Preview: Olympic Track & Field Athletics (9 August)

Men’s Decathlon – Day 2
Ashton Eaton (USA) leads after day one, Trey Hardee (USA) second and Damian Warner (CAN) third. The American’s slipped down the rankings (poor Discus throws) after 7 events though, with Warner taking the lead.

Women’s High Jump – Qualification
No British interest – sad given the men’s result earlier.

Men’s 4 x 400m Relay – Round 1
Great Britain go in Heat 1 and should qualify (best give them a sticky baton to be sure). The favourites USA and Jamaica go in Heat 2.

Men’s Triple Jump – Final
No Idowu – Christian Taylor (USA) had the longest jump in qualifying.

Women’s 800m – Semi-finals
Lynsey Sharp, European silver medallist, will be looking to make the final after a good run in the first round.

Men’s 800m – Final
David Lekuta Rudisha is expected to win; Andrew Osagie really raised his game in the semis and could well pinch a medal if he keeps his head.

Women’s 4 x 100m Relay – Round 1
Another likely dual between the USA and Jamaica in the final – if they both get round safely today.

Men’s 200m – Final
Not much to say really…

1 Usain Bolt
2 Yohan Blake
3 Wallace Spearman

Hopefully Christian Malcolm can restore some pride to the GB sprinters.

Women’s Javelin Throw – Final
Goldie Sayer’s hopes of a medal disappeared in qualifying when injury meant she couldn’t throw properly.

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