Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Olympics: Day 14 Rio

Jenn Suhr, London gold medalist, wasn't even able to clear 4.70m. Surh was battling a virus almost the entire time she was in Rio, and was anxious to get home and deal with her health and getting better. It was Stefanidi of Greece who won with fewer misses than Sandi Morris of the US. When both couldn't clear 4.90m, Stefanidi secured the gold.

Women's Pole Vault Final 

1. Ekaterini Stefanidi, Greece, 4.85m
2. Sandi Morris, USA, 4.85m
3. Eliza McCartney, New Zealand, 4.80m

Team USA had a problem qualifying in the Women's 100m Relay, but it didn't keep them from the final. Allyson Felix had dropped the baton in qualifying, a move that is uncharacteristic for the most decorated female track star, but then it was determined that the reason she dropped is because she was bumped. The US were given a chance to run again and were reinstated. And their run in the finals would not be an easy one, the US Women won on the inside lane defending their title with the second fastest run in history. 

Women's 4x100m Relay Finals

1. USA, 41.01 (Team USA: Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, English Gardner, Tori Bowie)
2. Jamaica, 41.36
3. Great  Britain, 41.77

 The Men's relay team has been haunted for a little while; and they are fully aware of it. For this Olympics, the US men said that they felt like they were very prepared going into it. And when they made it to the finals, they seemed poised to break a curse that had been in effect since they last won a medal in this event which was a silver in 2004. Why were they disqualified? Apparently the baton was passed outside of the designated passing zone. The curse continues and the men look to change their destiny next time around on one of the biggest stages in the world. For Usain Bolt, he completed what would be his final face at the Games. 

Men's 4x100m Relay Finals 

1. Jamaica, 37.27
2. Japan, 37.60
3. Canada, 37.64
**USA, disqualified (Team USA: Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, and Trayvon Bromell) 

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