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08 Aug 2012

A dream final

It's game on in the challenge among the best 200m sprinters in the world

The queens of speed will take to the track once again, in a 200m final which is shaping up to be a thrilling one. The challenge will be yet again between Jamaica and the United States, with five of the eight finalists coming from these two countries: Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, winner of the 100m competition, and Veronica Campbell-Brown, gold in the 200m at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 as well as at the World Championships of Daegu 2011, will take on their biggest rivals, the Americans Sanya Richard-Ross, gold in the 400m, Allyson Felix, silver in the 200m at Athens 2004 and Beijng 2008, and Carmelita Jeter, silver in the 100m. The final is scheduled at 9 pm (London time). Right before that, at 8.45 pm, the final of the 400m hurdles will be held, with American Lashinda Demus, gold at Daegu 2011, looking to be the big favorite. At 9.15 pm, the Olympic title of the 110m hurdles will be awarded, another competition that promises to put on a great show. Cuban Dayron Robles, world record holder, will try to defend the gold won at Beijing 2008 against an extremely fierce opposition: the Americans Aries Merritt, gold at the Indoor World Championships of Istanbul 2012, and Jason Richardson, gold at Daegu 2011; Russian Sergey Shubenkov, winner of the European Championships of Helsinki 2012; Barbados' Ryan Brathwaite, gold at the World Championships of Berlin 2009; British Andrew Turner, bronze at Daegu 2011. Before the sprint finals, the final of the women's long jump will start at 8.05 pm, with all odds of being in favor of American Brittney Reese, gold medal in the last two editions of the World Championships, who looks to be likely to secure her first Olympic gold medal.