Saturday, August 11, 2012

London Olympics 2012: Day 13

U.S. Women's Soccer continues to make strides after the women won a third consecutive gold medal, this time over Japan.

Women's Soccer

1. U.S.A.
2. Japan
3. Canada


Chen Roulin accomplished several notables by winning gold in the ten meter platform:

China completed a sweep in golds for platform events in the second straight Games. Chen joined the exclusive club of  Americans Dorothy Poynton-Hill and Patty McCormick, and countrywoman Fu Mingxia as the only women to win individual 10-meter titles at successive games. And she helped China extend a streak of earning at least one medal in women's platform at the last eight Olympics, the longest run for any country in any diving event.

Sixteen year old silver medalist from Australia Brittany Broben said of Roulin, "She's unbelievable, she deserves it. She works so hard. She dives the best of anyone."

Women's 10m Platform

1. Chen Roulin China 422.30
2. Brittany Broben Australia 366.50
3. Pandelela Rinang Pamg Malaysia 359.20

Track & Field

Christian Taylor had two fouls against him and was about to be eliminated if he couldn't make a safe jump. Taylor went on the attack and after a safe third jump, his fourth was the longest jump this year, 17.81m/58-5 1/4, and he took gold. His teammate both in the Olympics and at Florida State, Will Claye took silver.

A little but of history

This was the first triple jump medals for the U.S. in 16 years, Kenny Harrison won gold in Atlanta in 1996. It's 20 years since the Americans went 1-2 in Barcelona -- Michael Conley and Charlie Simpkins.

Claye is the first man in 76 years to win medals in both horizontal jumps at the same Games. Naoto Tajima of Japan won gold in the triple jump and bronze in the long jump in Berlin in 1936.

"I wish I had one more event!" Claye said with a big smile.

Men's Triple Jump

1. Christian Taylor U.S.A. 17.81m SB
2. Will Claye U.S.A. 17.62m
3. Fabrizio Donato Italy 17.48m

Twenty three year old David Rudisha from Kenya has been the dominant 800-meter runner for the last three years, setting the world record three times. This time around though, he did something even more special, he broke the world record at the Olympics.

Men's 800m

1. David Rudisha Kenya 1:40.91 WR
2. Nijel Amos Botswana 1:41.73 NR
3. Timothy Kitum Kenya 1:42.53 PB
4. Duane Solomon U.S.A. 1:42.82 PB
5. Nick Symmonds U.S.A. 1:42.95 PB

Fast as lightning, Usain Bolt did something that no other man in the history of the Games has done, he won gold in both the 100 meter and 200 meter in back to back Games. He said after his race in which the Jamaicans swept the event, "I'm now a legend. I'm also the greatest athlete to live."

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, speaking to a small group of reporters, said, according to Associated Press, "Let [Bolt] participate in three, four Games, and he can be a legend. Already he's an icon."  Legend status may be a bit of a stretch, I'm with Rogue on this one. Can he be compared yet to someone like Michael Phelps who participated in four Olympics, won 22 medals, 18 of them gold? I don't think so. Is he an icon? Does Bolt mean a lot to the sport of track & field? Without question, yes! At only 25, Bolt could easily make another Olympics if he keeps up his training and then maybe we could talk about that "legend" title that he so desires.

Men's 200m

1. Usain Bolt Jamaica 19.32 SB
2. Johan Blake Jamaica 19.44 SB
3. Warren Weir Jamaica 19.84 PB
4. Wallace Spearmon U.S.A. 19.90 SB
5. Churandy Martina Netherlands 20.00
6. Christophe Lemaitre France 20.19
7. Alex Quinonez Ecuador 20.57
8. Anaso Jobodwana South Africa 20.69

Ashton Eaton of the U.S. brought the Decathlon title back home on the 100th anniversary of the event. Even Usain Bolt was impressed saying, "I'm a great athlete, but to do 10 events, especially the 1,500 — I've got to give it to him."

More details here: Eaton wins Olympic Decathlon

Men's Decathlon

1. Ashton Eaton U.S.A. 8869 points
2. Trey Hardee U.S.A. 8671 points SB
3. Leonel Suarez Cuba 8523 points

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