Abeykoon determined to improve his record
But before that, there are three Men’s 100m qualifying events on the same day commencing from 11.35 a.m. Japan ST (8.05 a.m. SL time).
There are 27 sprinters taking part in the morning qualifiers, out of which 10 will get passage for the seven first-round heats.
Since Sri Lankan Abeykoon has got his Olympic passage through his World Rankings and not on entry timing, he will run directly from the first-round under lights.
Abeykoon did a career best 10.15s in Savona, Italy, in May, this year. He won another international meet in Germany in the same month in 10.09s, but that was not counted as a record due to the excessive wind support.
“I am delighted with the golden opportunity to sprint in the Olympics. I will make every effort to get the maximum out of this,” Abeykoon said.