LONDON (Sporting Alert) — The men’s 100 metres dash is expected to be the highlight of Sunday’s third day of track and field action at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The event is flooded with star-studded sprinters, who have all showed signs of being gold medal contenders after the heats on Saturday.
There is no doubt that the world is excitingly waiting for Sunday’s gold medal race, but eight men must first book the right to be in the lanes.
With that being said, the three semi-finals, which sees several of the top sprinters being separated are poised for some interesting moments as the hunt to be the world’s fastest man moves closer.
Of the three semi-finals, the third one offers to be the most exciting, with legitimate gold medal favorites, Yohan Blake, the world-leader this season and American record holder Tyson Gay both drawn together.
Both sprinters looked extremely comfortable in their heats, but are certainly expected to step things up a notch in the semis.
USA’s Ryan Bailey, who was by far the quickest of the heats on Saturday with 9.88secs, will take on the defending champion and world record holder Usain Bolt in semis two, and that heat also includes Briton’s Dwain Chambers, defending silver medallist Richard Thompson (TnT) and Antigua’s Daniel Bailey.
Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell will start overwhelming favorites to advance to the final from semi-final one.
Also on for Sunday is the final of the women’s 400m with American world champion Sanya Richards-Ross the main contender for gold, but she will have to watch out for the likes of Novlene Williams-Mills, Antonina Krivoshapka, Amantle Montsho and Christine Ohuruogu.
The women’s 400 metres hurdles heats will be on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the women’s marathon saw Ethiopian Tiki Gelana running an Olympic record of 2:23:07 to win the gold – beating Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo, who ran 2:23:12 and Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova of Russia who did a personal best of 2:23:29 for the bronze.