Friday, August 10, 2012

London Olympics 2012: Day 12

* The Men's Basketball Team made it through the quarterfinals. *

* Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their gold medal in Beach Volleyball solidifying their legendary status. *

Track & Field 

American triple jump champion Brittney Reese only cleared two jumps but her second jump was good enough to gain her gold. Her teammate ended up winning the bronze.

Women's Triple Jump

1. Brittney Reese U.S.A. 7.12m
2. Elena Sokolova Russia 7.07m PB
3. Janay del Loach U.S.A. 6.89m

Lashinda Demus came to London with one mission: to win gold. Unfortunately things didn't come together for her, she found herself trying to close in on Natalya Antyukh of Russia, but she just couldn't catch her. She even found herself trying to hold off Hejnova at the end. Demus spoke gratefully though about her silver medal in the 400 meter hurdles thanking all the fans for their support.

Women's 400m Hurdles

1. Natalya Antyukh Russia 52.70 PB
2. Lashinda Demus U.S.A. 52.77 SB
3. Zuzana Hejnova Czech Republic 53.38 SB
4. Kaliese Spencer Jamaica 53.66 SB
5. Georganne Moline U.S.A. 53.92 PB
6. T'erea Brown U.S.A. 55.07
7. Denesa Rosdova Czech Republic 55.27
8. Muizat Ajoke Odumosu Nigeria 55.31

As a woman, one of the most inspiring sights I've seen during this Games was Allyson Felix blazing down the straightaway in the 200 meter, a race she has always called her baby. No one was even close; Felix won the gold medal that had alluded her for eight years. Twice, she came into a Games as the world champion and twice she was the bridesmaid instead of the bride. This time around, she proved that she can win it all.

Women's 200m

1. Allyson Felix U.S.A. 21.88
2. Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce Jamaica 22.09 PB
3. Carmelita Jeter U.S.A. 22.14
4. Veronica Campbell Brown Jamaica 22.38
5. Sanya Richards Ross U.S.A. 22.39
6. Murielle Ahoure Ivory Coast 22.59
7. Myrian Soumare France 22.63
8. Semoy Hackett Trinidad & Tobago 22.87

Of winning the gold in the 110 meter hurdles, Aries Merritt of team U.S.A. said the following, "The gold medal means everything. The U.S. haven't had a gold medal since Allen Johnson in 1996. It's phenomenal. To be here in this atmosphere is really special." Merritt held off teammate and World Champion Jason Richardson to claim gold in somewhat of an upset. Richardson settled for silver as his late surge just wasn't enough to overtake Merritt.

Men's 110m Hurdles

1. Aries Merritt U.S.A. 12.92 PB
2. Jason Richardson U.S.A. 13.04
3. Hansle Parchment Jamaica 13.12 NR
4. Lawrence Clarke Great Britain 13.39
5. Ryan Brathwaite Barbados 13.40
6. Orlando Ortega Cuba 13.43
7. Lehann Fourie South Africa 13.53
8. Dayron Robles Cuba DQ

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