Jamaica predicted to win 11 athletics medals in Rio
TRACK AND FIELD NEWS, the respected US publication, is projecting that Jamaica will win 11 medals in athletics at this summer's Olympic Games.
In predictions posted to its website on June 23, the magazine ascribed gold medals to Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Omar McLeod. The predictions also gave a silver medal to Jamaica-based Miguel Francis of Antigua and Barbuda in the men's 200m.
Issued before national championships are held in the USA, Jamaica, and Great Britain, the predictions detail Jamaica's likely Olympic haul as six gold, one silver, and four bronze medals.
Bolt is slated to repeat his 100m and 200m victories from the 2008 and 2012 instalments.
Justin Gatlin of the United States and fast Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut are picked for second and third in the 100m, with Francis and Panama's Alonso Edward taking silver and bronze in the 200m.
Two-time winner Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson are picked for gold and bronze, respectively, in the women's 100m with McLeod and 2012 third-place finisher Hansle Parchment chalked in for similar medals in the 110m hurdles.
Gold medals are also listed for Jamaica in the men's and women's 4x100m relay.
Also appearing in the predictions are the women's 4x400m relay team (silver), 400m hurdler Janieve Russell (bronze), and the men's 4x400m relay team (bronze).
At last year's World Championships, the Jamaican return was gold, fifth, and fourth in those events.
Other notable predictions include a defeat for American Allyson Felix by Bahamian Shaunae Miller in the 400m for women and an off-podium finish for World Championships silver medal winner Thompson in the women's 200m.
Jamaica won four gold, four silver, and four bronze medals at the 2012 Olympics Games, which was held in London.
The 2016 Olympic Games gets under way on August 5 and runs until August 21 in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
In keeping with the magazine's long-running practice, a new set of predictions are expected after the round of national championships, which begin this weekend in Britain and Trinidad and Tobago. Jamaica and the United States stage their national championships next weekend.