Athletics gets underway!
First Olympic day and first medals at the Olympic Stadium
It has been one week since the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and now everything is ready for the track and field competitions. Two finals are scheduled today: the men's shot put, at 8.30 pm (London time) and the women's 10,000m, at 9.25 pm. In the first competition, the favorites at the outset are the Americans Reese Hoffa and Christian Cantwell; in the second, Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, world record holder and gold medalist at Beijing 2008, will need to watch out especially from her two team mates Werknesh Kidane and Beleynesh Oljira. The other competitions scheduled are the qualifications and the first rounds of these disciplines: women's triple jump, women's 100m, women's 400m hurdles, men's hammer throw, women's 400m, men's 3000m steeplechase, women's discus throw, men's long jump, men's 1500m. With the start of the competition inside the Olympic Stadium, the Mondotracks also make their debut: aside from the Olympic one, Mondo installed two for warm-up as well: a 400m one adjacent to the facility and an 80m one located under the stadium's main stand.