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Rio 2016: Usain Bolt gets his chance to shine

It's the second day of athletics events and it's time for some of the big guns to show what the last four years of preparation have done.


Men’s 100m – Preliminaries @ 13:30

The lead up to potentially the biggest event in the Olympics is on. The top two from each heat and then the next two fastest times will advance to Round 1.

Women’s triple jump – Qualifications @ 13:40

All three triple jump medallists from London 2012 will be competing again. Silver medallist Caterine Ibargüen has notched the best jump so far this year, so she’ll be a favourite, but Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela and Paraskevi Papachristou of Greece are others to watch.

Women’s 3000m steeplechase – Round 1 @ 14:05

Both the silver and bronze medallists from London 2012 will be competing again, Habiba Ghribi and Sofia Assefa respectively. However, they’ll be pushed hard to retain their medals by Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet, Kenya’s Hyvin Jepkemoi and the USA’s Emma Coburn.

Men’s discus throw – Final @ 14:50

Poland’s Piotr Małachowski, Austria’s Lukas Weißhaidinger, Germany’s Christop Harting and Lithuania’s Andrius Gudžius will all be looking to better their strong qualifying throws and compete for the gold medal.

Women’s 400m – Round 1 @ 15:00

With only one returning London 2012 medallist, silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu, the competition is wide open, especially considering that the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller, the USA’s Allyson Felix and Phyllis Francis and Jamaica’s Stephenie Ann McPherson are all competintg. All of which, among others, have run faster than Ohuruogu this year.

Women’s Heptathlon – Long jump @ 15:45

Men’s 100m – Round 1 @ 16:00

Here we go, the first look we’ll have at the world’s fastest humans. Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Justin Gatlin, Trayvon Bromell and Jimmy Vicaut among others will have their first crack in Rio.

Women’s heptathlon – Javelin throw @ 00:00

Men’s pole vault – Qualifications @ 00:20

The gold and bronze medallist from London 2012, Renaud Lavillenie and Raphael Holzdeppe, are both competing again and Lavillenie still stands above the rest. He has the best jump this year and he stands alone. Sam Kendricks of the USA is possibly his biggest competition at the moment.

Men’s 400m – Semi-final’s 1-3 @ 00:30 – 00:40

Kirani James, Machel Cedenio, Ali Khamis, Bralon Taplin and Rusheen McDonald had the best runs in Round 1 so they are well worth watching out for to storm into the final.

Men’s long jump – Final @ 00:50

Going into the final, Team USA’s Jeff Henderson and China’s Wang Jianan are ahead of the pack, as the only ones to jump 8.2 or more. Greg Rutherford, London 2012 gold medallist, reached with a jump of 7.9m so he has some work to do to defend his medal.

Women’s 100m – Semi-final’s 1-3 @ 01:00 – 01:10

As expected, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce remains the one to beat as the only runner to run under 11 seconds. Michelle-Lee Ahye, Marie-Josee Ta Lou, Desiree Henry and English Gardner are her closest rivals. They should all make the final.

Men’s 10,000m – Final @ 01:25

The 10000m event sees the return of 2 London 2012 medallists, the silver and gold medallists Galen Rupp and Mo Farah, but they aren’t a lock top repeat their success. Ethiopian’s Yigrem Demelash and Tamirat Tola do pose a threat.

Men’s 800m – Semi-final’s 1-3 @ 02:05 – 02:19

As expected, David Rudisha remains the one to beat and he’ll likely find his way to the final. Ayanleh Souleiman, Reinhardt van Rensburg, Amel Tuka, Adam Kszczot, Boris Berian, Michael Rimmer and Brandon McBride will all be looking to find their way to the final.

Women’s 100m – Final @ 02:35

Women’s heptathlon – 800m (Medal) @ 02:53

As we’ve already addressed, the heptathlon is very close but that just means this event should be a nail biter. Can Jessica Ennis retain her title?


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.

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