Field For Women’s 200 Meters Is Loaded With Talent, And Speed

There’s another star-studded track and field sprint today at the London Summer Olympics, with the women’s 200 meter race featuring a bevy of medal winners. The race is slated to start at 4 p.m. ET.

So much talent, so few medals to go around — that sums up the 200.

Let’s start with Jamaican Veronica Campbell Brown, who won the last two Olympic gold medals in the event. American Allyson Felix was the runner-up to Brown in both races.

But Felix comes into Wednesday’s race after running a blazing 21.69 in her 200 win at the U.S. Olympic trials — the sixth-fastest time in history. She has shown that she has as good a chance as any to claim gold — finally — in her best event.

Also in the field are 100-meter winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, American 100-meter silver medalist Carmelita Jeter, and Sanya Richards-Ross of the United States — who has already won gold at the 2012 games, in the 400 meters.

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