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August 3, 2012

EYES ON LONDON: A downpour — and who will medal?

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LONDON — ENNIS HURDLES

Britain’s poster girl, Jessica Ennis, just won her Heptathlon hurdles race in a time of 12.54.

That is fast.

In the 2008 Beijing games, U.S. 100-meter hurdler Dawn Harper won the gold medal in the individual in the same time.

Ennis took 1195 points from the win, putting her in the lead position as they go into the second event, the high jump.

— Fergus Bell — Twitter http://twitter.com/fergb

WHERE’S BOLT: MAURICE GREENE EDITION

AP’s Jenna Fryer is scouring London and Olympic Park for sprinter Usain Bolt and seeing what people have to say about him. Here’s her latest entry:

Still haven’t caught the “fastest man in the world,” and that moniker is being challenged Friday morning.

Usain Bolt has been elusive so far during his stay in London, where many expect him to once again sweep the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Maurice Greene, winner of the 100 in Sydney and bronze in Athens, believes Bolt will get beat in London by his Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake.

“Don’t get me wrong — Bolt can come out here and run something phenomenal,” says Greene, who won gold in the 100 at the 2000 Olympics. “He is capable of that. He has done that before. It is possible.

“But he’s nowhere near the shape he was in 2008 in China. He’s not that same guy. For the last two years, he’s been having a lot of technical problems. I have to take it from that. But don’t get me wrong, he can come out here and do something.”

Greene joins a growing list of athletes and commentators who believe Bolt is going to have his hands full at this Olympics.

— Jenna Fryer — Twitter http://twitter.com/jennafryer

SAUDI ATHLETE: SHORT FIGHT

That was quick — less than a minute and a half quick.

Saudi Arabia’s first female Olympian was easily defeated Friday by a Puerto Rican fighter in a judo bout that lasted only 82 seconds.

Wearing a tight-fitting black cap after judo officials would not allow her to don a headscarf, Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani lost the one-sided match to Melissa Mojica.

The 18-year-old Shahrkhani looked tentative and unwilling to grab her opponent’s uniform. Mojica then flipped Shahrkhani onto her back for a match-ending throw.

— Maria Cheng — Twitter http://twitter.com/mylcheng

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