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Rio 2016: Hurdles take centre stage

Day 11 of the Olympics features a great slate of athletics action, with hurdles events steeling the show.

Women’s 5000m – Round 1 @ 13:30

Despite the fact that both the silver medallist and bronze medallist from London 2012 are back, one women seems poised to win this race and go on to win the whole thing. Almaz Ayana crushed the 10,000m world record and it wasn’t that much of a surprise going by her success earlier in the year. Well, it’s the same story here. She has dominated in this event so far this year.

Women’s pole vault – Qualifications @ 13:45

With only one returning medallist from London 2012, silver medallist Yarisley Silva, the competition is wide open. Especially considering there are several competitors who have beaten the gold medal mark from London 2012 this year. Sandi Morris of Team USA, Fabiana Murer of Brazil, Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece and Jennifer Suhr of Team USA will all be hoping to get off on the right foot.

Men’s triple jump – Final @ 13:50

London 2012 gold medallist Christian Taylor looks to be in a pretty good position to defend his title. He jumped 0.14 metres further than anyone else in qualifications. Dong Bin of China and Will Claye of Team USA seem to be the next two guys in serious contention for silver or better.

Men’s 1500m – Round 1 @ 14:30

Both the gold medallist, Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria, and the bronze medallist Abdalaati Iguider of Morocco, from London 2012 are back but they’ll face some stiff competition to retain their titles. The Kenyan trio of Asbel Kiprop, Ronald Kwemoi and Elijah Motonei Manangoi will be a huge threat as they have the three fastest times of the year.

Women’s 100m hurdles – Round 1 @ 15:05

Not only are none of the London 2012 medallists returning, but the field has been extremely strong this year and it has been dominated by American runners. The three Team USA competitors, Brianna Rollins, Kristi Castlin and Nia Ali, have all run at least 7 hundreds of a second faster than they next best runner, Cindy Roleder of Germany. Expect all of those to get through to the semi-finals.

Women’s discus throw – Final @ 15:20

Unsurprisingly, Yaime Perez and Sandra Perkovic cruised into the final, but they’ll have pretty significant competition from Su Xinyue and Dani Samuels who had very good showings in the qualifications.

Men’s 200m – Round 1 @ 15:50

With the men’s 100m finished, lots of attention has now shifted to this event as Usain Bolt looks to take the next step towards a historic triple-triple. He, Justin Gatlin, Yohan Blake, LeShawn Merritt, Miguel Francis and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake should all make it through round 1 and they’ll all have their eyes on the final.

Men’s high jump – Final @ 00:30

London 2012’s gold and silver medallists will not be in the final, but all three bronze medallists will be. Derek Drouin of Canada, Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Robert Grabarz of Great Britain all jumped the same height that they reached in 2012’s final, so will be looking to further that.

Women’s javelin throw – Qualifications @ 00:35

All three medallists from London 2012 will be looking to take the first steps to defending their title today. Barbora Špotáková of the Czech Republic, Christina Obergföll of Germanyh and Linda Stahl of Germany will have to keep an eye on Christin Hussong of Germany, Tatsiana Khaladovich of Belarus and Madara Palameika of Latvia.

Men’s 110m hurdles – Semi-finals 1-3 @ 00:40 – 00:52

Omar Mcloed, Ronnie Ash, Dimitri Bascou and Orlando Ortega will be looking to remain at the top of the pile in their semi-final heats, while Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, Konstadinos Douvalidis, Devon Allen and Jeff Porter will be looking to better their times and move towards the front of the pack going into the final.

Women’s long jump – Qualifications @ 01:05

Coming off her gold medal in London 2012 and a good year, Brittney Reese (Team USA) is looking to start strong. As is her teammate and London 2012 Bronze medallist Janay Deloach, Germany’s Sosthene Moguenara, Austrailia’s Brooke Stratton and Serbia’s Ivana Španović.

Women’s 400m hurdles – Semi-finals 1-3 @ 01:10 – 01:20

Ristananna Tracey (Jamaica), Ashley Spencer (USA) and Sara Petersen (Denmark) will be looking to remain as the fastest women going into the final. While Delilah Muhammad (USA), Eilidh Doyle (GB), Zuzana Hejnová (Czech Republic), Wenda Nel (South Africa) and Leah Nugent (Jamaica) will be looking to stay close and push for automatic qualification.

Men’s 400m hurdles – Semi-finals 1-3 @ 01:35 – 01:45

Annsert Whyte will be looking to join his teammate Ristananna Tracey in making the final as the fastest competitor. Karsten Warholm (Norway), Javier Culson (Puerto Rico), Rasmus Mägi (Estonia), Roxroy Cato (Jamaica), Keisuke Nozawa (Japan), Abdelmalik Lahoulou (Algeria) and Haron Koech (Kenya) will all be trying to challenge Whyte and make him nervous going into the final.

Women’s 200m – Semi-finals 1-3 @ 02:00 – 02:10

Behind Marie-Joesee Ta Lou (Côte d’Ivoire), Deajah Stevens, Torie Bowie and Jenna Prandini (USA), Michelle-Lee Ahye (Trinidad & Tobago), Dafne Schippers (Netherlands), Murielle Ahouré (Côte d’Ivoire) and Ivet Lalova-Collio (Bulgaria) are all clogged up and will be looking to separate themselves from everyone else.

Women’s 1500m – Final @ 02:30

This could be one of the closer long distance finals. Genzebe Dibaba was about half a second faster than the next fastest person, Sifan Hassan, but the final will out a little bit extra from every runner. Even if she extends that lead, behind here the competition is very tight.

Men’s 110m hurdles – Final @ 02:45

Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

Rio 2016: Hurdles take centre stage

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