London 2012 Track and Field Results: Most Impressive Performances Thus Far

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  The Olympic Cauldron burns as Usain Bolt of Jamaica is seen afer competing  in the Men's 200m Semifinals on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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When you relate the words "impressive" with "track and field," the conversation has to start with Usain Bolt. He has already blazed his way past the most star-studded and fastest field in 100-meters history. 

Now he is set to bring the lightning once again in the 200-meter finals on Thursday. I fully expect him to win the event, as he easily won his semifinal heat. His time was 20.18, but he coasted through the last portion of the race with matters well in hand.

That time will almost certainly be eclipsed in the final. The question is: Will he break his own world record of 19.19?

He certainly has a shot—he's already shown us he can rise to the occasion.

After the 200, he and fellow Jamaicans Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell are expected to power their way to gold in the 4x100 relay.

Bolt will likely leave London with three gold medals, and no one else will even be close to that accomplishment.

He is by far the most electrifying man in the Olympic games. His final acts should be just as amazing as his first.

Here are two other standout performers on the track.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

The lady with the beautiful smile has done her country proud. The Jamaican speedster has already won gold in the 100 meters and silver in the 200 meters.

But she and her teammates have a legitimate shot at gold in the 4x100 relay. Even without a gold they should certainly medal.

That would send her home with three medals from London, and that is very impressive. 

Carmelita Jeter

Jeter also has won two medals in London, but she hasn't captured a gold yet. That could be coming in the 4x100 relay, as she and Allyson Felix will power an American team that is favored to take gold.

She has silver in the 100 meters and a bronze in the 200 meters. Sharing the top podium spot with her teammates would give her a medal of every color in London.

If she pulls this off, she'll be the most decorated American track and field athlete of the games. That would be an awesome distinction to bring back to the states.

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