Olympic Prospectus       2012      JA Hingston
The Olympics is built around stories - from the favourite chasing a new record, tothe plucky underdog surpassing all expec...
3                               Contents    Top 100 Team GB Medal Contenders     4             Day-by-Day Viewing Guide   ...
4                           Top 100 Team GB medal contendersRank Sport              Name - Event                          ...
5                                                 Day-by-Day Guide        Friday 27th July Opening Ceremony - 9pm onwards ...
6                                                Day-by-Day GuideThursday 2nd August Canoe/Kayak Slalom - Mens C2 and Wome...
7                                               Day-by-Day Guide  Tuesday 7th August Triathlon - Mens - 11.30am to 1.45pm ...
8                                                          Archery    Sometimes its hard to know why a sport catches on so...
9                                                            Archery    Mens Team                                 2008 Oly...
10                                                          Archery     Womens Team                                2008 Ol...
11                                                  Mens AthleticsThink Athletics, think Olympics, think Jamaica, think Pu...
12                                                Mens Athletics     Mens 100m                      World Record:      9.5...
13                                             Mens Athletics     Mens 110m Hurdles                     World Record: 12.8...
14                                                  Mens Athletics     Mens 4x100m relay                                  ...
15                                                  Mens Athletics     Mens 4x400m relay                                  ...
16                                                Mens Athletics     Mens 800m                      World Record: 1:41.01 ...
17                                              Mens Athletics     Mens 5000m                     World Record: 12:37.35  ...
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  1. 1. Olympic Prospectus 2012 JA Hingston
  2. 2. The Olympics is built around stories - from the favourite chasing a new record, tothe plucky underdog surpassing all expectation. Broadcasters do a fantastic jobkeeping you up to date as they unfold but, for me, there is no substitute for beingable to spot and follow a story yourself. As interactive coverage expands, andespecially if you are watching a sport live, too often at the Olympics you are leftfeeling bewildered by the unfamiliar characters in front of you, in a sport you don’tsee outside two weeks every four years.This prospectus seeks to plug some of these gaps. For every event at theOlympics - 302 in total - I have set out, in the simplest way possible, a brief form-guide: a summary of whats going on in the sport together with tables setting outthe world rankings and results from recent Olympic Games and WorldChampionships. For everything that has been included there is inevitably farmore left out, but I am hoping this will provide an idea of who is expected to dowell and a snapshot of the stories behind each event.This prospectus is not designed to be read from start to finish, but rather to bedipped into to obtain that vital bit of extra information before the action unfolds.Whether printed out and taken to a session or looked at on-screen in front of theTV, I hope it will prove useful. At the front end, I have also included my top 100British medal hopes at these Olympics and my pick of three must-see eventseach day.I encourage anybody who finds use in what I have put together to distribute thisto others who may similarly benefit. It has been put together in my spare-time,not for profit or gain, but for my own interest and the enjoyment of others aroundme.All opinions and mistakes and mistaken opinions herein are my own. For everysportsman and woman there, the London Games will represent a pinnacle in theirsporting career and the culmination of years of dedication and hard work. I havethe utmost respect for every one of them - success is only ever relative. J A Hingston jahingston@gmail.com 10th July 2012
  3. 3. 3 Contents Top 100 Team GB Medal Contenders 4 Day-by-Day Viewing Guide 5-7 Archery 8-10 Mens Athletics 11-21 Womens Athletics 22-32 Badminton 33-37 Basketball 38-40 Beach Volleyball 41-42 Bocing 43-54 Canoe/Kayak Slalom 55-56 Canoe/Kayak Sprint 57-62 Cycling - BMX 63-64 Cycling - Mountain Bike 65-66 Cycling - Road 67-69 Cycling - Track 70-77 Diving 78-82 Equestrian 83-87 Fencing 88-91 Football 92-94 Gymnastics - Artistic 95-100 Gymnastics - Rhythmic 101 Gymnastics - Trampolining 102 Handball 103-104 Hockey 106-106 Judo 107-114 Moder Pentathlon 115-116 Rowing 117-127 Sailing 128-131 Shooting 132-136 Mens Swimming 137-145 Womens Swimming 146-154 Synchronised Swimming 155 Table Tennis 156-157 Taekwondo 158-162 Tennis 163-166 Triathlon 167-168 Volleyball 169-170 Water Polo 171-172 Weightlifting 173-178 Wrestling 179-183 Olympic Prospectus 2012 3
  4. 4. 4 Top 100 Team GB medal contendersRank Sport Name - Event Rank Sport Name - Event 1 Rowing Womens Coxless Pair 51 Swimming Fran Halsall - 50m Free 2 Cycling - Track Womens Team Pursuit 52 Sailing Alison Young - Laser Radial 3 Rowing Womens Double Sculls 53 Modern Pentathlon Mhairi Spence 4 Triathlon Alistair Brownlee 54 Boxing Fred Evans - Welterweight 5 Swimming Becky Adlington - 800m Free 55 Canoe Slalom Florence & Hounslow - C-2 6 Sailing Ben Ainslee - Finn 56 Athletics Robbie Grabarz - High Jump 7 Athletics Jessica Ennis - Heptathlon 57 Shooting Peter Wilson - Double Trap 8 Cycling - Track Mens Team Pursuit 58 Tennis Andy Murray - Singles 9 Equestrian Team 3-day 59 Cycling - Road Bradley Wiggins - Time Trial 10 Cycling - BMX Shanaze Reade - BMX 60 Swimming Liam Tancock -100m Back 11 Athletics Mo Farah - 5,000m 61 Swimming Hannah Miley - 400m IM 12 Rowing Mens Coxless Four 62 Sprint Kayak Tim Brabants - K-1 1000m 13 Boxing Savannah Marshall - Middleweight 63 Cycling - Road Lizzie Armistead - Road Race 14 Cycling - Road Mark Cavendish - Road Race 64 Swimming Fran Halsall - 100m Free 15 Sprint Kayak Ed McKeever - K-1 200m 65 Sailing Bryony Shaw - RS:X 16 Boxing Anthony Joshua - Super Heavyweight 66 Diving Tom Daley - 10m Platform 17 Swimming Keri-Anne Payne - 10km 67 Athletics Lawrence Okoye - Discus 18 Cycling - Track Laura Trott - Omnium 68 Swimming Womens 4x100m Medley 19 Sailing Womens 470 69 Cycling - Track Mens Team Sprint 20 Rowing Mens Lgtwgt Four 70 Swimming Ellen Gandy - 100m Fly 21 Cycling - Track Chris Hoy - Keirin 71 Hockey Mens Team 22 Boxing Nicola Adams - Flyweight 72 Boxing Anthony Ogogo - Middleweight 23 Athletics Phillips Idowu - Triple Jump 73 Sailing Paul Goodison - Laser 24 Athletics Mo Farah - 10,000m 74 Athletics Tiffany Porter - 100h 25 Swimming Becky Adlington - 400m Free 75 Equestrian Mary King - 3-day 26 Cycling - Road Emma Pooley - Time Trial 76 Football Womens Team 27 Rowing Mens Lwt Double Sculls 77 Taekwondo Martin Stamper -68kg 28 Boxing Tom Stalker - Lgt Welterweight 78 Gymnastics Mens Team All Around 29 Triathlon Helen Jenkins 79 Boxing Josh Taylor - Lightweight 30 Athletics Greg Rutherford - Long Jump 80 Swimming Lizzie Simmonds - 200m back 31 Sailing Womens Elliot 6m 81 Football Mens Team 32 Triathlon Jonathon Brownlee 82 Sailing Mens 470 33 Hockey Womens Team 83 Gymnastics Dan Purvis - Mens All-Around 34 Cycling - Track Jason Kenny/Chris Hoy - sprint 84 Rowing Alan Campbell - Single Sculls 35 Boxing Luke Campbell - Bantamweight 85 Athletics Shara Proctor - Long Jump 36 Sailing Nick Dempsey - RS:X 86 Archery Womens Team 37 Rowing Mens Eight 87 Taekwondo Jade Jones -57kg 38 Cycling - Track Womens Team Sprint 88 Diving Daley & Waterfield - 10m Syncro 39 Taekwondo Sarah Stevenson -67kg 89 Badminton Adcock & Bankier - Mixed Doubles 40 Equestrian William Fox-Pitt - 3-day 90 Athletics Womens 4x400m 41 Boxing Natasha Jonas - Lightweight 91 Trampolining Bryony Page 42 Athletics Dai Green - 400m hurdles 92 Gymnastics Beth Tweddle - Asymmetric Bars 43 Cycling - Track Ed Clancy - Omnium 93 Athletics Hannah England - 1500m 44 Gymnastics Louis Smith - Pommel Horse 94 Cycling - Road Nicole Cooke - Road Race 45 Swimming Ellen Gandy - 200m Fly 95 Taekwondo Lutalo Muhammed -80kg 46 Sailing Mens Star 96 Athletics Christine Ohoruogu - 400m 47 Cycling - Track Victoria Pendleton - Sprint 97 Tennis Andy Murray & Jamie Murray 48 Equestrian Team Dressage 98 Modern Pentathlon Sam Murray 49 Boxing Andrew Selby - Flyweight 99 Judo Euan Barton - 81kg 50 Sprint Kayak Scofield & Heath - K-2 200m 100 Equestrian Laura Bechtolsheimer - Dressage Team GB prediction: 23 golds, 23 silver, 23 bronze Key: Absolute dead certainty - would take a serious calamity to stop them claiming gold Gold medal favourite - but in an unpredictable sport, or with opposition snapping at their heels Probably 50/50 for gold - anything less than a medal would be a disappointment Gold is a possability - but must treat any medal as a real success Outside the favourites - should still go into the Games intent on challenging for a medal Olympic Prospectus 2012 4
  5. 5. 5 Day-by-Day Guide Friday 27th July Opening Ceremony - 9pm onwards The highlight of any Olympics for any non-sports fan. Early signs were that the organisers were so intimidated by the Beijing opening ceremony that they were going to bottle it and stage something deliberately understated on the cheap. Fortunately they drafted in film director Danny Boyle who has persuaded LOCOG otherwise. The budget was doubled and a five act extravaganza entitled the ‘Isles of Wonder’ will, hopefully, kick the Olympics off with a bang. Saturday 28th July Cycling - Mens Road Race - 10am to 4pm The Manx Missile, Mark Cavendish, will be looking to kick off the home nation medal tally on the first day. The 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year will have his work cut out staying in the peloton as the race flies over Box Hill 9 times. If he’s still in contention near the finish on the Mall, then they can start engraving the gold medal. Fencing - Womens Individual Foil - 6pm to 8pm Ever heard of Valentina Vezzali? No? You’re probably not alone but she is Italy’s answer to Steve Redgrave and Ben Ainslee. If she can retain the individual foil title she will become only the fourth athlete and first woman ever to win four consecutive gold medals in an individual event. Swimming - inc. Mens 400m IM - 7.30pm to 9.20pm The first of two showdowns between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Both are chasing multiple medals at these Olympics and this will be the big first decider en-route to the title of greatest swimmer in the world. Hannah Miley goes in the women’s 400IM and is expected to start GB’s medal count in the Aquatics Centre. Sunday 29th July Basketball - USA vs France - 2.30pm to 4.15pm A huge early test for an injury-ravaged USA team. France will post an all-NBA starting line-up and if they can rattle the Americans they will set the tone for what promises to be a fascinating Olympic tournament. Archery - Womens Team - 3pm to 6.30pm Archery is a surprisingly riveting sport to watch. Tension always runs high and the British archers will be hoping not to buckle on the hallowed turf at Lord’s cricket ground. Swimming - inc. Womens 400m Free - 7.30pm to 9.30pm Rebecca Adlington mounts her defence of the 400 and 800m double, form suggests it is just outside her reach so this will be a really big test of how much the home-crowd atmosphere can help. This session should also see Michael Phelps lose his second final in a row as the mens 4x100m free reaches its climax. This event has produced some of the most memorable moments of the past 3 Olympics and this year shouldnt disappoint with the Australians, French and Americans all talking up their chances. Monday 30th July Equestrian - 3-Day Eventing X-Country - 11.30am to 4.30pm Attention turns to Greenwich Park as the cross-country phase of the 3-day eventing takes place. GB have put together a very impressive looking team including the almost unbeatable William Fox-Pitt and the Queens grand-daughter Zara Phillips. Diving - Mens 10m Synchronised - 3pm to 4pm Tom Daley has struggled since a growth spurt added six inches to his height two years ago. His form seems to be returning and this is his first opportunity to try to take a gold medal away from the Chinese. Gymnastics - Mens Team - 4.30pm to 7pm GB has, over the past five years, transformed itself into a powerhouse in mens gymnastics. The reigning European champions will have their work cut out against a Japanese team featuring triple world champion Kohei Uchimura, but stand a great chance of snatching a first ever medal in the event. Tuesday 31st July Gymnastics - Womens Team - 4.30pm to 6.20pm Always an Olympic highlight, the USA once again go in hot favourites to take gold. In Athens and Beijing they threw it away… surely that cant happen a third time? Swimming - inc. Womens 200m IM - 7.30pm to 9pm Australias darling, Stephanie Rice, goes in the 200m individual medley in an evening that will also see Phelps chase a third gold in the 200m butterfly and 17 year-old sensation Missy Franklin swim in the 200m freestyle Volleyball - Mens GB vs Australia - 8pm to 9.30pm Great Britian may never again be represented in an Olympic volleyball tournament, so what better way to celebrate their cameo than with one of the greatest rivalries in sport. GB might even win it.Wednesday 1st August Rowing - inc. Womens Coxless Pair - 9.30am to 12.40pm My number one ranked British gold medal prospect competes in the first day of the rowing finals at Eton-Dorney lake. The womens coxless pair have dominated competition this year and should, barring illness or injury, take home Britains first ever womens rowing gold medal. Also look out for the wide open mens coxed eight. Cycling - Mens and Womens Road Time Trial - 12.30pm to 4pm Starting and finishing at Hampton Court Palace, the time trials should provide top racing. If Bradley Wiggins has any legs left after the Tour de France he will be in the mix for the mens gold; and the bronze medallist four years ago, Emma Pooley, will be targeting gold in the womens. Football - Mens GB vs Uruguay - 7.45pm to 9.40pm Stuart Pearces Great Britain side will face their first real test of the Games. Against a tough Uruguan side, GB will need to pull out a stong performance, even without David Beckham the talent on the team is such that anything less than a semi-final will be a disappointment. Olympic Prospectus 2012 5
  6. 6. 6 Day-by-Day GuideThursday 2nd August Canoe/Kayak Slalom - Mens C2 and Womens K1 - 1.30pm to 4.30pm Always an exciting competition to watch, the mens C2 (two men in a canoe with a single bladed paddle each) boasts the best chance for GB to make good the considerable advantage of having trained on the Olympic course for the past two year. Gymnastics - Womens All-Around - 4.30pm to 6.15pm An old fashioned USA vs Russia battle in the womens gymnastics. Jordan Weiber, the classic all-American sweetheart, and Viktoria Komova, a waif-like daughter of two Soviet-era international gymnasts. It should be a good one. Swimming - inc. Mens 200m IM - 7.30pm to 9pm The second showdown between Phelps and Lochte beckons in the 200m individual medley. We should by now know who has the upper hand but there is little to call between the form of the two in this event. This session also brings Ellen Gandy and Jemma Lowe going in the 200m butterfly, Fran Halsall in the 100m freestyle and Lochte again in the 200m backstroke. Friday 3rd August Rowing - inc. Womens Double Scull - 9.30am to 12.40pm The GB medals should start to flow over the next few days. The womens double scull, mens coxless four and mens lightweight double scull all boast British favourites, though the mens boats will need to improve on their form earlier this year. Athletics - inc. Heptathlon - 10am to 1.40pm and 7pm to 10pm The athletics finally gets under way with the heptathlon featuring on the first day. Jessica Ennis has an awful lot of pressure, and an awful lot of sponsors money riding on her being successful. Going in with a new British record earlier this year, and as the British champion in 100m hurdles and high jump, it is hopeful shell have the form to become one of the stars of the Games. Swimming - inc. Womens 800m Freestyle - 7.30pm to 8.30pm Rebecca Adllington goes again: shes the fastest women in the world this year but will have to fight hard to retain her Olympic title, her strongest challenge coming from 15 year-old American Katie Ledecky. Phelps goes again in the 100m fly, a medal here may be enough for him to equal the only record left - the most medals in an individual event, currently held by gymnast Larissa Latynina.Saturday 4th August Cycling - inc. Womens Team Pursuit - 4pm to 6.40pm In the first evening session at the velodrome, we start with the British womens pursuit squad who have set a world record in their past two outings. The omnium also makes its debut; watch out for the fantastic devil-takes-the- hindmost where Ed Clancy will ride about in an almost permanent state of panic. Athletics - inc. Heptathlon & Mens 10,000m - 7pm to 10pm As the middle weekend continues we see the two British superstars of athletics shoot for gold. Jessica Ennis will have to fight to make up or keep her position, and Mo Farah runs in the 10,000m. Both are narrow favourites but were beaten into second at last years World Champonships. Swimming - inc. Mens 4x100m Medley - 7.30pm to 8.30pm The final evening of swimming in the Aquatics Centre bring the two traditional curtain closers, the medley relays. The British women will be targeting a medal and we will see the final episode in Phelps Olympic saga as he takes his bow with a near certain gold in the medley relay. GB has two more medal shots with our womens medley team and Fran Halsall in the spash-and-dash 50m free. Sunday 5th August Sailing - inc. Mens Finn - 12pm to 5.50pm In sailing everybody starts with the same equipment and the same wind. For most people this means that luck pays a big part in deciding who wins the medals. Ben Ainslee, on the other hand, has picked up a silver and then three golds in successive Olympics. Hes still unparallelled and hopefully come the medal race hell still be in contention for gold. Cycling - inc. Mens Sprint - 4pm to 7pm Big thighs galore inside the velodrome as the mens speed merchants go head-to-head. With only one rider per country, either four times Olympic champion Chris Hoy or 2011 World Champion Jason Kenny will have to sit and watch from the sidelines as their compatriot take on the might of Frenchman Gregory Bauge. Ahtletics - inc. Mens 100m - 7pm to 10pm Bolt vs. Blake anyone? Throw in Gay, Gatlin and Powell and weve got a race. Monday 6th August Cycling - inc. Womens Sprint - 4pm to 7pm Its the turn of the women and Victoria Pendleton will go up against her Australian adversary Anna Mears. It was Pendleton who came out on top in the World Championships earlier this year but this could go either way. Football - Womens Semifinals - 5pm & 7.30pm If the British women have got this far theyll be coming up against the best in the world. A rare opportunity for the women to show their skills and build some excitement about womens football. Athletics - inc. Mens 400m Hurdles - 7pm to 9.40pm Dai Green shouldnt have been fast enough to win the World Championships 400m hurdles last year. He was. This year he doesnt look fast enough either… Olympic Prospectus 2012 6
  7. 7. 7 Day-by-Day Guide Tuesday 7th August Triathlon - Mens - 11.30am to 1.45pm As much credit as Alistair Brownlee gets, he deserves more; hes completely dominated world triathlon for the past few years. Earlier this year he tore his achilles and for a while it looked as though his Olympics were in doubt but, in his comeback race in June, he was a man posessed and tore the field to pieces. He should do the same in Hyde Park. Sailing - inc. Mens & Womens RS:X - 12pm to 5.50pm The sailing finals continue down in Weymouth. Today is the last chance to see windsurfing at the Olympics as it makes way for kite surfing in Rio. GBs Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw should be in the hunt for medals. Cycling - inc. Mens Keirin - 4pm to 6.25pm Three minutes of watching six men roll around behind a motorbike and then a minute of holding your breath as they sprint full out within touching distance of each other. Sir Chris Hoy is reigning world and Olympic champion but the final should be wide open. Laura Trott will also be hoping to take gold in the omnium.Wednesday 8th August Athletics - inc. Mens 110m Hurdles - 6pm to 10pm Pick of the days events is the mens 110m hurdles final as a returning Liu Zhang will once again have the hopes of a billion people behind him - fortunately hes injury free this time, and back in the form that saw him win gold eight years ago. Beach Volleyball - Womens Final - 7pm to 10pm Horse Guards Parade, bikinis, cheerleaders, oh, and some sport. Whats not to like. Hockey - Womens Semi-Finals & Basketball - Mens quarter-finals As the knock-out phases of the team sports get under way the womens hockey team will hope to live up to their excellent form earlier this year. If the GB men have made it as far as the basketball quarter finals they will probably be reaching the end of the line. Thursday 9th August Swimming -Womens Open Water 10k - 12pm to 2.30pm Kerri-Anne Payne will hit the waters of the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park in the open water swimming. Two hours in which the swimmers are almost unidentifiable may not seem like the best form of entertainment but, if world champion Kerri-Anne can match her previous performances, then a gold medal should be just rewards. Boxing - Womens Middle- and Lightweight Finals - 1.30pm to 3pm British female boxers are the best in the world, pefect timing for the debut of womens boxing at the Olympics. This session sees Natasha Jonas and world champion Savannah Marshall go for gold. Athletics - inc. Mens 200m Final - 6.30pm to 10.10pm Bolt vs. Blake round 2 as they face up over the 200m. Blake ran the second fastest 200m in history last season and Bolt will have to be on fire to live up to expectations. Add in Phillips Idowu in the triple jump and David Rudisha in the 800m and we have my pick for the best night of athletics at the Games. Friday 10th August Cycling - BMX Mens and Womens Finals - 3pm to 5pm Super cool, super fast, super big falls, and a British favourite. BMX was a welcome and fun addition to the Olympic schedule in 2008. Favourite there was Britians Shanaze Reade until a bad corner in the final saw her take a lunge and a fall. She looked imperious at the test event on the Olympic course last summer and will be hoping to round off a successful two weeks for the British cycling squad. Hockey - Womens Final - 8pm to 10pm This match should feature two out of Australia, Argentina and Great Britian. All have contrasting styles and bring the best out in each other. Victory may come down to who has the legs left after two weeks of hard competition. Taekwondo - Womens -67kg - 8pm to 10.10pm Sarah Stevenson won bronze four years ago having gone through the turmoil of having a head-shot missed causing her to lose the bout, and then the descision overturned just five minutes before her semi-final. Last year she won World Championship gold just a couple of months after her father passed away, and then had to deal with the death of her mother later that summer. Saturday 11th August Football - Mens Final - 3pm to 4.45pm For the first time in 52 years, GB is putting up a united team - of English and Welshmen. My guess is that well discover our Olympic experience is just like any other major tournament; cynicism right up to the point we all start to believe we might win it... and then crushing defeat at the hands of a superior nation. At what stage it will happen in the Olympics Im not sure but Spain and Brazil come bristling with talent. Athletics - inc. Mens 5,000m - 7pm to 9.20pm Depending on the result of the 10,000m Mo Farah will either have the chance to redeem himself or to join the ranks of elite long-distance runners who have won the 5k & 10k double at an Olympics. Add in the ever popular relays and the atmosphere will be electric. Diving - Mens 10m - 8.30pm to 9.45pm Ten days after he went in the synchro Tom Daley is back to take the battle to the Chinese. Anything less than a bronze will be a failure, but theres a Chinese wall between him and gold. Sunday 12th August Boxing - Mens Finals - 1.30pm to 3.45pm As the boxing competition draws to close, British expectations will be at fever pitch. The pressure is on for the young talented British squad, but a noisy home-crowd may help sway the judges in their favour. Modern Pentathlon - Womens - 2.35pm to 6.20pm The last medal to be won before the closing ceremony will be in the strangest of Olympic sports, the modern pentathlon. With running and shooting newly combined into a single race the final will be tense and unpredictable. Team GB includes the current world gold and bronze medallists, so chances are good for a final flourish. Basketball - Mens Final - 3pm to 5pm Four years ago USA dominated their opposition right up until the Olympic final, where a resurgent Spain took them down to the wire. For the second most popular sport in the world, this final will be a fitting climax to what has, hopefully, been a fantastic Olympic Games. Olympic Prospectus 2012 7
  8. 8. 8 Archery Sometimes its hard to know why a sport catches on somewhere. South Korea has, for no obvious historical or cultural reason, taken Archery on as a national pastime. For the past twenty years the only question before any major Archery championships has been "Will any of the gold medals not be won by South Korea?" An impressive tally of 34/44 World Championship and 12/20 Olympic gold medals have gone their way since 1990, but there is some reason to suspect that the Koreans will not have it all their own way this summer. Although the men still seem dominant (despite the best efforts of reigning Olympic Champion Victor Ruban (UKR) and the American Brady Ellison), their women have slipped from previous superiority. With no Korean women getting through to the individual semi-finals in either last years World Championships or World Cup Final, they can at best be said to be on an even keel with archers from countries such as India, China and Italy as well as individuals such as reigning World Champion Denisse van Lamoen from Chile. Anyone who sees themselves drawn against the Koreans will still feel a pang of dread, particularly if that Korean is the world record holder and legally-blind Im Dong-Hyun (who likes to shoot without corrective eyewear despite having 20/200 vision); but under the pressure of the crowd at Lords, and with only 15 arrows per match, the medals are firmly up for grabs by anyone who has the bottle to take them. Archery has long been one of Britains nearly sports; a bronze for Simon Terry and the mens team in Barcelona, a bronze for Allison Williamson in Athens, and a bronze for the womens team in the 2007 World Championships. With a relatively small worldwide participation base, it was hoped that an input of funding in the run up to 2012 would see the team progress to a level where they could challenge for gold medals. Focusing on veteran archers with Olympic experience, Terry, Larry Godfrey, Alan Wills, and Williamson, Naomi Folkard and Amy Oliver were seen as a talented team with real medal potential. Sadly, since 2007 Britains archers have repeatedly failed to deliver any medals in major championships. Most disappointingly, a full strength squad picked up only 2 silvers at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Despite this, UK Sport have significantly increased their funding in the run up to the Olympic Games, which may well pay off. The womens team are probably our best chance, but if any of the archers can channel the home crowd into points rather than nerves then it wont be a surprise to see a British tracksuit climbing onto the podium. Mens Individual 2008 Olympics 2009 World Championships 1 Victor Ruban UKR 1 Lee Chang-Hwan KOR 2 Park Kyung-Mo KOR 2 Im Dong-Hyun KOR 3 Bair Badenov RUS 3 Victor Ruban UKR 4 Juan Rene Serrano MEX 4 Oh Jin Hyek KOR 5= Juan Carlos Stevens CUB 5= Mangal Singh Champia IND 5= Ryuichi Moriya JAP 5= Romaine Girouille FRA 5= Victor Wunderle USA 5= Dmytro Hrachov UKR 5= Chu Sian Cheng MAS 5= Wenyuan Chen CHN 2011 World Championships World Ranking Points 1 Kim Woo-Jin KOR 1 Brady Ellison USA 313 2 Oh Jin Hyek KOR 2 Im Dong-Hyjn KOR 261 3 Brady Ellison USA 3 Kim Woojin KOR 246 4 Im Dong-Hyun KOR 4 Dmytro Hrachov UKR 234 5= Jason Lyon CAN 5 Khairul Anuar Mohamad MAS 206 5= Jeff Henckels LUX 6 Oh Jin-Hyek KOR 192 5= Baard Nesteng NOR 7 Joe Fanchin USA 187 5= Laurence Godfrey GBR 8 Markiyan Ivashko UKR 181 9 Laurence Godfrey GBR 179 2011 World Cup Final 10 Gael Prevost FRA 171 1 Brady Ellison USA 11 Romain Girouille FRA 146 2 Dai Xiaoxiang CHN 12 Pedro Vivas Alcaca MEX 138 3 Dmytro Hrachov UKR 13 Cheng Chu Sian MAS 136 4 Gael Prevost FRA 14 Luis Alvarez MEX 133 5= Joe Fanchin USA 15 Jayanta Talukdar IND 131 5= Pedro Vivas Alcala MEX 16 Elias Malave VEN 131 5= Oh Jin Hyek KOR 17 Tarundeep Rai IND 128 5= Yaglz Yilmaz TUR 18 M. V. Teymoorlooei IRI 127 19 Xing Yu CHN 127 20 Viktor Ruban UKR 126 Olympic Prospectus 2012 8
  9. 9. 9 Archery Mens Team 2008 Olympics 1 South Korea Im D-H, Lee C-H, Park K-M 2 Italy Di Buo I, Galiazzo M, Nespoli M 3 China Jiang L, Li W, Xue H F 4 Ukraine Ivashko M, Ruban V, Serdyuk O 5= Poland Dobrowolski R, Piatek P, Proc J 5= Malaysia Cheng C S, Khalmizam W, Marbawi M 5= Taiwan Chen S Y, Kuo C W, Wang C P 5= Russia Abramov A, Badenov B, Tsyrempilov B World Ranking Points 1 United States 428 2009 World Championships 2 France 360 1 South Korea Im D-H, Lee C-H, Oh J H 3 South Korea 346 2 France Aubert T, Girouille R, Valladont J-C 4 India 326 3 Japan Kikuchi H, Yamamoto H, Yoshinaga H 5 Great Britain 299 4 China Chen W, Xing Y, Xue H F 6 China 298 5= United States Ellison B, Johnson R, Wunderle V 7 Ukraine 277 5= Taiwan Kuo C W, Sung C C, Wang C P 8 Italy 275 5= India Banerjee R, Champia M S, Talukdar J 9 Japan 259 5= Russia Badenov B, Borodin A, Tsyrempilov B 10 Taiwan 248 11 Malaysia 241 2011 World Championships 14 Mexico 201 1 South Korea Im D-H, Kim W-J, Oh J-H 2 France Girouille R, Valladont J-C, Prevost G 3 Italy Frangilli M, Nespoli M, Galiazzo M 4 Mexico Serrano, Vivas Alcala, Velez Sanchez 5= Ukraine Ruban V, Hrachov D, Ivashko M 5= Great Britain Terry S, Wills, A, Godfrey L 5= China Chen W, Xing Y, Dai X 5= United States Ellison B, Fanchin J, Wukie J Womens Individual 2008 Olympics 2009 World Championships 1 Zhang Juan Juan CHN 1 Joo Hyun-Jung KOR 2 Park Sung-Hyun KOR 2 Kwak Ye Ji KOR 3 Yun Ok-Hee KOR 3 Natalia Sanchez COL 4 Kwon Un Sil PRK 4 Karina Lipiarska POL 5= Khatuna Lorig USA 5= Elena Kuznetsova BLR 5= Nami Hayakawa JPN 5= Yun Ok-Hee KOR 5= Joo Hyun-Jung KOR 5= Carina Christiansen DEN 5= Mariana Avitia MEX 5= Miki Kanie JPN 2011 World Championships World Ranking Points 1 Denisse Van Lamoen CHI 1 Deepka Kumari IND 254 2 Kristine Esebua GEO 2 Ki Bo Bae KOR 240 3 Fang Yuting CHN 3 Fang Yuting CHN 219 4 Berengere Schuh FRA 4 Jung Dasomi KOR 210 5= Han Gyeong-Hee KOR 5 Alejandra Valencia MEX 199 5= Jung Dasomi KOR 6 Cheng Ming CHN 194 5= Katsiaryna Timofeyeva BLR 7 Berengere Schuh FRA 178 5= Khatuna Narimanidze GEO 8 Miranda Leek USA 172 9 Denisse Van Lamoen CHI 169 2011 World Cup Final 10 Ksenia Perova RUS 158 1 Cheng Ming CHN 11 Han Gyeonghee KOR 154 2 Deepka Kumari IND 12 Inna Stepanova RUS 149 3 Berengere Schuh FRA 13 Naomi Folkard GBR 143 4 Jung Dasomi JPN 14 Jennifer Nichols USA 143 5= Alejandra Valencia MEX 15 Ren Hayakawa JPN 143 5= Inna Stepanova RUS 16 Aida Roman MEX 140 5= Han Gyeong-Hee KOR 17 Kristine Esebue GEO 133 5= Natalia Nasaridze TUR 18 Xu Jing CHN 131 19 Justyna Mospinek POL 129 20 Maja Buskbjerg Jager DEN 121 Olympic Prospectus 2012 9
  10. 10. 10 Archery Womens Team 2008 Olympics 1 South Korea Joo H-J, Park S-H, Jun O-H 2 China Chen L, Guo D, Zhang J J 3 France Arnold V, Dodemont S, Schuh B 4 Great Britain Burgess C, Folkard N, Williamson A 5= Italy Lionetti P C, Tonetta E, Valeeva N 5= Poland Cwienczek M, Marcinkiewicz I, Mospinek J 5= India Banerjee D, Devi L B, Vardhineni P 5= Japan Hayakawa N, Hayashi Y, Kitabatake S World Ranking Points 1 South Korea 415 2009 World Championships 2 India 375 1 South Korea Joo H-J, Kwak Y J, Yun O-H 3 Ukraine 318 2 Japan Kanie M, Matsunaga A, Matsushita S 4 China 310 3 Russia Boroday T, Erdyniyeva N, Segina T 5 Mexico 290 4 Belarus Kuznetsova E, Marusava H, Timofeyeva K 6 Italy 287 5= Italy Lionetti P C, Tonetta E, Valeeva N 7 Russia 285 5= Poland Cwienczek M, Lipiarska K, Mospinek J 8 Taiwan 276 5= Georgia Diasamidze A, Esebua K, Narimanidze K 9 United States 275 5= France Delamare C, Dodemont S, Schuh B 11 Japan 225 15 Denmark 175 2011 World Championships 17 Great Britain 164 1 Italy Tomasi J, Sartori G, Valeeva N 2 India Devi L B, Swuro C, Kumari D 3 South Korea Ki B-B, Han G, Jung D 4 China Zhu S, Fang Y, Xu J 5= Ukraine Koval V, Mylchenko N, Sichenikova L 5= Taiwan Yuan S C, Le C-Y, Lin C-E 5= Russia Erdyniyeva N, Stepanova I, Perova K 5= Denmark Christiansen C R, Jager M B, Laursen L Olympic Prospectus 2012 10
  11. 11. 11 Mens AthleticsThink Athletics, think Olympics, think Jamaica, think Puma - think Usain Bolt. It is hard to recall another example of where oneman’s achievements and charisma has done so much to change the fortunes of a sport. At the start of 2008 athletics was in a veryunhealthy state: years of drug scandals (encompassing three of the past four men’s 100m champions), declining audiences atinternational meets and general media apathy meant there was little enthusiasm for what was about to be seen in the Bird’s NestStadium. Then, at the end of May, an unheralded 21 year old Jamaican ran 9.72 seconds in the 100m at a small meeting in NewYork, becoming the fastest man in history. The media started to pay attention; it turned out this kid was not only fast, but alsoattractive, charismatic and, consensus had it, probably clean. The story of that year’s Olympics was written and Bolt went on to breakhis own world record in the 100m, break Michael Johnson’s ‘unbeatable’ record in the 200m, and take another gold and world recordin the 4x100m - all whilst playing to the crowd, striking a pose and smiling at the cameras. A legend was born and interest in athleticshas rocketed ever since. In the London Olympic stadium the men’s sprints will, as always, be the centre of attention. The prospect in London is not just for a repeat performance from the fastest man in history, but also a real challenge from Bolt’s 22 year old training partner, Yohan Blake. Although hes not made many headlines (yet), Blake took last year’s World Championships in the 100m, albeit after Bolt had been disqualified. He finished 2011 by running 19.26 in the 200m, the second fastest time ever and faster than Bolt ran in Beijing. Blake then spent 2012 quietly training in Jamaica before turning up at the Jamaican Olympic trials and beating Usain Bolt in the 100m and 200m. The timing may be wrong in London but with both sprinters still young, two previously unthinkable barriers beckon - a sub-9.5second 100m and a sub-19 second 200m. It should also not be forgotten that in London we have the second and third fastest men inhistory, Tyson Gay (USA) and Asafa Powell (JAM), and the returning 2004 Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin (USA). They all are capable of running below 9.8 seconds and such a strong line-up should make for one of the greatest Olympic moments of all time.The men’s hurdles are also gearing up to provide top entertainment. The 2004 110m hurdles champion Liu Xiang, who broke hisnation’s heart after pulling out of the 2008 Olympics injured, is right back on form. He has looked electric this season but faces thebest crop of hurdlers in years. Americans Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson have both run below 13 seconds this year and don’tcount out 21 year old European Champion Sergey Shubenkov from Russia or Dayron Robles, the softly spoken Cuban who hasstruggled with injury since the last Olympics but has shown flashes of brilliance suggesting he could return to his Olympic gold andworld record form. The 400m hurdles involves one of GB’s reigning world champions, Dai Green. Form says that Dai will be way offpace, with the likes of Javier Culson (PUR) and Bershawn Jackson (USA) posting times well under Green’s best this year, but thatwas also true at last year’s World Championships. The 400m hurdles punishes anyone running too hard and if Green shows the rightrace-craft then a medal is within his reach. The traditional climax to major athletics championships are the relays. The 4x100m will come down to a shoot out between Jamaicaand USA and, with both countries putting up four sub 9.9 second runners, a world record may well be needed to win it. In the 4x400m USA should have the class to take gold but they have been challenged in recent championships. The Bahamas and Jamaica are in with a shot but you can expect all attention to be on South Africa, who came within half a second of the American’s at last year’s World Championships and where Oscar Pistorius, if selected, is set to become the first amputee runner to race in the Olympics. Great Britain, despite lacking any standout male sprinters, should have the consistency to chase bronze.The men’s middle-distance races look ripe for two fantastic head-to-heads. In the 800m David Rudisha (KEN), who in 2010 brokeWilson Kipketer’s 13 year old world record (Lord Seb Coe is still the third fastest man in history over 800m), will go up against the rawtalent of Sudan’s Abubaker Kaki. In the 1500m the battle is between two Kenyans, Silas Kiplagat and Asbel Kiprop, who havespent the past two years exchanging victories.In the long-distance races all eyes will be on Britain’s Mo Farah. The Somali-born runner from south-west London took a jump-step in his development when he moved to Portland, Oregon and started training under Cuban Alberto Salazar with his friend Galen Rupp (USA). At the World Championships last year he narrowly lost the 10,000m, finishing second, but bounced back with victory in the 5,000m. He will probably be attempting the double again in London. He will start favourite in both races, though he hasn’t run a 10k this year. Mo’s strength is his kick in the last 600m but he will need to get his tactics right; American’s Galen Rupp and Bernhard Lagat both sport ferocious last laps but the big unknown comes from the Ethiopian and Kenyan runners. Foremost amongst these is double world record holder and Olympic champion Keninesa Bekele. Bekele is moving towards the twilight of his career and, as of the start of July, he is out of form and struggling with injuries. But - as we saw last year when he dropped out of the 10,000m final at the World Championships and then set the fastest time of the year two weeks later – he has the potential to spoil Mo Farah’s party.The men’s jumps are going through a weak patch at the moment with nobody close to world record standards. On the bright side, thismeans that Great Britain have medal potential in each discipline. Philips Idowu has been a stalwart of the British team and is aformer eorld and European champion and Olympic medallist; however, hes been thwarted before by competitiors pulling off the jumpof a lifetime and so the triple jump is likely to come down to who can produce that one big jump when it counts. In the long jump GB’sGreg Rutherford has posted the longest jump in the world this year. Unfortunately for him there are ten men who have jumped within10cm and another ten men capable of it. In the high jump it is Robbie Grabarz, this year’s break-through athlete for GB, who will betargeting a medal and should have the goods to be involved at the final shake up. The throws continue to rebuild themselves in a newer cleaner era. Paramount to this is the young German shot putter, David Storl, who turns 22 on the day of the opening ceremony. The former decathlete became the youngest ever shot put world champion lastyear and is helping to bring Germany back to athletics after years of self-recrimination over the abuses conducted by the East German regime. The imposing Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR) will be going for a third successive gold in the javelin, but he has had no form since being upset in last years World Championship final and it is Vitezslav Vesely (CZE) that leads an open and international field. Meanwhile, British throwing may have found a future star in the 65" frame of Lawrence Okoye. Despite only switching from rugby to discus last year, Okoye has set a new British record and is ranked fourth in the world. Although inexperience may count against him, international success is surely on the horizon if he can balance training with the Oxford law degree he starts in October . Olympic Prospectus 2012 11
  12. 12. 12 Mens Athletics Mens 100m World Record: 9.58s Usain Bolt JAM 16 August 2009 Olympic Record: 9.69s Usain Bolt JAM 16 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Usain Bolt JAM 9.69 1 Usain Bolt JAM 9.76 2 Richard Thompson TRI 9.89 2 Asafa Powell JAM 9.78 3 Walter Dix USA 9.91 3 Tyson Gay USA 9.79 4 Churandy Martina AHO 9.93 4 Steve Mullings JAM 9.80 5 Asafa Powell JAM 9.95 5 Yohan Blake JAM 9.82 6 Michael Frater JAM 9.97 6 Mike Rodgers USA 9.85 7 Marc Burns TRI 10.01 7 Richard Thompson TRI 9.85 8 Darvis Patton USA 10.03 8 Michael Frater JAM 9.88 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Yohan Blake JAM 9.92 1 Yohan Blake JAM 9.75 2 Walter Dix USA 10.08 2 Usain Bolt JAM 9.76 3 Kim Collins SKN 10.09 3 Justin Gatlin USA 9.80 4 Christophe Lemaitre FRA 10.19 4 Asafa Powell JAM 9.85 5 Daniel Bailey ANT 10.26 5 Keston Bledman TRI 9.86 6 Jimmy Vicaut FRA 10.27 6 Tyson Gay USA 9.86 7 Nesta Carter JAM 10.95 7 Nickel Ashmeade JAM 9.93 8 Usain Bolt JAM DSQ 8 Ryan Bailey USA 9.93 Mens 200m World Record: 19.19s Usain Bolt JAM 20 August 2009 Olympic Record: 19.30s Usain Bolt JAM 20 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Usain Bolt JAM 19.30 1 Yohan Blake JAM 19.26 2 Shawn Crawford USA 19.96 2 Usain Bolt JAM 19.40 3 Walter Dix USA 19.98 3 Walter Dix USA 19.53 4 Brian Dzingai ZIM 20.22 4 Christophe Lemaitre FRA 19.80 5 Christian Malcolm GBR 20.40 5 Nickel Ashmeade JAM 19.91 6 Kim Collins SKN 20.59 6 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure NOR 19.95 DSQ Churandy Martina AHO 19.82 7 Rakieem Salaam USA 20.05 DSQ Wallace Spearmon USA 19.95 8 Steve Mullings JAM 20.11 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Usain Bolt JAM 19.40 1 Yohan Blake JAM 19.80 2 Walter Dix USA 19.70 2 Usain Bolt JAM 19.83 3 Christophe Lemaitre FRA 19.80 3 Churandy Martina NED 19.94 4 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure NOR 19.95 4 Nickel Ashmeade JAM 19.94 5 Nickel Ashmeade JAM 20.29 5 Wallace Spearmon USA 19.95 6 Bruno de Barros BRA 20.31 6 Warren Weir JAM 19.99 7 Rondell Sorrillo TRI 20.34 7 Walter Dix USA 20.02 8 Alonso Edward PAN DNF 8 Harry Adams USA 20.10 Mens 400m World Record: 43.18s Michael Johnson USA 26 August 1999 Olympic Record: 43.49s Michael Johnson USA 29 July 1996 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 LaShawn Merritt USA 43.75 1 LaShawn Merritt USA 44.35 2 Jeremy Wariner USA 44.74 2 Kirani James GRN 44.36 3 David Neville USA 44.80 3 Rondell Bartholomew GRN 44.65 4 Chris Brown BAH 44.84 4 Tony McQuay USA 44.68 5 Leslie Djhone FRA 45.11 5 Jermaine Gonzales JAM 44.69 6 Martyn Rooney GBR 45.12 6 Kevin Borlee BEL 44.74 7 Renny Quow TRI 45.22 7 Demetrius Pinder BAH 44.78 8 Johan Wissman SWE 45.39 8 Jonathon Borlee BEL 44.78 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Kirani James GRN 44.60 1 LaShawn Merritt USA 44.12 2 LaShawn Merritt USA 44.63 2 Luguelin Santos DOM 44.45 3 Kevin Borlee BEL 44.90 3 Tony McQuay USA 44,49 4 Jermaine Gonzales JAM 44.99 4 Kevin Borlee BEL 44,56 5 Jonathon Borlee BEL 45.07 5 Kirani James GRN 44.72 6 Rondell Bartholomew GRN 45.45 6 Michael Berry USA 44.75 7 Tabaire Henry USV 45.55 7 Demetrius Pinder BAH 44.77 8 Femi Seun Ogunode QAT 45.55 8 Bryshon Nellum USA 44.80 Olympic Prospectus 2012 12
  13. 13. 13 Mens Athletics Mens 110m Hurdles World Record: 12.87s Dayron Robles CUB 12 June 2008 Olympic Record: 12.91s Liu Xiang CHN 27 August 2004 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Dayron Robles CUB 12.93 1 David Oliver USA 12.94 2 David Payne USA 13.17 2 Liu Xiang CHN 13.00 3 David Oliver USA 13.18 3 Dayron Robles CUB 13.00 4 Ladji Doucoure FRA 13.24 4 Jason Richardson USA 13.04 5 Artur Noga POL 13.36 5 Aries Merritt USA 13.12 6 Maurice Wignall JAM 13.46 6 Dwight Thomas JAM 13.15 7 Richard Phillips JAM 13.60 7 Terrence Trammell USA 13.16 8 Jackson Quinonez ESP 13.69 8 Joel Brown USA 13.20 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Jason Richardson USA 13.16 1 Aries Merritt USA 12.93 2 Liu Xiang CHN 13.27 2 Liu Xiang CHN 12.97 3 Andy Turner GBR 13.44 3 Jason Richardson USA 12.98 4 David Oliver USA 13.44 4 Jeff Porter USA 13.08 5 Aries Merritt USA 13.67 5 Orlando Ortega CUB 13.09 6 William Sharman GBR 13.67 6 Sergey Shubenkov RUS 13.09 7 Dwight Thomas JAM DNF 7 David Oliver USA 13.13 8 Dayron Robles CUB DSQ 8 Dexter Faulk USA 13.13 Mens 400m Hurdles World Record: 46.78s Kevin Young USA 06 August 1992 Olympic Record: 46.78s Kevin Young USA 06 August 1992 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Angelo Taylor USA 47.25 1 L.J van Zyl RSA 47.66 2 Kerron Clement USA 47.98 2 Jeshua Anderson USA 47.93 3 Bershawn Jackson USA 48.06 3 Bershawn Jackson USA 47.93 4 Danny McFarlane JAM 48.30 4 Angelo Taylor USA 47.94 5 L.J van Zyl RSA 48.42 5 Cornel Fredericks RSA 47.94 6 Marek Plawgo POL 48.52 6 Dai Greene GBR 48.14 7 Markino Buckley JAM 49.60 7 Javier Culson PUR 48.32 8 Periklis Iakovakis GRE 49.96 8 Michael Tinsley USA 48.45 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Dai Greene GBR 48.26 1 Javier Culson PUR 47.78 2 Javier Culson PUR 48.44 2 Dai Greene GBR 47.84 3 L.J van Zyl RSA 48.80 3 Bershawn Jackson USA 48.20 4 Felix Sanchez DOM 48.87 4 Michael Tinsley USA 48.33 5 Cornel Fredericks RSA 49.12 5 Takayuki Kiskimoto JPN 48.41 6 Bershawn Jackson USA 49.24 6 Felix Sanchez DOM 48.56 7 Angelo Taylor USA 49.31 7 Angelo Taylor USA 48.57 8 Alexsandr Derevyagin RUS 49.32 8 Jehue Gordon TRI 48.78 Olympic Prospectus 2012 13
  14. 14. 14 Mens Athletics Mens 4x100m relay JAM (N Carter, M Frater, World Record: 37.04s 26 August 2010 Y Blake, U Bolt) JAM (N Carter, M Frater, Olympic Record: 37.10s 22 August 2008 U Bolt, A Powell) 2008 Olympics 2011 World Championships Nesta Carter Nesta Carter Michael Frater Michael Frater 1 Jamaica 37.10 1 Jamaica 37.04 Usain Bolt Yohan Blake Asafa Powell Usain Bolt Keston Bledman Teddy Tinmar Trinidad Marc Burns Christophe Lemaitre 2 & 38.06 2 France 38.20 Emmanuel Callender Tobago Yannick Lesourd Richard Thompson Jimmy Vicault Naoki Tsukahara Jason Rogers Saint Shingo Suetsugu Kim Collins 3 Japan 38.15 3 Kitts & 38.49 Shinji Takahara Antoine Adams Nevis Nobuhara Asahara Brijesh Lawrence Vincente Lima Pawel Stempel Sandro Viana Dariusz Kuc 4 Brazil 38.24 4 Poland 38.50 Brunno de Baros Robert Kubaczyk Jose Carlos Kamil Krynski Tobias Unger Simone Collio Till Helmke Emanuele Di Gregorio 5 Germany 38.58 5 Italy 38.96 Alexander Kosenkow Fabio Cerutti Martin Keller Michael Tumi Hank Palmer Keston Bledman Trinidad Anson Henry Marc Burns 6 Canada 38.66 6 & 39.01 Jared Connaughton Aaron Armstrong Tobago Pierre Browne Richard Thompson Maarten Heisen Trell Kimmons Guus Hoogmoed Justin Gatlin United 7 Holland 45.81 7 DNF Patrik van Luijik Darvis Patton States Caimin Douglas Walter Dix Wen Yongyi Christian Malcolm Zhang Peimang Craig Pickering Great 8 China DSQ 8 DNF Lu Bin Marlon Devonish Britain Hu Kai Harry Aikines-Aryeetey Combined 2011/12 Individual Best Times Yohan Blake 9.75 Usain Bolt 9.76 1 Jamaica 39.09 Asafa Powell 9.78 Steve Mullings 9.80 Tyson Gay 9.79 Justin Gatlin United 9.80 2 39.37 Mike Rodgers States 9.85 Ryan Bailey 9.93 Richard Thompson 9.85 Trinidad Keston Bledman 9.86 3 & 39.80 Rondell Sorrillo Tobago 10.03 Marc Burns 10.06 Dwain Chambers 10.01 Adam Gemili Great 10.08 4 40.33 James Dasaolu Britain 10.11 Harry Aikines-Areetey 10.13 Christophe Lemaitre 9.92 Jimmy Vicaut 10.07 5 France 40.40 Martial Mbandjock 10.13 Emmanuel Biron 10.28 Kim Collins 10.00 Saint Antoine Adams 10.10 6 Kitts & 40.46 Brijesh Lawrence 10.12 Nevis Jason Rogers 10.24 Simon Magakwe 10.06 Roscoe Engel South 10.19 7 40.64 Thuso Mpuang Africa 10.16 Hannes Dreyer 10.23 Ryota Yamagata 10.08 Masashi Eriguchi 10.14 8 Japan 40.65 Yusuke Kotani 10.21 Soto Kawatsura 10.22 Olympic Prospectus 2012 14
  15. 15. 15 Mens Athletics Mens 4x400m relay USA (A Valmon, Q Watts, B World Record: 2:54.29 Reynolds, M Johnson) 22 September 1993 USA (L Merritt, A Taylor, D Olympic Record: 2:55.39 Neville, J Wariner) 23 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Championships LaShawn Merritt Greg Nixon Angelo Taylor United Bershawn Jackson United 1 2:55.39 1 2:59.31 David Neville States Angelo Taylor States Jeremy Wariner LaShawn Merritt Andretti Bain Shane Victor Michael Mathieu Ofentse Mogawane South 2 Bahamas 2:58.03 2 2:59.87 Andrae Williams Willem de Beer Africa Chris Brown L.J van Zyl Maksim Dyldin Allodin Fothergill Vladislav Frolov Jermaine Gonzales 3 Russia 2:58.06 3 Jamaica 3:00.10 Anton Kokorin Riker Hylton Denis Alexeev Leford Green Andrew Steele Maksim Dyldin Robert Tobin Great Konstantin Svechkar 4 2:58.81 4 Russia 3:00.22 Michael Bingham Britain Pavel Trenikhin Martyn Rooney Denis Alekseyev Kevin Borlee Jonathon Borlee Jonathon Borlee Antoine Gillet 5 Belgium 2:59.37 5 Belgium 3:00.41 Cedric Van Branteghem Nils Duerinck Arnaud Ghislain Kevin Borlee Sean Wroe Vincent Kiplanget Kosgei John Steffensen Vincent Mumo Kiilu 6 Australia 3:00.02 6 Kenya 3:01.15 Clinton Hill Anderson Mureta Mutgei Joel Milburn Mark Mutai Rafal Wieruszewski Richard Strachan Piotr Klimczak Nigel Levine Great 7 Poland 3:00.32 7 3:01.16 Piotr Kedzia Christopher Clarke Britain Marek Plawgo Martyn Rooney Michael Blackwood Jonas Plass Sanjay Ayre Kamghe Gaba 8 Jamaica 3:01.45 8 Germany 3:01.37 Ricardo Chambers Miguel Rigau Lanceford Spence Thomas Schneider Combined 2011/12 Individual Best Times LaShawn Merritt 44.12 Tony McQuay United 44.49 1 2:58.16 Michael Berry States 44.75 Bryshon Nellum 44.80 Demetrius Pinder 44.77 Chris Brown 44.79 2 Bahamas 2:59.49 Ramon Miller 44.87 Michael Mathieu 45.06 Jermaine Gonzales 44.69 Dane Hyatt 44.83 3 Jamaica 2:59.92 Rusheen McDonald 45.10 Riker Hylton 45.30 Martyn Rooney 44.92 Conrad Williams Great 45.08 4 3:00.34 Nigel Levine Britian 45.11 Luke Lennon-Ford 45.23 Renny Quow 44.94 Trinidad Deon Lendore 45.13 5 & 3:00.91 Lalonde Gordon Tobago 45.33 Jarrin Solomon 45.51 L.J. van Zyl 44.86 Oscar Pistorius South 45.07 6 3:00.94 Lebogang Moeng Africa 45.47 Ofentse Mogawane 45.54 Luguelin Santos 44.45 Domin- Felix Sanchez 45.34 7 ican 3:01.18 Gustavo Cuesta Republic 45.79 Arismendy Peguero 45.6 Pako Seribe 45.41 Bafetoleng Mogami 45.46 8 Botswana 3:02.26 Isaac Makwala 45.63 Zachira Kamberuka 45.76 Olympic Prospectus 2012 15
  16. 16. 16 Mens Athletics Mens 800m World Record: 1:41.01 David Rudisha KEN 29 August 2010 Olympic Record: 1:42.58 Vebjorn Rodal NOR 31 July 1996 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Wilfred Bungei KEN 1:44.65 1 David Rudisha KEN 1:41.33 2 Ismail Ahmed Ismail SUD 1:44.70 2 Abubaker Kaki SUD 1:42.61 3 Alfred Yego KEN 1:44.82 3 Asbel Kiprop KEN 1:42.91 4 Gary Reed CAN 1:44.94 4 Adam Kszczot POL 1:43.13 5 Yusef Saad Kamel BAH 1:44.95 5 Mohammed Aman ETH 1:43.15 6 Yeimar Lopez CUB 1:45.88 6 Nick Symmonds USA 1:43.30 7 Nabil Madi ALG 1:45.96 7 Yuriy Borzakovskiy RUS 1:43.37 8 Nadjim Manseur ALG 1:47.19 8 David Mutua KEN 1:43.83 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 David Rudisha KEN 1:43.91 1 David Rudisha KEN 1:41.54 2 Abubaker Kaki SUD 1:44.41 2 Nijel Amos BOT 1:43.11 3 Yuriy Borzakovskiy RUS 1:44.49 3 Mohammed Aman ETH 1:43.51 4 Marcin Lewandowski POL 1:44.80 4 Leonard Kosencha KEN 1:43.60 5 Nick Symmonds USA 1:45.12 5 Abubaker Kaki SUD 1:43.71 6 Adam Kszczot POL 1:45.25 6 Job Kinyor KEN 1:43.76 7 Alfred Yego KEN 1:45.83 7 Adam Kszczot POL 1:43.83 8 Mohammed Aman ETH 1:45.93 8 Nick Simmonds USA 1:43.92 Mens 1500m World Record: 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj MOR 14 July 1998 Olympic Record: 3:32.07 Noah Ngeny KEN 29 September 2000 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading DSQ Rashid Ramzi BRN DQ for CERA 1 Asbel Kiprop KEN 3:30.46 1 Asbel Kiprop KEN 3:33.11 2 Silas Kiplagat KEN 3:30.47 2 Nicholas Willis NZL 3:34.16 3 Nixon Kiplimo Chepseba KEN 3:30.94 3 Mehdi Baala FRA 3:34.21 4 Augustine Chepseba KEN 3:31.14 4 Juan Carlos Higuero ESP 3:34.44 5 Ilham Tanui Ozbilen TUR 3:31.37 5 Abdalaati Iguider MAR 3:44.66 6 Abdelaati Iquider MAR 3:31.60 6 Juan van Deventer RSA 3:34.77 7 Abubaker Kaki SUD 3:31.76 7 Belal Mansoor Ali BRN 3:35.23 8 Nicholas Willis NZL 3:31.79 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Asbel Kiprop KEN 3:35.69 1 Silas Kiplagat KEN 3:29.63 2 Silas Kiplagat KEN 3:35.92 2 Asbel Kiprop KEN 3:29.78 3 Matthew Centrowitz USA 3:36.08 3 Nixon Kiplimo Chepseba KEN 3:29.90 4 Manuel Olmedo ESP 3:36.33 4 Ayanleh Souleiman DJI 3:30.31 5 Abdalaati Iguider MAR 3:36.56 5 Bethwell Birgen KEN 3:31.17 6 Mohammed Moustaoui MAR 3:36.80 6 Mekonnen Gebremedhin ETH 3:31.45 7 Mekonnen Gebremedhin ETH 3:36.81 7 Collins Cheboi KEN 3:32.64 8 Eduar Villaneuva VEN 3:37.31 8 Taoufik Makhloufi ALG 3:33.26 Mens 3000m Steeplechase World Record: 7:53.63 Saif Saaeed Shaheen QAT 03 September 2004 Olympic Record: 8:05.51 Julius Kariuki KEN 30 September 1988 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Brimin Kiprop Kipruto KEN 8:10.34 1 Brimin Kiprop Kipruto KEN 7:53.64 2 M. Mekhissi-Benabbad FRA 8:10.49 2 Ezekiel Kemboi KEN 7:55.76 3 R. Kipkemboi Mateelong KEN 8:11.01 3 Paul Kipsiele Koech KEN 7:57.32 4 Yacob Jarso ETH 8:13.47 4 M. Mekhissi-Benabbad FRA 8:02.09 5 Bouabdellah Tahri FRA 8:14.79 5 Bouabdellah Tahri FRA 8:05.72 6 Youcef Abdi AUS 8:16.36 6 Bernard Nganga KEN 8:05.88 7 Ezekiel Kemboi KEN 8:16.38 7 Richard Mateelong KEN 8:07.41 8 Abubaker Ali Kamal QAT 8:16.59 8 Hillary Kipsang Yego KEN 8:07.41 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Ezekiel Kemboi KEN 8:14.85 1 Paul Kipsiele Koech KEN 7:54.31 2 Brimin Kiprop Kipruto KEN 8:16.05 2 Richard K. Mateelong KEN 7:56.81 3 M. Mekhissi-Benabbad FRA 8:16.09 3 Abel Kiprop Mutai KEN 8:01.67 4 Bouabdellah Tahri FRA 8:17.56 4 Brimin Kipchoge Birech KRN 8:01.73 5 Roba Gari ETH 8:18.37 5 Jairus Kipchoge Birech KEN 8:03.43 6 Jacob Araptany UGA 8:18.67 6 Roba Gari ETH 8:06.16 7 Richard Mateelong KEN 8:19.31 7 Conseslus Kipruto KEN 8:08.92 8 Ion Luchianov MDA 8:19.69 8 Brahim Taleb MAR 8:10.20 Olympic Prospectus 2012 16
  17. 17. 17 Mens Athletics Mens 5000m World Record: 12:37.35 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 31 May 2004 Olympic Record: 12:57.82 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 23 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 12:57.82 1 Mohammed Farah GBR 12:53.11 2 Eliud Kipchoge KEN 13:02.80 2 Bernard Lagat USA 12:53.60 3 Edwin Cheruiyot Soi KEN 13:06.22 3 Isiah Kiplangat Keoch KEN 12:54.18 4 Moses Ndiema Kipsiro UGA 13:10.56 4 Imane Merga ETH 12:54.21 5 Abreham Cherkos ETH 13:16.46 5 Vincent Kiprop Chepkok KEN 12:55.29 6 Tariku Bekele ETH 13:19.06 6 Dejen Gebremeskel ETH 12:55.89 7 Juan Luis Barrios MEX 13:19.79 7 Thomas Longosiwa KEN 12:56.08 8 James Kwalia CKurui QAT 13:23.48 8 Sileshi Sihine ETH 12:57.86 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Mohammed Farah GBR 13:23.36 1 Dejen Gebremeskel ETH 12:46.81 2 Bernard Lagat USA 13:23.64 2 Hagos Gebrhiwet ETH 12:47.53 3 Dejen Gebremeskel ETH 13:23.92 3 Isiah Kiplangat Koech KEN 12:48.64 4 Isaiah Kiplangat Koech KEN 13:24.95 4 Ynew Alamirew ETH 12:48.77 5 Abera Kuma ETH 13:25.50 5 Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa KEN 12:49.04 6 Thomas Longosiwa KEN 13:26.73 6 John Kipkoech KEN 12:49.50 7 Eliud Kipchoge KEN 13:27.27 7 Tariko Bekele ETH 12:55.79 8 Bilisuma Shugi BAH 13:27.67 8 Edein Cheruiyot Soi KEN 12:55.99 Mens 10000m World Record: 26:17.53 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 26 August 2005 Olympic Record: 27:01.17 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 17 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 27:01.17 1 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 26:43.16 2 Sileshi Sihine ETH 27:02.77 2 Lucas Rotich KEN 26:43.98 3 Micah Kogo KEN 27:04.11 3 Mohammed Farah GBR 26:46.57 4 Modes Ndiema Masai KEN 27:04.11 4 Galen Rupp USA 26:48.00 5 Zersenay Tadese ERI 27:05.11 5 Imane Merga ETH 26:48.35 6 Haile Gebrelassie ETH 27:06.68 6 Josphat Bett Kipkoech KEN 26:48.99 7 Martin Irungu Mathathi KEN 27:08.25 7 Paul Tanui KEN 26:50.63 8 Ahmad Hassan Abdullah QAT 27:23.75 8 Zersenay Tadese ERI 26:51.09 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Ibrahim Jelain ETH 27:13.81 1 Wilson Kiprop KEN 27:01.98 2 Mohammed Farah GBR 27:14.07 2 Moses Ndiema Masai KEN 27:02.25 3 Imane Merga ETH 27:19.14 3 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 27:02.25 4 Zersenay Tadese ERI 27:22.57 4 Tariku Bekele ETH 27:03.24 5 Martin Irungu Mathathi KEN 27:23.87 5 Gebregziabher Begremariam ETH 27:03.58 6 Peter Cheruiyot Kirui KEN 27:25.63 6 Seleshi Sihine ETH 27:04.48 7 Galen Rupp USA 27:26.84 7 Moses Ndiema Kipsiro UGA 27:05.50 8 Sileshi Sihine ETH 27:34.11 8 Bitan Karoki KEN 27:07.90 Mens Marathon World Record: 2:03:59 Haile Gebrselassie ETH 28 September 2008 Olympic Record: 2:06:32 Samuel Wanjiru KEN 24 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Samuel Kamau Wanjiru KEN 2:06:32 1 Patrick Makau Musyoki KEN 2:03:38 2 Jaouad Gharib MOR 2:07:16 2 Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich KEN 2:03:42 3 Tsegay Kebede ETH 2:10:00 3 Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai KEN 2:04:40 4 Deride Merga ETH 2:10:21 4 Geoffrey Kiprono Mutai KEN 2:05:05 5 Martin Lel KEN 2:10:24 5 Levy Matebo Omari KEN 2:05:16 6 Viktor Rothlin SUI 2:10:35 6 Albert Kiplagat Chebet KEN 2:05:25 7 Gashaw Asfaw ETH 2:10:52 7 Wilson Kwambai Chebet KEN 2:05:27 8 Yared Asmerom ERI 2:11:11 8 Vincent Kipruto KEN 2:05:33 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Abel Kirui KEN 2:07.38 1 Ayele Abshero ETH 2:04:23 2 Vincent Kipruto KEN 2:10.06 2 Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich KEN 2:04:44 3 Feyissa Lilesa ETH 2:10.32 3 Yemane Tsegay ETH 2:04:48 4 Abderrahime Bouramdane MOR 2:10.55 4 Dino Sefir ETH 2:04:50 5 David Barmassi Tumo KEN 2:11.29 5 Getu Feleke ETH 2:04:50 6 Eliud Kiptanui KEN 2:11.50 6 Markos Geneti ETH 2:04:54 7 Hiroyuki Horibata JPN 2:11.52 7 Jonathan Kiplimo Maiyo KEN 2:04:56 8 Ruggero Pertile ITA 2:11.57 8 Moses Cheruiyot Mosop KEN 2:05:03 Olympic Prospectus 2012 17

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