Preview: Olympic Track & Field Athletics (5 August)

05th August 2012
Women's Marathon
Heavy rain greeted those taking the start of the marathon – funny how is pours down in London on a Sunday. With Britain’s best hope Paula Radcliffe pulling out prior to the start of the games there is no realistic chance for the Brit’s to pick up any medals. Freya Murray, called in at the last minute, and Claire Hallissey give the crowd someone to cheer for – Mara Yamauchi had already dropped out (this piece was written during the marathon).
Wildcard Prediction: Kara Goucher

Men's 100m - Semi-finals & Final
Likely to be a dual between the USA (Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin & Ryan Bailey) and Jamaica (Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake). Outside those six you’re likely to only make the final as a fastest loser (given the draw for the semis) – so a sub 10 sec time will be vital. Dwain Chambers and Adam Gemili will be hoping to add some British interest to the final.

1 Usain Bolt (JAM)
2 Ryan Bailey (USA)
3 Yohan Blake (JAM)
Justin Gatlin (USA) the outsider.

Women's Triple Jump - Final
Yamile Aldama (GBR) had the second longest jump in qualifying, she'll be hoping to turn that into Gold as Greg Rutherford did.
Prediction: Gold for Aldama

Women's 400m – Final
Christine Ohuruogu, defending champion, goes up against favourite Sanya Richards-Ross (USA). Amantle Montsho (BOT) and fast starting Antonina Krivoshapka (RUS) are also medal contenders.

1 Sanya Richards-Ross (USA)
2 Christine Ohuruogu (GBR)
3 Antonina Krivoshapka (RUS)

Men's 3000m Steeplechase – Final
Often dominated by the Kenyan’s, watch out for fastest qualifiers Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (FRA) and Evan Jager (USA), the latter hoping to feed off the success of Galen Rupp in the 10,000m.

Women's 400m Hurdles - Round 1
Perri Shakes-Drayton is Britain’s medal hope. Eilidh Child will also be looking to progress to the next round (Monday, final on Wednesday).

Men's High Jump – Qualification
Brit Robert Grabarz is a serious medal contender – final is on Tuesday.

Men's 1500m - Semi-finals
Ross Murray and Andrew Baddeley will be looking to make the final.

Men's Hammer Throw - Final
Alexander Smith scrapped in to the final by the skin of his teeth – Top 10 would be a great result.

Men's 400m - Semi-finals
Three Brit’s in the semis – hopes are that at least 2 will make the final

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