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Aussies in action at Olympic Stadium

3 August 2012

ATHLETICS: Attention returns to the Olympic Stadium this morning, for day one of the athletics on day seven of the Games.

Australia will field one of the strongest and largest teams in years, with 52 athletes set to compete over the next 10 days.

The schedule kicks off from 10:00am BST with Dale Stevenson (men's shot put), Brendan Cole (men's 400m hurdles), Tristan Thomas (men's 400m hurdles) and Youcef Abdi (men's 3000m steeplechase) all in action.

MORNING SESSION

10.00 (7:00pm AEST) Men’s shot put qualifying - Dale Stevenson (group A)

20.65m or at least the 12 best performers will advance to the final

Australians to watch:

Stevenson is the 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist. The 24-year-old Victorian has had a stellar 2012, heaving the shot 20.16m at the Olympic trials in March, followed by a new PB of 20.63m at a meet in South Carolina in May.

Internationals to watch:

The three big men from the United States who hold the top three positions on the 2012 world list – Cantwell 22.31m, Hoffa 22.00m and Whiting 21.66m. Defending Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski (POL) is also in good form, as is reigning world champion David Storl (GER).

11.15 (8:15pm AEST) Men’s 400m hurdles round one - Brendan Cole (heat 1)

11.36 (8:36pm AEST) Men’s 400m hurdles round one - Tristan Thomas (heat 4)

First 3 in each heat plus the next 6 fastest advance to the semi finals

Australians to watch:

World 400m hurdles semi finalist Brendan Cole will make his Olympic debut at the ripe old age of 31. He ran the third fastest time of his career (49.39sec) to take out the Olympic trials in March.

After battling through a string of injuries, world 400m hurdles semi finalist Tristan Thomas will also make his Olympic debut this morning. The 26-year-old ran a season’s best of 49.37 in June, and boasts a PB of 48.68 (Osaka 2009).

Internationals to watch

Angelo Taylor of the United States will attempt to become the first man to win three Olympic 400m Hurdles titles. Standing in his way is Javier Culson who will be chasing Puerto Rico’s first ever Olympic medal. Reigning world champion David Greene will carry the hopes of the home nation.

13.15 (10:00pm AEST) Men’s 3000m steeplechase round one - Youcef Abdi (heat 2)

First 4 in each heat plus the next three fastest advance to the final

Australians to watch:

Finishing sixth in the final in Beijing and clocking his lifetime best (8:16.36) in the process, experienced steeplechaser Youcef Abdi has a good chance of making another Olympic final in London.

Internationals to watch:

The Kenyan dominance in the 3000m steeplechase is expected to continue in London, with reigning world champion Ezekiel Kemboi and defending Olympic Brimin Kipruto to lead the way.

EVENING SESSION

19.05 Melissa Breen, women’s 100m round one

19.10 Dani Samuels, women’s discus throw round one (group A)

19.50 Henry Frayne (group a) and Mitchell Watt (group b), men’s long jump qualifying

20.05 Ryan Gregson, men’s 1500m round one (heat 1)

20.30 Men’s shot put final

21.25 Eloise Wellings, women’s 10,000m final

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