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Brian Cazeneuve
July 28, 2008
Who'll reach the winner's podium in all 302 events
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July 28, 2008

Medal Picks

Who'll reach the winner's podium in all 302 events

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Long jump
Irving Saladino, Panama
Loúis Tsátoumas, Greece
Ibrahim Camejo, Cuba
Saladino lives in São Paolo with Brazilian jumper Keila Costa.

Triple jump
Phillips Idowu, Great Britain
Arnie David Girat, Cuba
Jadel Gregório, Brazil
Idowu read the Dennis Rodman book on changing hair colors.

Pole vault
Evgeniy Lukyanenko, Russia
Brad Walker, U.S.
Steven Hooker, Australia
Hooker's mom long-jumped in '72 Games; his dad was national 400 champ.

Shot put
Reese Hoffa, U.S.
Adam Nelson, U.S.
Andrei Mikhnevich, Belarus
Nelson worked at Olympic Village coffee shop in '96.

Discus
Gerd Kanter, Estonia
Virgilijus Alekna, Lithuania
Ehsan Hadadi, Iran
Alekna awarded gold in '04 when winner failed doping test.

Hammer throw
Ivan Tsikhan, Belarus
Krisztián Pars, Hungary
Primoz Kozmus, Slovenia
Tsikhan's coach is Soviet Olympic champ Sergei Litvinov.

Javelin
Tero Pitkämäki, Finland
Andreas Thorkildsen, Norway
Tero Järvenpää, Finland
Pitkämäki speared a long jumper at a meet in Rome last year.

Decathlon
Bryan Clay, U.S.
Maurice Smith, Jamaica
Roman Seberle, Czech Republic
Injuries and low blood sugar have knocked Clay out of a couple of big meets.

Women

100 meters
Kerron Stewart, Jamaica
Muna Lee, U.S.
Torri Edwards, U.S.
World champ Veronica Campbell-Brown didn't qualify.

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