While multiple track and field events will reach their conclusion Friday night, there’s one that sticks out. That would be the men’s 4×100 final, where Jamaica is looking to take gold for a third consecutive Olympic Games. And with Usain Bolt running the anchor leg, the expectation is that they’ll extend that streak to three.
Bolt, who has already won three straight Olympic gold medals in both the 100 and 200, is looking to complete the “triple triple” and the other seven teams in the final would like nothing more than to keep that from happening. Among those teams is the U.S., which is likely the group best equipped to pull off an upset. The women’s 4×100 final will also be run, and after making the most of their successful appeal to the IAAF the U.S. goes into the final as the favorite to take gold with Jamaica being their biggest threat.
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The finals of the women’s 5000, women’s pole vault and men’s hammer throw are also on the schedule, with the preliminary heats of the men’s and women’s 4×400 relays getting things going on the track. Among the competitors in the women’s 5000 are Americans Abbey D’Agostino and Shelby Houlihan, but Ethiopia will look to extend its gold medal streak in the event to four with Senbere Teferi, Ababel Yeshaneh and Almaz Ayana all competing.
Ayana has already won one gold medal in Rio, as she won the 10,000.