Wednesday, August 20, 2008

2008 Beijing: Results Day 12

Well there was not a lot going on today, but the things that did go on were certainly major. Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh won another Olympic gold medal. They are the first beach volleyball team in the history of the games to record consecutive golds. In Beijing, they were undefeated and never dropped a set. Jason Kidd, May Treanor's idol growing up was there watching the match even though his team was up late last night defeating Australia 116-85. They are most certainly contenders for the gold.

In the men's 200m final, Usain Bolt finished the race in world record time; he is the first man to record a world record in the 100m and 200m in an Olympic games. Wallace Spearmon of the U.S.A. and a friend of Bolt's was celebrating his third place finish when he was informed that he was disqualified for running on the white lane lines. His disqualification meant that 2004 Olympic gold medalist Shawn Crawford would get a bronze. The disqualifications did not end there, supposed silver medalist Churandy Martina was also charged with the same thing as Spearmon and therefore he was disqualified also which meant Crawford moved to silver medal status, and Walter Dix also of the U.S.A. moved to bronze. And if you are not confused by now, I don't know what to tell you.

Men's 200m Final
1. Usain Bolt Jamaica 19.30 World Record
2. Shawn Crawford U.S.A. 19.96
3. Walter Dix U.S.A. 19.98
DQ Churandy Martina Netherlands Antilles 19.82
DQ Wallace Spearmon U.S.A. 19.95

In the women's 400m hurdles, Jamaica once again reigned supreme. Moments after Bolt won the 200m, Melaine Walker at only 24 years of age won the race in record time. The field was left wide open with many of the "usual suspects" not competing for a variety of reasons. Second time Olympian, Sheena Tosta of Team U.S.A. captured the silver.

Women's 400m Hurdles
1. Melaine Walker Jamaica 52.64 World Record
2. Sheena Tosta U.S.A. 53.70
3. Tasha Danvers Great Britain 53.84

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