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26 Jul 2012

Jumping for gold

Who will win the gold medal in the jumping disciplines?

Aside from the speed disciplines, the London's Olympic Stadium will also host other disciplines that have made the history of the Games. Let's take a look at the favorite candidates for the gold medal in these sports. In the men's high jump, the absolute stars of the show should be the American World Champion Jesse Williams and the Russian Ivan Ukhov; the outcome of the women's competition, after Blanka Vlasic and Antonietta Di Martino have dropped out, is looking a lot more uncertain, with the Russian Anna Chicherova, defending World Champion, being a notch above the others. In the men's long jump, all eyes are on the young German Sebastian Bayer, recent gold medalist at the Helsinki European Championships; in the women's event, the favorite is two-time World Champion Brittney Reese. In the triple jump, the odds are stacked in favor of the American Christian Taylor, gold medalist at Daegu 2011, who will be battling it out, among other opponents, with the Italian Fabrizio Donato, gold medalist at the Helsinki European Championships; in the women's event, the most likely candidate to win the gold is the Ukrainian Olha Saladuha. In the men's pole vault, Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie will need to watch out especially for the Germans Bjorn Otto and Malte Mohr; in the women's competition, the favorite can only be the Russian Yelena Isinbayeva, even if the best score of the season was obtained by the Brazilian Fabiana Murer, gold medalist at the 2011 Athletics World Championships.