2008 Beijing Olympics track & field - China vs USA chances of gold medals

Updated: 16 Aug 2008
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Track and field athletes from around the world have begun competing at the ongoing Beijing Olympics starting this Friday.


In the Friday's competition, spectators would enjoy the debut of the world's superb 100-meter runners, including former world record-holder Powell from Jamaica and Tyson Gay from the US.


China's Hu Kai, dubbed the Glass Man, will strive for a 100m dash medal with the two renowned athletes in the National Stadium or the Bird's Nest.


The most popular Chinese runner, Liu Xiang, the champion of 110m hurdles at the 2004 Athens Olympics, will make his first appearance on coming Thursday.


Sports spectators around the world are keen to find out how well China can flare in the track and field arena as a host nation.


Although China is comparatively speaking not strong in track and field, the contingent the country has sent is determined to try their best.


Feng Shuyong, an official form the general administration of sport said "The fact that the Chinese athletes went all out and have won so many medals will encourage those players competing in the track and field. Objectively speaking, China is not strong in this field. But we will try our best."


At the 2007 World Athletics Championship, China managed 11th place in the competition, and their highlight was without doubt Liu Xiang's gold medal in the men's 110m hurdles. He became the first man from China to win gold in the event at a world championship.


Another historic breakthrough for China came when Zhou Chunxiu won the silver medal in the women's marathon, the first medal in that event for China in world championships history.


And Zhang Wenxiu won a bronze in the women's hammer throw, becoming China's first athlete to stand on the hammer throw podium in the World Championships. With one gold medal, one silver and one bronze, China achieved its best results since 1993 at the world athletics championships.


But despite the achievements, it is unlikely that China will produce some upsets against any of the track and field superpower such as the US team and the Russian at the China National Stadium better known as Bird Nest. There exists a large gap still between China and other top athletics countries in track and field.


It is generally expected that the biggest medals contenders at the Beijing Olympics are the U.S. team. The team had topped the medal standings at the 2007 World Athletics Championships with 14 gold medals, four silvers and eight bronzes, far ahead of Russia, the other track and field giant.


SOURCE: China Daily and


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