CHARLEY DUMAS OF THE U.S.
Though a clear favorite since his record 7-foot �-inch high jump last June, he could be upset if off form by older, consistent rivals such as Sweden's Bengt Nilsson.
GREG BELL OF THE U.S.
In a close rivalry Bell (above) and John Bennett of U.S. should broad-jump around 26 feet—good enough to win unless Holland's erratic Henk Visser happens to hit one of his rare, great jumps.
BOB RICHARDS OF THE U.S.
A veteran of two Olympiads and the only 15-foot pole-vaulter in the 1956 Games, he should retain his 1952 title while his U.S. teammates battle improved Europeans for second and third place.
PARRY O'BRIEN OF THE U.S.
This year O'Brien has already broken his world shotput record four times. At Melbourne he is almost sure to win again and break the Olympic mark he set at Helsinki.
EGIL DANIELSEN OF NORWAY
Improving fast, this new, young javelin thrower has a good chance of beating the 1952 champion, Cy Young of the U.S., and Poland's world record holder, Janusz Sidlo.
MIKHAIL KRIVONOSOV OF RUSSIA
In the hammer throw, the only track event in which the U.S. and Russia meet at fairly equal strength, Krivonosov's consistency makes him slight favorite down under.
FORTUNE GORDIEN OF THE U.S.
He holds the world discus record—194 feet 6 inches—but will be hard put to beat Teammate Al Oerter and the 1948 Olympic champion, aging Adolfo Consolini of Italy.
GALINA ZYBINA OF RUSSIA
Olympic winner in 1952, this solid blonde has broken her own world shotput record 11 times. She will most probably win again unless upset by a teammate—as she was in Russian Olympic tryouts by a husky, 220-pound newcomer, Tamara Tyshkevich. Russian women will probably sweep the shotput event at Melbourne.
DANA ZATOPEK OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA
This veteran javelin thrower—wife of the great long-distance runner, Emil Z�topek—will probably break own Olympic record in defense of her 1952 title against Russian competition.
MARLENE MATHEWS OF AUSTRALIA
At Melbourne the women's 100-and 200-meter sprints are up for grabs, with Mathews a chancy favorite over other good sprinters from Australia, Germany, Russia and Great Britain.