Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

London's Great Rivalries; the Olympic Games Provide the World with Some of the Most Compelling Stories and Gripping Rivalries in Sport. RICHARD HARVEY Identifies Seven Showdowns You Won't Want to Miss in London

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

London's Great Rivalries; the Olympic Games Provide the World with Some of the Most Compelling Stories and Gripping Rivalries in Sport. RICHARD HARVEY Identifies Seven Showdowns You Won't Want to Miss in London

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Cycling: Women's track

IT WILL be the Ashes on wheels, and you can be sure that the biggest rivalry on the track won't disappoint. Meares and Pendleton have long been the top two female sprinters in the world and their battle in London is going to be one of the highlights of the Games. Both are really competitive and never give an inch. Pendleton, the reigning Olympic champion, won bragging rights the last time they met after winning the world title in Melbourne earlier this year.

YOHAN BLAKE (JAMAICA) V USAIN BOLT (JAMAICA)

Athletics: Men's 100m

ASK most people and it's not C[pounds sterling]ifC[yen] Bolt will win three gold medals in London, but whether he can break his world records on the way. But, fellow Jamaican Blake may have a say in that, having claimed the 100m at the 2011 world championships after Bolt was disqualified after a false start. Since then there have been doubts about Bolt's fitness, with rumours of hamstring trouble getting some traction after Blake beat Bolt at the recent Jamaican trials in 9.75 seconds, the fourth fastest time in history. Asafa Powell wasn't far away at those trials either, while Americans Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin have also put some recent good form on the board.

JAMES MAGNUSSEN (AUST) V CESAR CIELO (BRAZIL)

Swimming: Men's 100m freestyle

MAGNUSSEN is the current world champion and has the fastest time (47.10) in a textile suit. Brazil's Cesar Cielo is the current world record-holder, having stopped the clock at 46.91 when he won gold at the 2009 World Championships, but has struggled a little over the distance recently. But maybe Magnussen's rival will come from elsewhere Co don't discount fellow Aussie James Roberts.

MICHAEL PHELPS (USA) V RYAN LOCHTE (USA)

Swimming: Men's 400m individual medley / 200m individual medley

THE world's two best swimmers go head-to-head in the sport's two multi-discipline events and both races will be incredible. A six-time World Swimmer of the Year, Phelps is the defending Olympic champion in both events, while C[pounds sterling]The LochtenatorC[yen] won both at the past two world championships after finishing with bronze behind Phelps in both in Beijing. …

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