Monday, August 6, 2012

London Olympics 2012: Day 9

* Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings beat a tough young Italian team in the quarterfinals to advance. *

Chinese diver Wu Minxia announced that she will retire following the London Games, but the story doesn't end there. The six time medalist, including four golds, one silver, and one bronze was informed following her first gold medal win at these Games, the synchronized three meter springboard that her mother has been battling cancer and her grandparents passed away. The debate continues, should her parents have told her right away, regardless of her training or did they do the right thing allowing her to continue focusing on her Olympic dream? Whatever the case, Minxia continues to impress winning the individual 3m springboard as well.

Women's 3m Springboard Final

1. Wu Minxia China 414.00
2. He Zi China 379.20
3. Laura Sanchez Soto Mexico 362.40

The sole U.S. hope in the men's floor exercise, Jake Dalton failed to medal, coming in fifth out of eight.

Men's Floor Exercises

1. Zou Kai China 15.933
2. Kohei Uchimura Japan 15.800
3. Denis Ablyazin Russia 15.800

For the first time ever, Great Britain won two individual gymnastics medals in the same event. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, watched intently as her fellow countrymen made history, her look was one of contentment and amazement. Louis Smith of Great Britain who won the silver actually had the same score as Krisztian Berki of Hungary who won gold, but Berki got the gold because his execution score of 9.166 was .10 points better.

Smith was optimistic though about his silver medal and Max Whitlock's bronze, "You have to take it with a pinch of salt," Smith said. "If you watch it back on slow motion, you'll usually see the best athlete won. To be beat by Krisztian, he's one of the best pommel performers in the world and to come in second to him at an Olympic games, that's a good feeling."

Men's Pommel Horse

1. Krisztian Berki Hungary 16.066
2. Louis Smith Great Britain 16.066
3. Max Whitlock Great Britain 15.600

There's no easy way to put this, McKayla Maroney fell on her butt on her second vault in the vaulting finals. She was the favorite to win gold, if anything was in lock in gymnastics, if anyone was consistent on an apparatus, it was Maroney on vault. The fall was shocking, the crowd gasped, the gymnasts were as shocked as the crowd, and Maroney; she stood there puzzled as flashbulbs went off in her face. Only one gymnast would follow her, Sandra Izbasa from Romania, and she would land both her vaults and win an unexpected gold.

Women's Vault

1. Sandra Izbasa Romania 15.191
2. McKayla Maroney U.S.A. 15.083
3. Maria Paseka Russia 15.050

Track & Field

Four years ago in Beijing, Sanya Richards Ross took home a medal in the 400 meter, but it wasn't the color she wanted; it was bronze and she left disappointed. Richards Ross went home, regrouped, realized that you don't truly win unless you cross the finish line first. Maybe it was fitting that she won the first gold in track & field for the U.S. team this time around. Following her body length win, Richards Ross embraced her husband saying his Super Bowl rings were motivation for her to get out there and win. He encouraged his wife and now gold medalist to enjoy the moment.

 Women's 400m

1. Sanya Richards Ross U.S.A. 49.55
2. Christina Ohuruogu Great Britain 49.70 SB
3. Dee Dee Trotter U.S.A. 49.72 SB
4. Amantel Montsho Botswana 49.75
5. Novlene Williams Mills Jamaica 50.11
6. Antonina Krivoshapka Russia 50.17
7. Francena McCorory U.S.A. 50.33
8. Rosemarie Whyte Jamaica 50.79

I didn't want to believe it when he first blasted onto the scene, but over the years, Usain Bolt has proven that he is the real deal. He and Carl Lewis are the only men to retain their 100 meter titles in back to back Games. 

He is officially, "the first man to cross the line first in successive Olympic finals".

Bolt said he now will focus on defending his title in the 200 meter to add to the legend that he already is.

Men's 100m

1. Usain Bolt Jamaica 9.63 OR
2. Yohan Blake Jamaica 9.75 =PB
3. Justin Gatlin U.S.A. 9.79 =PB
4. Tyson Gay U.S.A. 9.80 SB
5. Ryan Bailey U.S.A. 9.88 =PB
6. Churandy Martina Netherlands 9.94
7. Richard Thompson Trinidad & Tobago 9.98
8. Asafa Powell Jamaica 11.99

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