Thursday, August 9, 2012

London Olympics 2012: Day 11

* The Beach Volleyball Finals on Day 12 will feature both American teams: Misty May Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross & Jen Kessy. *


Today was the last day of event finals in gymnastics. Aly Raisman added two individual medals to her team medal. She leaves London as the most decorated U.S. gymnast in these Games. The men's team continued to struggle in event finals with none of them adding any medals to their total. The only medal earned by the men in these Games was Danell Leyva's bronze in the all around.

Men's Parallel Bars

1. Zhe Feng China 15.966
2. Marcel Nguyen Germany 15.800
3. Hamilton Sabot France 15.566

Men's Horizontal Bar

1. Epke Zonderland Netherlands 16.533
2. Fabian Hambuechen Germany 16.400
3. Kai Zou China 16.366

In balance bean, Aly Raisman and Romania's Catalina Ponor actually tied for third place after Raisman's coach contested her score.Raisman had a higher execution score and won the bronze medal over Ponor. In floor, it was all about Aly; she was really just at a higher level than everyone else, and it was so beautiful to see her do so well after she lost bronze in the women's all around. Catalina Ponor, who may be in her last Olympics, made it onto the medal stand this time taking the silver, after she was knocked down to fourth place and out of the bronze medal position in balance beam. Aliya Mustafina of Russia continued to prove why she is one of the best in the world, winning a bronze in floor to keep her gold in the uneven bars company.

Women's Balance Beam

1. Deng Linlin China 15.600
2. Sui Lu China 15.500
3. Aly Raisman U.S.A. 15.066

Women's Floor Exercise

1. Aly Raisman U.S.A. 15.600
2. Catalina Ponor Romania 15.200
3. Aliya Mustafina Russia 14.900

Track & Field

I couldn't blog about Day 11 without telling everyone about Ivan Ukhov from Russia. First thing's first, he won the high jump, but he did it in shorts and a t shirt rather than his uniform. He apparently took it off between jumps and somehow misplaced it. The officials told him he only had a few minutes and to just jump in what he was wearing. Keep in mind that this is also a young man who earned a "strong warning" from the IAAF for being drunk during a competition in 2008. Eric Kynard of the U.S. took the silver, while three other men tied for the bronze.

Men's High Jump

1. Ivan Ukhov Russia 2.38m
2. Erik Kynard U.S.A. 2.33m
3. Mutaz Essa Barshim Qatar 2.29m
3. Derek Drouin Canada 2.29m
3. Robert Grabarz Great Britain 2.29m

Australia's Sally Pearson waited for what seemed like forever to find out whether or not she had done enough to edge out Dawn Harper of the U.S. in the 100 meter hurdles. Not only had she just crossed the finish line before her, but she set a new Olympic record. Dawn Harper seemed very content with silver. Kellie Wells who had been to hell and back with her person life, won bronze and had just beaten Pearson prior to the Games. Lolo Jones finished in fourth place, and sadly, out of the medals.

Women's 100m Hurdles

1. Sally Pearson Australia 12.35 OR
2. Dawn Harper U.S.A. 12.37 PB
3. Kellie Wells U.S.A. 12.48 PB
4. Lolo Jones U.S.A. 12.58 SB
5. Nevin Yanit Turkey 12.58
6. Phylicia George Canada 12.65 =PB
7. Jessica Zelinka Canada 12.69
8. Beate Schrott Austria 13.07

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