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TRACK AND FIELD // WOMEN

Dates: July 26-Aug. 4

Venue: Olympic Stadium

TV sessions:

July 26: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

July 27: noon-5:30 p.m.; 6:30-midnight.

July 28: 7-10 a.m.; noon-6 p.m., 7 p.m.-midnight.

July 29: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

July 31: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

Aug. 1: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

Aug. 2: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

Aug. 3: 7 p.m.-midnight.

Aug. 4: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Schedule of Finals:

July 27: 100 meters, javelin.

July 28: marathon, 5,000 meters.

July 29: 10k race walk, discus, 400 meters.

July 31: triple jump, 400-meter hurdles, 800 meters, 100-meter hurdles.

Aug. 1: 200 meters.

Aug. 2: shot put, long jump, 10,000 meters.

Aug. 3: high jump, 400-meter relay, 1,500 meters, 1,600-meter relay.

FUN FACT: The triple jump has been a men's event since 1896, but this will be the first year the event will be included in the Olympics for women. Another new event for women is the 5,000 meters. Until this year the women ran the 3,000 while the men ran the 5,000.

It won't be included in this year's Olympics, and maybe not the 2000 Games, but women's pole vaulting is catching on around the world. High school girls have taken up the event in the United States, but it is not yet included in the NCAA Championships.

ALL-TIME U.S. BEST: Jackie Joyner-Kersee gets the nod here, both for her accomplishments and her longevity. JJK, as she is affectionately known, has won three Olympic gold medals, a silver and a bronze. After the Barcelona Games, where she won her second straight Olympic gold in the heptathlon, observers started to refer to her as the world's greatest athlete _ man or woman.

The 1996 Games will be her fourth Olympics. Though she is now 34, and her 1995 season was marred by injuries, if she remains healthy, JJK is favored to win a third straight heptathlon gold.

_ SHARON GINN

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