By: Jerryd Curry
The track and field competition of the 30th Olympiads are finally underway inLondon. People are excited to see big name athletes such as Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Veronica Campbell-Brown. There are also the American favorites such as Tyson Gay, Allyson Felix and LaShawn Merritt. As the games continue we’ll see which names can live up to their hype from four years ago and what dark horse runners will appear out of nowhere and snatch a metal. For now let’s take a look at what happened yesterday.
The day was highlighted by the preliminaries of the Women’s 100m dash. Americans Carmelita Jeter, Allyson Felix and Tianna Madison all moved on to the semifinal rounds with finishes of first, first and second; respectively. Jeter ended up having the fastest time of the day yesterday by having a time of 10.83s.
In the Men’s Long Jump, Americans Will Claye and Marquise Goodwin would move on to the finals and compete for a medal after Goodwin had a jump of 8.11m. This jump would end up being the best of day, tying him with Brazilian Mauro Vincius da Silva. Claye would get into the finals with a jump of 7.99m.
The preliminary round for the Women’s 400m dash also took place yesterday. Americans Sanya Richards-Ross, DeeDee Trotter, and Francena McCorory were able to advance to the semifinal rounds with all of them winning their respective heat. The fastest time of the day went to Amantle Montsho ofBotswanaby running a 50.40s.
Men’s 400 hurdles also took place yesterday with three Americans moving on to the semifinals: Kerron Clement, Michael Tinsley, and Angelo Taylor. Taylor and Tinsley would take first in their heats while Clement would settle for second, finishing behind Javier Culson ofPuerto Rico. Culson’s time would also result in him having the best time of day (48.33s). \
The Women’s Discus Throw held their qualifying rounds yesterday as American Stephanie Brown Trafton would advance to the finals with a throw of 64.89m. The longest throw of the day would go to Yarelys Barrios of Cuba throwing the disc 65.94m and making her a favorite to take the gold.
The first Athletics medal to be given out was the Men’s Shot Put. American Reese Hoffa would end up short of the gold and silver medal but walked away with the bronze medal with a throw of 21.23m. Tomasz Majewski of Polandwould take the gold in this event with a throw of 21.89.
In the Women’s 10,000m final, three Americans would fall short of the medal stand by less than a minute. It would be Tirunesh Dibaba ofEthiopiawho grabbed the gold with a time of 30:20.75s.
The Women’s Heptathlon also got started off yesterday with the 100m hurdles, 200m dash and the Shot Put. Currently Jessica Ennis of Great Britainholds the lead after three events. American Hyleas Fountain is currently 5th and is almost 300 points off the lead.
Looking forward to tomorrow, day two consists of the following events: Men’s 100m prelims, Men’s 400m, Men’s Long jump finals, Women’s Pole vault, Women’s 400m semis, Women’s 100m semis and finals, and in the Women’s Heptathlon: 800m, Javelin throw and Long jump.