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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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4 × 100-meter relay
Jamaica
U.S.
Belgium
U.S. and Jamaican women have run the year's 34 fastest 100 times.

4 × 400-meter relay
U.S.
Jamaica
Russia
Only once (1920) has the U.S. run in an Olympic final and not won a medal.

20-km walk
Olga Kaniskina, Russia
Tatyana Shemyakina, Russia
Ryta Turava, Belarus
Kaniskina's world mark at nationals wasn't ratified; no international judges were there.

High jump
Blanka Vlasic, Croatia
Ariane Friedrich, Germany
Elena Slesarenko, Russia
Vlasic was named for the city of Casablanca.

Long jump
Maurren Higa Maggi, Brazil
Lyudmila Kolchanova, Russia
Tatyana Lebedeva, Russia
Maggi is married to Formula One driver Antonio Pizzonia.

Triple jump
Yargelis Savigne, Cuba
Hrysopiyí Devetzí, Greece
Olha Saladuha, Ukraine
Savigne's manager is high jump world-record holder Javier Sotomayor of Cuba.

Pole vault
Yelena Isinbayeva, Russia
Jenn Stuczynski, U.S.
Monika Pyrek, Poland
Isinbayeva has set 12 world outdoor records.

Shot put
Nadezhda Ostapchuk, Belarus
Valerie Vili, New Zealand
Nadine Kleinart, Germany
Ostapchuk avenged her loss to Vili at '07 worlds with a win at the IAAF final.

Discus
Darya Pishchalnikova, Russia
Nicoleta Grasu, Romania
Yarelis Barrios, Cuba
Athens champ Natalya Sadova of Russia just returned from a steroid ban.

Hammer throw
Aksana Miankova, Belarus
Yipsi Moreno, Cuba
Martina Danisová-Hrasnová, Slovakia
Favored in '04, Moreno fouled on four throws and settled for silver.

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