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MEN'S LONG JUMP: Carl Lewis, in his final Olympics, tries once again to medal. Fellow American Mike Powell and Jamaica's James Beckford should be the primary competitors.

Lewis, who has eight gold medals in three Olympiads, could match Al Oerter's record of four straight in the same event. Oerter did it in the discus between '56 and '68. Lewis would make it four straight after taking gold in Los Angeles, Seoul and Barcelona.

WOMEN'S 400 METERS: Gainesville resident Jearl Miles is the only American in the final. The favorite is France's Marie-Jose Perec, the defending Olympic champion.

MEN'S 110 HURDLES: Britain's Colin Jackson, who spent time training at the University of South Florida, is a medal favorite.

But look for tough competition from 1995 indoor and outdoor world champion Allen Johnson and fellow American Mark Crear.

DIVING: Americans Scott Donie and Mark Lenzi, who is hoping to cap his fantastic comeback with a medal, go for gold in the springboard final. The medal favorites, however, are Russia's Dmitry Sautin and China's Xiong Ni and Xiao Hailiang.

GYMNASTICS: Individual event finals in the women's balance beam and floor exercise and the men's vault, parallel bars and high bar will be contested.

Americans Shannon Miller and Dominique Moceanu had the two highest beam scores during team competition and are among the favorites. Moceanu also qualified for the floor, while Dominique Dawes may step in for the injured Kerri Strug.

Jair Lynch will be a contender in the parallel bars.