Sunday, August 12, 2012

London Olympics 2012: Day 14


Jordan Burroughs talked the talk and then he backed it up being the first U.S. wrestler to win gold at the London Games. Burroughs overpowered his opponent Iran's Sadegh Goudarzi thus securing a $250,000 pay day from the U.S. It was an emotional victory for the 24 year old who was born in one of the poorest areas in New Jersey. It was years of demanding training that helped him to develop his technique and build his strength, and it was that very passion and strength that brought him the gold.

Men's Freestyle 163lbs.

1. Jordan Burroughs U.S.A.
2. Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi Iran
3. Soslan Tigiev Uzbekistan
3. Denis Tsargush Russia

Track & Field

Renaud Lavillenie of France won the pole vault gold medal Friday with an Olympic record jump of 5.97 meters. He has been the world indoor champion, has been the dominant pole vaulter in 2012.

Men's Pole Vault

1. Renaud Lavillenie France 5.97m OR
2. Bjorn Otto Germany 5.91m
3. Raphael Holzdeppe Germany 5.91m PB

They gave it their best shot and it was an improvement over past years but the Men's U.S. 4x400 meter relay team not only lacked depth but lost the gold to the Bahamas who set a new national record in their country. Even Angelo Taylor's expertise, veteran status, and running anchor wasn't enough to hold off the Bahamians who made a late surge. The U.S. team was plagued by injury after Lashawn Merritt and Jeremy Wariner both pulled out before the preliminaries, where Manteo Mitchell ran the last 200 meters of the opening lap with a broken left fibula. So you could say that this silver medal for Manteo Mitchell, Angelo Taylor, Bryshon Nellum, Joshua Mance, and Tony McQuay.

Men's 4x400m Relay

1. Bahamas 2:56.72 NR
2. U.S.A. 2:57.05 SB
3. Trinidad & Tobago 2:59.40 NR
4. Great Britain 2:59.53 SB  
5. Russia 3:00.09
6. Belgium 3:01.83
7. Venezuela 3:02.18
8. South Africa 3:03.46 SB
9. Cuba DNF (did not finish)

Carmelita Jeter gave me one of the most captivating moments of these games when she ran anchor in the 4x100 meter relay. She got the baton, and then, the race was on, she ran like her life depended on it, and as she crossed the finish line, she stretched her arm out, baton in hand, and pointed towards the digital clock. And then, the words new world record flashed; she knew before it was even official that something special had happened. It was the first time that any women's relay team had finished in under 41 seconds. These four women, Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, and Carmelita Jeter, also did something that hopefully meant something to all women out there; they worked together, and now they share something that will bond them forever.

Women's 4x100m Relay

1. U.S.A. 40.82 WR
2. Jamaica 41.41 NR
3. Ukraine 42.04 NR
4. Nigeria 42.64 SB
5. Germany 42.67
6. Netherlands 42.70
7. Brazil 42.91
8. Trinidad & Tobago DNF

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