Olympics 2012 Schedule: Thrilling Track & Field Events You Have to See

Nathan McCarterFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04:  (L-R) Usain Bolt of Jamaica and James Dasaolu of Great Britain compete in the Men's 100m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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The Women's Marathon is already underway in London. The gold medal in the event should come down to a battle between Ethiopian and Kenyan runners. Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana and Aselefech Mergia, along with Kenya's Mary Jepkosgei Keitany and Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat, have all set personal bests in 2012. They are the fastest in the field.

After the marathon completes the afternoon, evening event finals will take center stage. Gold medals will be given out in two field events and three track events. That includes the always exciting men's 100.

Before Usain Bolt and company take to the blocks, the Women's Triple Jump will take place.

All 12 competitors have failed to crack the 15' mark in 2012, even though half of the field have personal bests above 15'. The event should be wide open for anyone to seize a spot on the podium. That includes Great Britain's Yamile Aldama.

The triple jump starts at 2:35 p.m. ET.

American Kibwe Johnson will be an underdog in the Men's Hammer Throw final that starts at 3:20 p.m. ET. Johnson has a personal best of 80.31', but has only managed a best of 77.17' in 2012. Hungary's Krisztian Pars may be the event's favorite. His season and personal bests top out at over 82'.

One of the night's premier events gets going at 4:10 p.m. ET when the women's 400-meter race takes off.

All eyes will be on American Sanya Richards-Ross.

In Beijing, Ross came out of the blocks strong. Too strong. She was overtaken by Great Britain's Christine Ohuruogu and Jamaica's Shericka Williams.

Richards-Ross is the favorite once again. Her chief competition may come from Russia's Yulia Gushchina and Antonina Krivoshapka. Both Gushchina and Richards-Ross have a season-best time of 49.28, but it is Krivoshapka entering with the fastest time of the year at 49.16.

Following the 400 will be the men's Steeplechase. Expect Kenyan dominance.

There is an American to cheer for however, and he has an outside chance to get a bronze. Evan Jager has only started to steeple in 2012, and has already set an American record in the event. Watch him keep improving and go for a podium spot tomorrow at 4:25 p.m. ET.

At 4:50 p.m. ET it will be time to get to the edge of your seat for the men's 100 final.

Expect the lineup to be star-studded. American's Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin give the U.S. its best shot at a medal. Meanwhile, Jamaica brings in the two favorites to take gold: Yohan Blake and world record holder and defending Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt.

Asafa Powell has also qualified for the 100 semifinals, and looks to be on form to make the finals along with his countrymen.

All five of those men cruised to victory in the opening round on Saturday.

Cameras will flash and the crowd will roar when the starting gun fires Sunday night. One of the most anticipated events promises to thrill with big names and fast times.