Track and field’s Olympic TV schedule couldn’t have gotten off to a much hotter start.
From Usain Bolt’s record to Sanya Richards-Ross’ redemption, London has been lit up with speed. Day 6 of track and field competition will be no different.
Watch Wednesday’s Track and Field Action on NBC
|Event Description||Time (ET)|
|Various Qualifiers||10:45-11 a.m.|
|Various Qualifiers||1:15-2 p.m.|
|Men's Decathlon 400-meter||4:30-5 p.m.|
|Various Finals||8-11:05 p.m.|
Day 6’s finals include the women’s long jump, 400-meter hurdles, 200-meter and men’s 110-meter hurdles.
Team USA’s Brittney Reese is the favorite to take gold in the long jump. She boasts the best personal and seasonal best of the field at 7.23 meters. Reese has plenty of room to improve from qualifiers, though, when she jumped 6.57.
The U.S. will have three shots for gold in the 400 hurdles. Lashinda Demus, Georganne Moline and T’erea Brown will all compete for red, white and blue in the event.
According to Bovada, Demus represents the Americans’ best shot at gold, but they’re all underdogs to Russia’s Natalya Antyukh. At the 2011 World Championships, though, Damus won gold, recording a time over a second faster than Antyukh, so by no means is the Russian a heavy favorite.
Three sprinters will also represent Team USA in the 200. Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross are all expected to compete for a spot on the podium, but they’ll face stiff competition from a pair of Jamaicans.
If the U.S. doesn’t take home every medal in the event, it was most likely Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and/or Veronica Campbell-Brown that had something to do with it.
Once again, three Americans are alive in a Wednesday track and field final, this time in the men’s 110 hurdles. According to Bovada, Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson are favored to win gold and silver.
Team USA is in position to really rack up the medals. We’ll see whether or not they take advantage.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.