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PREDICTIONS // WOMEN

Bruce Lowitt's predictions for the Olympic track competition:

100 meters: Gwen Torrence, United States; Irina Privalova, Russia; Gail Devers, United States.

200 meters: Irina Privalova, Russia; Merlene Ottey, Jamaica; Juliet Cuthbert, Jamaica.

400 meters: Maria-Jose Perec, France, Jearl Miles, United States; Maicel Malone, United States.

800 meters: Maria Mutola, Mozambique; Ana Quirot, Cuba; Kelly Holmes, Britain.

1500 meters: Hassiba Boulmorka, Algeria; Sonia O'Sullivan, Ireland; Angela Chalmers, Canada.

5,000 meters: Sonia O'Sullivan, Ireland; Derartu Tulu, Ethiopia; Gabriela Szabo, Romania.

10,000 meters: Derartu Tulu, Ethiopia; Fernanda Ribiero, Port; Junxia Wang, China.

Marathon: Manuela Machado, Portugal; Uta Pippig, Germany; Tegla Loroupe, Kenya.

100-meter hurdles: Gail Devers, United States; Olga Shishigina, Kazakhstan; Svetla Dimitrova, Bulgaria.

400-meter hurdles: Kim Batten, United States; Tonja Buford, United States; Sally Gunnell, Britain.

10K walk: Irina Stankina, Russia; Hongmiao Gao, China; Elisabetta Perrone, Italy.

400-meter relay: United States; Jamaica; Russia.

1600-meter relay: United States; Australia; Russia.

High jump: Alina Astafei, Romania; Stefka Kostadinova, Bulgaria; Inga Babakova, Ukraine.

Long jump: Inessa Kravets, Ukraine; Heike Drechsler, Germany; Jackie Joyner-Kersee, United States.

Triple jump: Inessa Kravets, Ukraine; Ana Biruyukova, Russia; Iva Prandzheva, Bulgaria.

Shot put: Astrid Kumbernuss, Germany; Huang Zhihong, China; Sui Xinmei, China.

Discus: Ilke Wyludda, Germany; Olga Chernyavskaya, Russia; Ellina Zvereva, Belarus.

Javelin: Natalya Shikolenko, Belarus; Trine Hattestad, Norway; Steffi Nerius, Germany.

Heptathlon: Jackie Joyner-Jersee, United States; Sabine Braun, Germany; Ghada Shouaa, Syria.

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