As the 2012 Olympic Games draw near and excitement rises, let's take a quick look at five men's events to watch during the Olympic competition:
Men's 100-Meter Track and Field Event
The men's 100-meter is always among the most popular must-see events at the Olympic Games. At the 2008 Olympic Games, Jamaican Usain Bolt stole the show with a world-record setting performance. In 2012, Jamaican officials believe they can sweep the medal podium with athletes such as Bolt, Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake, according to Dr. Warren Blake, the president of the Jamaican Athletics Administration Association. Powell also has made the same prediction, according to a statement he made to AFP in January.
But the American men could have something to say about those predictions. Though the United States has not yet held Track and Field Olympic Team Trials, sprinters such as Walter Dix and Tyson Gay will be out to chase down and defeat the defending Olympic champion.
The men's 100-meter track and field final is scheduled to take place at 9:50 p.m. on August 5, 2012, according to the official London 2012 website.
Swimming: Men's 200-Meter Individual Medley
Once again, the United States has not yet held the Olympic Team Trials in swimming, but most anticipate that Americans Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will qualify for the event. Phelps, who won eight gold medals in Beijing, is the defending Olympic champion in the event, while Lochte is the reigning world-record holder. Lochte defeated Phelps in the event at the 2011 FINA World Championship meet in Shanghai, but Phelps recorded the fastest time in the world this year with his performance at the Indianapolis Grand Prix in March. Should both men qualify for the team, the 2012 Olympic Games would set up a rematch for the event on the world's biggest stage.
Hungarian Lásló Cseh could be a factor in the final medal standings as well. Cseh earned silver in the event at the 2008 Games and bronze in the event in Shanghai.
The men's 200-meter individual medley is scheduled to take place at at 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2012, according to the official London 2012 website.
Men's 74-Kilogram Freestyle Wrestling Tournament:
American Jordan Burroughs could continue his unbeaten streak with a win at the 2012 Olympic Games, though he may have to go through wrestlers such as Iranian Saderg Goudarzi and Russian Denis Tsargush to do so. Burroughs defeated both wrestlers en route to his 2011 World Championship title, but there is no guarantee that he will defeat them again in London. Burroughs has had an outstanding year, though, winning at the the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2011 Dave Schultz Memorial International Tournament. His confidence is likely high right now, and he'll carry that determination into London.
The gold-medal match of the men' 74-kilogram freestyle wrestling tournament is scheduled to begin at 6:25 p.m. on August 10, 2012, according to the official London 2012 website.
Men's Taekwondo Welterweight Tournament
The men's taekwondo welterweight tournament will feature two-time Olympic champion Steven Lopez. Lopez won his gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games before finishing in the bronze-medal position at the 2008 Games. He's also amassed a total of five world championship titles, with the most recent coming in 2009. When it comes to taekwondo, it will be interesting to see if the American can reclaim the Olympic title, or if someone else, such as Iranian Farzah Abdollahi, will take home the gold.
The men's taekwondo welterweight gold-medal match is scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 11, 2012, according to the official London 2012 website.
Men's Individual Archery
The men's individual archery event will be interesting to watch at the 2012 Olympic Games because American Brady Ellison is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. He's held the place for the past two years, and the 2011 World Indoor Archery champion is the easy favorite heading into London. In order to win gold, though, Ellison will have to hold off a tough South Korean contingent, which could include gold-medal winners in the 2008 team event. Ellison also could have to contend with 2008 Individual Olympic champion Viktor Ruban of Ukraine.
The men's individual archery final is scheduled to begin at 3:21 p.m. on Aug. 3, 2012, according to the official London 2012 website.