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Track & Field Day 7: Crouser, Kovacs to clash in shot put

Track & Field Day 7: Crouser, Kovacs to clash in shot put
Posted at 1:37 PM, Aug 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-04 22:09:37-04

Day 7 of track and field at the Tokyo Olympics is Thursday in Japan, or Wednesday night into Thursday morning stateside.

There are finals in the men's shot put, men's 110m hurdles, men's triple jump, women's pole vault, men's 400m and men's 20km walk.

Other notable events include: first rounds of the women's 4x400m relay, and men's and women's 4x100m relays; and more.

Decathlon

— Day 2 - Early Session —

Canada's Damian Warner enters Day 2 as the leader through five events with 4722 points, followed by Australia's Ash Moloney and compatriot Pierce LePage at 4641 and 4529.

110m Hurdles (8:00pET)

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Discus (8:50pET)

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Pole Vault (11:45pET)

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— Day 2 - Late Session —

Javelin (6:15aET)

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1500m (8:40aET)

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Women's High Jump

Qualifying (8:10pET)

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World leader Yaroslava Mahuchikh of the Ukraine won silver at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. Her 2.04m from the meet is the second-best mark since the 2016 Rio Games.

The top mark in the leadup cycle to Tokyo is 2.06m, cleared by ROC athlete Mariya Lasitskene at the 2017 Lausanne Diamond League meet and 2019 Golden Spike in Ostrava. The 2015 world champion and 2014 world indoor champion has additionally cleared 2.05m once and 2.04m five times during that same period since Rio.

American Vashti Cunningham, whose coach and father happens to be NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, cleared a personal-best 2.02m in late May.

Heptathlon

— Day 2 - Early Session —

Netherlands' Anouk Vetter enters Day 2 as the leader through four events with 3968 points, followed by Belgium's Noor Vidts and Nafissatou Thiam at 3941 and 3921.

Long Jump (8:40pET)

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Javelin (11:30pET)

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— Day 2 - Late Session —

800m (8:20aET)

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Women's 4x100m Relay

1st Round (9:00pET)

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Jamaica fields one of the best teams in history, led by seven-time Olympic medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and four-time Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah, who completed a historic sprint double-double at these Games. Respectively, the pair is No. 3 and No. 2 on the all-time 100m list behind world record-holder Florence Griffith-Joyner.

Presumptive third member, Shericka Jackson, is tied for 11th on that list at 10.76, having clocked the time in the Tokyo 100m final for bronze.

The U.S., without its top sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson, will likely contend for silver with Great Britain, without star Dina Asher-Smith.

"A" teams will be kept on the bench for the first round.

Men's Triple Jump

Final (10:00pET)

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Absent of two-time defending Olympic and three-time reigning world champion Christian Taylor, who ruptured his Achilles in May, the podium is wide open. Or at least silver and bronze.

Taylor's compatriot Will Claye, runner-up at both of those Olympics and two most recent world championships, looks to ascend to the top. He, too, ruptured his Achilles but did so in 2020.

Two-time world silver medalist Pedro Pichardo of Portugal and Burkinabe's Hugues Fabrice Zango, the 2019 world bronze medalist, will challenge. Pichardo topped qualifying in 17.71m.

Men's Shot Put

Final (10:05pET)

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World record-holder Ryan Crouser took down Randy Barnes' 31-year-old all-time mark in June at U.S. Olympic Trials. The defending Olympic champion has three of the year's top throws.

Joe Kovacs, the reigning world champion, threw 22.72m in May. His 22.91 career best is from his title-winning performance in Doha, dubbed the greatest shot put competition in history.

The bronze medalist in Rio, New Zealand's Tom Walsh, is likely to repeat that result in Tokyo. He won the world championship in 2017.

Men's 4x100m Relay

1st Round (10:30pET)

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The U.S. team won its first global championship since 2007 at the post-Usain Bolt era 2019 World Championships. It'll be without three of the four final legs — Christian Coleman, suspended until 2022, and non-qualifiers Justin Gatlin and Mike Rodgers — but retains Noah Lyles and adds world-leader Trayvon Bromell, who missed the individual event's Tokyo final.

Due to Bolt dominance and botched handoffs, Team USA hasn't won gold in the event since the 2000 Sydney Games, anchored by that year's individual 100m champion Maurice Greene.

The team had a first-round baton drop at the 2008 Olympics, a first-round illegal handoff at 2009 worlds, a fall in the final at 2011 worlds, a retroactive anti-doping medal strip at the 2012 Olympics, sloppy pass in final at 2013 worlds, illegal handoff in final at 2015 worlds and an illegal handoff in final at 2016 Olympics.

Men's 110m Hurdles

Final (10:55pET)

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Reigning world champion Grant Holloway enters the final as the world leader and top qualifier in both initial rounds.

In June at U.S. Olympic Trials, he clocked 12.81 during the semifinals to finish one-hundredth of a second of Aries Merritt's 2012 world record.

Notably missing in Tokyo is defending Olympic champion Omar McLeod, who while dealing with cramps at Jamaica's Olympic trials hit the first hurdle and finished last. 

Rio marked the first non-boycotted Olympics the U.S. failed to win at least one medal in the event.

Devon Allen, fifth in Rio, was second to Holloway among those who advanced to the final.

Men's 20km Walk

Final (3:30aET)

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Women's Pole Vault

Final (6:00aET)

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Women's 4x400m Relay

1st Round (6:25aET)

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Men's 1500m

Semifinals (7:00aET)

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Men's 400m

Final (8:00aET)

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