Olympic Track TV Schedule: Americans Will Shine in Men's 400-Meter Hurdles

Ryan GerbosiCorrespondent IIAugust 6, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  Angelo Taylor of the United States competes in the Men's 400m Hurdles Heats on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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The United States sprinters were dethroned in the men's 400-meter final in London, but the hurdlers are just getting started.

With three athletes in the final, the Americans have the potential to make waves with their performance in the men's 400-meter hurdles.

The United States swept the podium in Beijing and is led by two-time gold medalist in the event, Angelo Taylor.

Taylor won the 400-meter in Sydney in 2000 as a young favorite eager to shock the world. He managed to win a very close race by .03 seconds to secure his first Olympic gold medal.

After a disappointing fourth-place finish in the semifinals in 2004, Taylor returned to form for Beijing, winning the event for the second time despite some stiff competition from his fellow countrymen.

For Taylor to win his third gold, he will again have to keep the other Americans at bay.

2008 silver medalist Kerron Clement also returns to the field for another shot at gold.

Clement won a gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay along with Taylor in 2008, but is searching for his first individual title. 

Clement is entering the race after recording a season-best 48.12 in the semifinals, a sign that he is improving leading up to the final.

Also competing for the Americans is Michael Tinsley, the surprising winner of the event at the US Olympic trials earlier this year.

Tinsley is competing in his first Olympics in London and won his semifinal heat with a season-best 48.18. 

While Taylor is the front-runner among the Americans in the event, it is in no way a lock he will finish in front. The defending champion finished just behind Puerto Rican runner Javier Culson in his semifinal heat and had only the third-best time among all runners.

Still, the US has three very strong medal candidates in the 400-meter hurdles; possibly good enough to sweep again.


TV Schedule 

Live Stream at 3:45 p.m. ET on NBCOlympics.com

8:00 p.m. ET on NBC