Olympic Track Preview

Sat. Aug. 4: 10,000 meters

Men's Favorites- Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese, American Galen Rupp, and Kenyans Wilson Kiprop and Moses Masai

Women's Favorites- Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, Vivian Cheruiyot, Linet Masai, and Sally Kipyego from Kenya

Sun. Aug. 5: 100 meters

Men's Favorites- Jamaica's Usain Bolt, Jamaican Asafa Powell, Americans Justin Gatlin, the U.S. Trials champion, and Tyson Gay and Keston Bledman of Trinidad & Tobago.

Women's Favorites- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson, Kerron Stewart, and Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, Americans Tianna Madison and Allyson Felix, and Trinidad & Tobago's Kelly-Ann Baptiste

3,000-meter steeplechase

Men's Favorites- Kenya's Brimin Kiprop Kiprut, Paul Koech, and Richard Mateelong, and France's Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad

Women's Favorites- Russia's Gulnara Galkina Samitova, Kenya's Milcah Chemos Cheywa and Yuliya Zaripova of Russia won gold at the 2011 World Championships. The Ethiopian duo of Sofia Assefa and Hiwot Alayew should also be in the medal hunt.

Mon. Aug. 6: 400 meters,

Men's Favorites- LaShawn Merritt, Tony McQuay and Bryshon Nellum of the USA, Grenada's Kirani James, Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic, Kevin Borlee of Belgium, Demetrius Pinder of the Bahamas, Dane Hyatt of Jamaica and Martyn Rooney of Great Britain, Oscar Pistorius of South Africa , and Nery Brenes of Coasta Rica

Women's Favorites- Richards-Ross of the U.S, Great Britain's Christine Ohuruogu, Amantle Montsho of Botswana, Novlene Williams-Mills of Jamaica, and Antonina Krivoshapka of Russia

400m Hurdles-

Men's Favorites- Angelo Taylor and Kerron Clement of the USA, Dai Greene of Britain, Javier Culson of Puerto Rico, South Africa's L.J. van Zyl, and Athens Olympic champion Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic.

Women's Favorites- American Lashinda Demus, Jamaica's Melaine Walker, Natalya Antyukh of Russia, Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica and Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic

Tues. Aug. 7: 1,500 meters

Men's Favorites- Kiprop and fellow Kenyans Silas Kiplagat and Nixon Chepseba, Mekonnen Gebremedhin of Ethiopia, and Matt Centrowitz of the USA

Women's Favorites- Maryam Jamal of Bahrain, Kalkidan Gezahegne of Ethiopia, Natalia Rodriguez of Spain, Americans Jenny Simpson, the 2011 world champion, Morgan Uceny, 2011 world #1, and Shannon Rowbury, 2009 Worlds bronze medalist.

Weds. Aug. 8: 110-meter hurdles

Men's Favorites- Cuba's Dayron Robles, Liu Xiang of China, Aries Merritt and Jeff Porter of the US

Women's Favorites- Americans Lolo Jones, Kelli Wells and Dawn Harper, Australia's Sally Pearson

Thurs. Aug. 9: 200 meters

Men's Favorites- Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, and Jason Young of Jamaica, U.S. Olympic Trials champion Wallace Spearmon, European champion Christophe Lemaitre of France, and Churandy Martina of the Netherlands.

Women's Favorites- Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, American Allyson Felix, and Aleksandra Fedoriva of Russia,

800 meters

Men's Favorites- Kenya's David Rudisha, Abubaker Kaki of Sudan, Mohamed Aman of Ethiopia, Nijel Amos of Botswana, Adam Kszczot of Poland, Nick Symmonds of the U.S. and Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria

Women's Favorites- Kenya's Pamela Jelimo, Maria Savinova of Russia, controversial South African Caster Semenya, the 2009 world champ and 2011 runner-up, U.S. Trials champion Alysia Montano, and Ethiopia's Fantu Magiso.

Fri. Aug. 10: 4X400-meter relay

Men's Favorites- USA, South Africa, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Belgium, Kenya, Great Britain and Russia.

Women's Favorites- United States, Jamaica, Russia, Great Britain and Ukraine

Sat. Aug. 11: 5,000 meters

Men's Favorites-Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel and Yenew Alamirew, Kenya's Isiah Koech and Eliud Kipchoge, Britain's Mo Farah, and USA's Bernard Lagat and Galen Rupp

Women's Favorites- Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar of Ethiopia, Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot, and USA's Molly Huddle

4X100-meter relay

Men's Favorites- Jamaica, The U.S., Trinidad and Tobago, France and Great Britain

Women's Favorites- the United States, Jamaica, Russia, the Jamaicans, the Nigerians, and the Ukrainians



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