TRACK AND FIELD
The men’s 100 meters is certainly the premier event of the Summer Games, and this year it has plenty of drama. Can Usain Bolt win an unprecedented third consecutive gold? Is Bolt’s hamstring injury an issue? (He says no.) Can Justin Gatlin, who has the fastest time this year, shrug off doping talk and match his gold from Athens 12 years ago?
In the morning, Shalane Flanagan of the United States will try to wedge her way onto the podium in the women’s marathon, along with Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba and Kenya’s Helah Kiprop and Jemima Sumgong. Also watch out for Bahrain’s Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa.
Matt Emmons has won medals in each of the past three Olympics. He won gold and silver in the 50-meter rifle, prone event in 2004 and ’08 before earning a bronze in the 50-meter rifle, three-position event in London. He’s back looking for gold.
The U.S. men’s team is coming off consecutive closer-than-expected games against Australia and Serbia. Can France deliver another scare? The U.S. women play China.
Andy Murray of Britain and Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina will contest Sunday’s gold medal match in men’s singles, advancing past Kei Nishikori and Rafael Nadal respectively in the semifinals.
Justin Rose of Britain led at 12-under after Saturday’s third round, with Henrik Stenson of Sweden trailing by one stroke. American Bubba Watson, tied for fourth at 6-under, could challenge for bronze but seems unlikely to make a serious run at gold Sunday.
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