SI's Daily Olympic Briefing: Aug. 8
LONDON -- The résumé glitters with everything but individual gold. Allyson Felix owns world championship titles and Olympic relay gold medals, and two months ago she ran 21.69 in the 200 at this year's Olympic Trials, the sixth-fastest time in history and the third-fastest by a female American performer. No other woman in the world has broken 22 seconds in 2012.
Now comes her moment. Felix is the favorite in today's 200 (4 p.m.), a race that can cement her legacy in the sport. She won her semifinal Tuesday night in 22.31 and looked like a champion-in-waiting. "She has run at least 125 200-meter races since her freshman year in high school, and on her game, she is one of the most graceful, women's half-lap runners in history,"
As always, Felix will be flanked by Jamaican rivals Shelley-Ann Fraser Pryce, the winner of the 100, and Veronica Campbell Brown, who defeated Felix in this race in both 2004 and 2008. The other Americans to watch are Carmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross. Campbell-Brown ran a season-best 22.32 in her semi. Jeter ran 22.39 in hers.
The 200 is one of the great races on a loaded track and field card and part of a great day in London featuring additional medals awarded in beach volleyball, boxing, canoe sprint, equestrian, sailing, table tennis, taekwondo and wrestling.
The 110 men's hurdles blew up in the opening heat Tuesday when Liu Xiang went down with an injury prior to hitting the first hurdle. (SI.com's S.L. Price captured Liu's tortuous day
The biggest non-medal event at the track will be the semifinals of the men's 200 (3:10 p.m.) as Usain Bolt looks to repeat his sprint double magic of Beijing. Bolt, countryman Yohan Blake and Wallace Spearman of the U.S. will likely be the top three fastest qualifiers for the final.
Other non-medal events include men's pole vault and women's hammer throw qualifying (5 a.m.), men's 5,000 round one (5:45 a.m.), women's 800 round one (6:35 a.m.), men's javelin throw (7:05 a.m.) and the women's 1,500 semis (2:45 p.m.).
If that were not enough, the first five events of the men's decathlon (the 100, long jump, shot put, high jump, and 400) will also be held. Ashton Eaton of the U.S. -- who set the world record in June -- is SI's pick for gold. American Trey Hardee is also a medal contender.
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