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Olympic Games 2012 Daily Preview: Track And Field Events Get Underway Friday

Track and field competition begins on Friday with a number of events, including the men's shot put, men's discus throw, women's 100m and women's heptathlon. Two athletes will be representing the St. Louis area: Chantae McMillan, who is competing in the heptathlon, and Christian Cantwell, who is competing in the shot put. The men's shot put is one of two track and field events in which medals will be awarded Friday.

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Elsewhere on Friday's Olympics schedule, the U.S. women's basketball team returns to action in pool play; they're set to play the Czech Republic at 4:15 p.m. CT. The knockout stage of the women's soccer tournament has arrived and begin with the quarterfinals -- the U.S. will face New Zealand at 8:30 a.m. CT.

Medals in a number of events will be awarded, including several more swimming events -- the finals of the women's 200m back, men's 100m fly, women's 800m free and the men's 50m free are all set for Friday.

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