2012 Olympic Track and Field Results: Predicting Day 14 Finishes
Friday, August 10th will be the 14th day of the 2012 Olympics, and as the London Games wind down, the final weekend will be highlighted by the remaining track and field events. Day 14 will feature eight events in track and field, and six gold medals will be awarded.
Premiere events that will see their finals held on Friday include the women's 4x100-meter relay and the men's 4x400-meter relay.
Here is a look at each of the eight track and field events that will be held on August 10th, and predictions of who will medal in each event.
Men's Pole Vault Final - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Gold: Renaud Lavillenie - France
Silver: Raphael Holzdeppe - Germany
Bronze: Evgeniy Lukyanenko - Russia
Holzdeppe and Lavillenie both vaulted to a qualifying round-best 5.65 meters. Lavillenie has a better personal and season best and should edge out Holzdeppe for the gold. Lukyanenko, the defending silver medalist, has not had a dominating year, but looked good in the qualifiers and should earn the bronze.
Women's 4x400-meter Relay Round 1 - 2:10 p.m. EDT
The U.S. team's season best is nearly four seconds ahead of the next best team, Ukraine. They should cruise to a good lane in the qualifier and on to a gold medal. Ukraine and France are the second and third best teams, though which team is which is unclear. Jamaica, the Czech Republic, and Great Britain are all also capable of posting fast times.
Women's Hammer Throw Final - 2:35 p.m. EDT
Gold: Anna Wlodarczyk - Poland
Silver: Betty Heidler - Germany
Bronze: Aksana Miankova - Belarus
The women's hammer throw is a tight race, with six competitors each capable of winning gold. Anna Wlodarczyk turned in the best performance in the qualifiers with a distance of 75.68 meters, more than a meter ahead of her nearest competitor.
Betty Heidler of Germany has the top personal best of any of the competitors at 79.42 meters and turned in the third best time of the qualifiers.
No one has made a farther throw this season than defending gold medalist Aksana Miankova, who posted a distance of 78.69 meters—her personal best—though her qualifying distance of 73.10 meters was significantly less.
Men's 4x100-meter Relay Round 1 - 2:45 p.m. EDT
Jamaica is the only team to post a sub-38 second time in the 4x100 this season, and they should have little problem winning the gold. After that, things are less clear. Germany and the United States each offer strong teams this year, with France and Canada also appearing strong. It will be a battle for the silver and bronze medals
Women's 5,000-meter Final - 3:05 p.m. EDT
Gold: Vivian Cheruiyot - Kenya
Silver: Meseret Defar - Ethiopia
Bronze: Dibaba Tirunesh - Ethiopia
Vivan Cheruiyot won both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races at the 2011 World Championships, and despite being edged out by Gelete Burka of Ethiopia in her heat, she is the best distance runner in the world and should earn the gold.
Burka, Defar, and Tirunesh are a trio of talented Ethiopians, any of whom could win the remaining medals, and some combination of them are likely to take silver and bronze. Viola Kibiwot and Sally Kipyego of Kenya are the only two remaining runners with much of a shot at the medal podium.
Women's 4x100-meter Relay Final - 3:40 p.m. EDT
Gold: United States
Bronze: Trinidad and Tobago
This event belongs to the American women, and it would take baton troubles—hardly a rarity for the United States—for another team to beat them. Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine and the Netherlands should fight for the remaining medals. As strong as Trinidad and Tobago is, Jamaica should be able to take the silver. Ukraine is strong enough to sneak onto the medal podium.
Women's 1,500-meter Final - 3:55 p.m. EDT
Gold: Abeba Aregawi - Ethiopia
Silver: Asli Cakir Alptekin - Turkey
Bronze: Tatyana Tomashova - Russia
Aregawi posted the best time in the qualifiers at four minutes 1.03 seconds, just edging out Turkey's Gamze Bulut, who turned in her best time ever. Bulut will have a tough time beating her countrywoman Asli Cakir Alptekin, who has a season best time of 3:56.62, faster than anyone in the final other than Aregawi. Russians Tatyana Tomashova and Ekaterina Kostetskaya, the only two remaining runners in the race with sub-four minute times this season, should battle for bronze, with Tomashova likely coming out on top.
Men's 4x400-meter Relay Final - 4:20 p.m. EDT
Gold: United States
Bronze: Great Britain
With the exception of the vacated gold medal at the 2000 Olympics and the boycotted 1976 Olympics, the United States has won the 4x400-meter relay at every Olympics since they had to withdraw from the event at the 1972 Games due to injuries. There's no reason to think that the United States won't win again in London with its deep squad of sprinters.
The Bahamanian team tied the U.S. in the qualifiers at 2:58.87, and should take home silver. Great Britain should battle with Trinidad and Tobago for the bronze, with the home field advantage giving them the edge.
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