Preview: Fraser-Pryce eyes sprint double
Written by News Desk _ london2012.com
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:15
There are 16 gold medals up for grabs in all, with the crowds in for a real treat right across the Olympic Games venues.
A packed-out Olympic Stadium will be the focus for most of the attention as in Athletics Fraser-Pryce will look to follow up her 100m success on Saturday night with another victory in the women's 200m.
She is likely to face stiff competition, with USA's Carmelita Jeter and 400m gold medallist Sanya Richards-Ross also contenders along with defending champion Veronica Campbell-Brown.
Allyson Felix, however, is the favourite to finally win gold after securing silver in the last two Olympic Games.
The USA will be hoping to add another gold to their tally when Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson race in the final of the 110m Hurdles.
Cuban Dayron Robles is also a medal contender in that race, but China’s Liu Xiang is a notable absentee after he suffered a recurrence of an Achilles injury and fell at the first hurdle in his heat, four years after suffering injury heartbreak at Beijing 2008 in his home Olympics.
The finals of the women’s 400m Hurdles and the women’s Long Jump also feature in another spectacular evening of competition at the Olympic Stadium.
There has also been an electric atmosphere at Horse Guards Parade throughout the Games and another capacity crowd will create plenty of noise once again for the women’s Beach Volleyball final and the bronze-medal match.
USA duo Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh will be bidding to continue their dominance of the event by winning a third consecutive gold medal.
At Eton Dorney, medals will be up for grabs in the men's Canoe Single (C1) 1000m, the men’s Kayak Single (K1) 1000m and the men’s Kayak Double (K2) 1000m.
There will also be the women’s Kayak Four (K4) 500m final, with Germany favourites to win gold in that event.
Crowds at Greenwich Park will witness the final rounds of the Individual Jumping, with Great Britain’s 54-year-old rider Nick Skelton bidding to win another gold medal.
In the Sailing, Weymouth and Portland will host another medal race in the men’s 49er and there will also be the quarter-finals of the women's Elliott 6m Match Racing, as well as race nine and 10 of the women's 470.
China face the Republic of Korea in the final of the men’s Team Table Tennis competition at ExCeL and at the same venue the women’s 48kg and women’s 63kg Freestyle Wrestling events will also draw to a conclusion.
The first Taekwondo contests of the Games will also take place at ExCeL, with medals contested in the men’s Under 58kg category and the women’s Under 49kg divisions.
And there will also be the first BMX Cycling action, with Shanaze Reade hoping home support inspires her after she crashed out in the final at Beijing 2008.