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Kerri Walsh Jennings, Misty May-Treanor aim for 3rd straight gold in volleyball

Kerri Walsh Jennings, right, and Misty May-Treanor, left,

Kerri Walsh Jennings, right, and Misty May-Treanor, left, of US celebrate victory after their beach volleyball match against Czech Republic at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 31, 2012) Credit: AP

LONDON - Veronica Campbell-Brown will attempt to succeed Wednesday where Yelena Isinbayeva failed.

The Jamaican sprinter runs in the 200-meter final in a bid to become the first woman to win the same track and field event at three consecutive Olympics. Isinbayeva fell short in her attempt when she could only manage bronze in the pole vault on Monday.

"I'm not focusing on (history). The objective is to make sure that I navigate my race good tomorrow," the woman known as "VCB" said. "It's going to be very competitive. I have to stay focused and make sure I make no mistakes."

Among those trying to stop Campbell-Brown's run into the history books will be fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who already has won the 100-meter gold and could complete the coveted sprint double.

In the men's 200, their countryman, Usain Bolt, will run in the semifinals as he continues his quest to defend the title he won in Beijing and add to the 100-meter gold he already won in London.

Also aiming for three straight golds are American beach volleyballers Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor, who play the younger American pair of April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in the final at Horse Guards Parade.

"We want to seal the deal that we're the best team that's ever happened," Walsh Jennings said after the two-time gold medalists advanced to their third consecutive Olympic final by beating China in straight sets. "I want to win tomorrow for us. ... This will be our last match together, so we want to go out on top."

Britain's seemingly relentless pursuit of cycling gold medals moves to a new venue Wednesday, the BMX track in the shadow of the Velodrome.

Shanaze Reade is considered a gold medal contender in the women's competition, which starts with the seeding race Wednesday.

Reade is a former team sprint world champion on the track in a team that included Victoria Pendleton, the track rider who won a gold and a silver at the Velodrome. The two are even sharing a room at the athletes' village.

Host nation Britain has a tough draw in the women's field hockey semifinals at Riverbank Arena, facing world champion Argentina. Defending Olympic champion the Netherlands faces New Zealand in the other semi.

On the English Channel off Weymouth, Australians Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have built up such a lead in the 49er class that they only have to sail around the final race on the English Channel off Weymouth to collect their gold medal.

Equestrian continues in Greenwich with individual show jumping, where members of Britain's gold-winning jumping team will be favored to contend for more podium finishes.

The Olympic Stadium also is hosting the women's long jump and finals in the women's 400 meters and the men's 110-meter hurdles.

Also Wednesday, taekwondo competition opens with medals decided in the women's 49-kilogram and men's 58-kilogram classes. The table tennis tournament ends with China expected to complete a sweep of medals when it takes on South Korea in the men's team gold medal match.

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