2016 Rio Olympics

Athletes to watch at the Rio track and field events

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athletes to watch at the Rio track and field events

So we all know that Usain Bolt will be coming in for his final season, poised and ready to go for all the gold medals that his neck can carry at the upcoming Olympics. But Bolt is just one of many athletes to watch at the Rio track and field events.

Also keep an eye out for Team USA who will be seeking redemption from their performance at the world championships in Beijing last summer, coming home with only six gold medals, six silver and six bronze.

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Individually, though, the following are some of the athletes to watch out for at the Rio track and field events .

Usain Bolt, Jamaica

So Usain Bolt is a given, but the world record holder still deserves another mention, since this may be his last outing in the Olympics. The athlete, who is coming from a sweep of all three of his events at the 2013 and 2015 world championships looks like he’s going to win another three gold medals in Rio. That is if he stays healthy, and leading competitor, Justin Gatlin, doesn’t get lucky.

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Ashton Eaton, USA

Ashton Eaton is considered as one of the world’s greatest athletes, and will try to prove his case in Rio, as he attempts to win back-to-back decathlon medals. Should he be able to do so, he will only be the second man to reach this achievement, next to another Olympic legend, Great Britain’s Daley Thompson.

Mo Farah, Great Britain

Having won the 5,000 and 10,000-meter events in London, Mo Farah has already made his mark in distance running. He has also won both distances in the 2013 and 2015 world championships and will try to finally set a world record when he takes to the track in Rio.

Allyson Felix, USA

A favorite to win the 400-meter event at the Olympics, Allyson Felix clocked in 49.68 seconds during trials, which was world-leading at that time. Although the athlete will not be joining the 200-meter race, an event she considers her “baby”, after finishing fourth at the trials.

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