By: Jerryd Curry
Day three for the Olympics featured a very exciting line up including events such as the 400m Men’s semis and Women’s finals. It also featured one of the most epic 100m Men’s finals in Olympic history. Let’s venture back to yesterday’s action.
The Men’s 100m final is the shortest race but the most exciting to watch. Coming into this race, many people doubted whether or not Jamaican Usain Bolt would keep his title of “Fastest man on Earth” and he did it in stunning fashion. For the second Olympics in a row Bolt not only took home gold but also broke his own Olympic record with a time of 9.63. Bolt is the second runner in Olympic history to win gold back to back Olympics(Carl Lewis was the other). His fellow countryman Yohan Blake would grab the silver medal while American Justin Gatlin took the bronze over his teammate Tyson Gay by one one-hundredth of a second.
In the finals of the Women’s 400m dash, it would be Sanya Richards-Ross to take home the gold forAmericaafter that disappointing bronze performance back inBeijing. Ross edged outBritain’s Christine Ohuruogu by 0.15s. American DeeDee Trotter would get the bronze medal as well.
In the semis of the Men’s 400m dash, all three American runners would be eliminated from competition after they all failed to quality for the finals. American Bryshon Nellum would fall short of the finals by 3 one-hundredths of a second. The fastest time of the semis went to Lalonde Gordon ofTrinidad and Tobagowith a time of 44.58s.
The prelims of the Women’s 400m hurdles were held yesterday. Americans GeorganneMolineand Lashinda Demus would move ahead to the semifinals after both women won their respective heats. American T’erea Brown would also advance to the semis after she placed second in her heat. The fastest time would go to Natalya Antyukh ofRussiawith a time of 53.90s.
The competition for the Men’s High jump was held yesterday. Americans Jamie Nieto, Jesse Williams, and Erik Kynard would all make it to the finals along with eleven other athletes to compete with for the medals of the high jump. The highest jump of the day was a tie as six jumpers were able to clear the 2.29m mark.
In the first heat of the Men’s 1500m semis, American Leonel Manzano would finish fourth and move on to the finals being held on Tuesday. In the second heat, American Matthew Centrowitz would also advance to the finals after coming in fifth. The fastest run of the day would belong toMorocco’s Abdalaati Iguider finising with a time of 3:33.99.
Looking forward to Monday, these following events will take place: Men’s Discus prelims, round one of Women’s 100m hurdles, Women’s shot put finals, prelims of the Men’s 800m run, prelims for the Women’s 1500m, finals of the Women’s pole vault, prelims of the Women’s 200m dash and 400m hurdles, Men’s 400m hurdles finals and Men’s 400m finals.