audience. Fraser-Pryce parted ways with Stephen Francis, her long-term coach, last year and took up the position of Reynaldo Waltcott. Thompson-Herah remained with Francis and became a stable-mate.
Thompson-Herah's comments after the race were full of that history.
She said, "I see all the negative comments, but I take all my losses, all my defeats, and use them as my motivation."
They will likely rekindle their rivalry on the same track in Tuesday's 200m final. When relay medals go up for grabs Friday, they will try to end their rivalry.
This may be Fraser-Pryce’s last chance at a major championship. Later this year, she turns 35. Zyon, her son, turns four. She has the foundation to run. External-link A degree that can be put to good use.
A new generation has emerged from the void. Asher-Smith claims that she was physically fit to compete against the best in the world before her injury.
Richardson was banned for a month and has been tweeting trash since then. Jackson, 27, is focusing on the 100m for her first year.
All of them, plus Thompson-Herah (29 years old), will be back for more. In one year, the World Championships will be held in Oregon. Paris in three for the next Olympics.
Tokyo 1991 will be the closest rivalry. Thompson-Herah suggested that she, just like Lewis, could still break the world record.
"I am still working on it. It's still a work-in-progress. She said that anything is possible when it comes to claiming Florence Griffith Joyner's mark of 10.49 seconds, which was 33 years old.
Maybe it was in the super-spike era.
This event might even bring athletics back to the golden age of the 1990s. This would be a great event.