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Window to the spectacle
Hindustan Times
July 25, 2012
First Published: 01:31 IST(25/7/2012)
Last Updated: 11:09 IST(25/7/2012)

Usain Bolt (pic) will be the cynosure of all eyes when the track and field competition starts on August 3. The 100m sprint preliminaries start on the second weekend, at 2.30pm on August 4; the semis and final are at 12.15am and 2.20 am, respectively, on August 6. Barring an unlikely disqualification, the final line up is likely to pit Bolt against
compatriots Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell and American Tyson Gay, four of the fastest men on the planet.

Michael Phelps (pic) has won 14 gold medals over the last two Olympics. Now he needs just three more to surpass Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina as the most-decorated Olympian of all time. The American swimmer has four individual and three relay events from July 28 to August 4.

Here's the quick guide

196 competitors — 98 men and 98 women — compete across 14 medal events. Look out for US gymnast Jordyn Wieber (pic), Russia’s Viktoria Komova and China’a Yao Jinnan in the women’s section. In the men’s section, it will be Japan’s Kohei Uchimura, Zou Kai of China, American Danell Leyva and Germany’s Philipp Boy. The action begins on July 28.

The Americans, with NBA stars like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant (pic) and Kevin Durant, among others, look unbeatable. Team veteran Bryant has upped the ante by prodding the team to surpass the Michael Jordan-led Dream Team of ‘92. Bryant said: US players’ citizenship should be revoked if they fail to win gold.

Heavyweights Brazil will hope to break their drought at the Olympics for which they will bank on their star striker Neymar Da Silva. Among the other big teams, Spain will hope to continue their recent world domination, while Great Britain too will see this as a big opportunity to strike gold at home.

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Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
England 58 59 57 174
Australia 49 42 46 137
Canada 32 16 34 82
Scotland 19 15 19 53
India 15 30 19 64
New Zealand 14 14 17 45
South Africa 13 10 17 40
Nigeria 11 11 14 36
Kenya 10 10 5 25
Jamaica 10 4 8 22
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