Olympics Track and Field: What to Watch for Monday

Ron JuckettContributor IIIAugust 5, 2012

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The fourth day of Olympic track and field competition features some classic field events and the men’s 400-meter finals.

The morning session will see the qualifications in the men’s discus and the women’s shot put events.

In the women’s shot put, Australia’s Valerie Adams and Belarus’ Nadzeya Ostapchuk are the only two women this year to throw for over 21 meters and will be favored.

While in the men’s discus, Germany’s Robert Harting and Lithuania’s Virgilijus Alekna are the only men to clear 70 meters this year.

Other qualifiers include the first round of the women’s 1,500-meter and 100-meter hurdles.

Ethiopia’s Abeba Aregawi and Turkey’s Asli Cakir Alptekin are the only two women so far this year to run the metric mile in under 3:57.

The hurdles see the debut of Lolo Jones in these games along with medal hopefuls in Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis and Jamaica’s Brigitte Foster-Hylton.

The Men’s 800-meter first round is also in the morning session.

Kenya’s David Lekuta Rudisha is the only one in the field to break the 1 minute, 42 second mark this year. Rushida holds the world record time of 1:41.01. No one else has run under 1:43 this season.

The evening session features a full night of medal events and the qualifying for the women’s 200-meters.

The women’s pole vault and shot put will be decided early while the first round of the women’s 200-meter sprints will take to the track.

Twelve pole vaulters qualified with a jump of 4.55 meters for the final. Russia’s Elena Isinbaeva has jumped over five meters this year, while Great Britain’s Holly Bleasdale and America’s Jennifer Suhr have come close.

Jamaica’s duo of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown are among the elites of the field. Fraser-Pryce won the 100-meter gold Saturday. The USA’s Allyson Felix has also ran under 22 seconds this season, the only woman to do so.

Then, following the semifinals of the women’s 400-meter hurdles, three gold medals will be decided.

The women’s 400-meter semis feature two runners that broke the 54-second barrier in preliminaries. Russia’s Natalya Antyukh and the Czech Republic’s Zuzana Hejnova both ran 53.9’s while America’s Lashinda Demus has a personal best of 52.47.

The men’s 400-meter hurdles are first followed by the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic ran a season’s best 47.76 in the semis and Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson ran the second best time. American Angelo Taylor qualified third. American Kerron Clement also figures to be in the medal mix.

In the steeplechase, Ethiopa’s Hiwot Ayalew ran the best time in qualifying while Germany’s Gesa Felicitas Krause ran the second fastest. Americans Emma Coubrun and Bridget Franek also made the field of 15.

Last but not least will be the men’s 400-meter final. Trinidad and Tobago’s Lalonde Gordon and Grenada’s Kiriani James ran the fastest times in the semifinals and will be next to each other for the final.