By: Jerryd Curry
With every one still ranting and raving about Usain Bolt’s gold medal performance yesterday, competition continued inLondonat the Olympics. Venturing back on yesterday a few events had medals handed out. Time to recap on yesterday’s action.
Starting off with the finals for the Men’s 400m hurdles, American Michael Tinsley would bring home the silver after posting a time of 47.91. His time however, would not be enough to surpass the effort of Felix Sanchez of theDominican Republicwho would take the gold medal by a slim margin of 0.3s.
In the finals of the Men’s 400m dash, theUSAfailed to have an athlete qualify for the finals. This is the first time since 1920 that theUSAwould not have a shot to medal in the 400m. It would be Kirani James ofGrenadato take home the gold with a time of 43.94. Luguelin Santos of theDominican Republicreceived the silver while Lalonde Gordon ofTrinidad and Tobagowould get the bronze medal.
The finals of the Women’s Pole vault were held yesterday. American Jennifer Suhr would get the gold medal, which is first gold medal in a field event for theUSA. She would get it by clearing the 4.75m mark. Yarisley Silva ofCubawould settle for the silver medal in this event.
Preliminary rounds for the Women’s 100m hurdles were held yesterday. Americans Lolo Jones and Kellie Wells advanced to the semifinal rounds by winning their respective heats. Dawn Harper of theUSAwould also move on to the semifinal rounds by placing second in her event. The fastest time would go to Sally Pearson ofAustralia, turning in a time of 12.57s.
In the prelims of the Men’s 800m run, Americans Nick Symmonds and Duane Solomon would earn spots in the semifinals with wins in their heats. Symmonds would be one of seven runners to turn in times under1:46. Abubaker Kaki ofSudanwould have the fastest time of the day with a time of 1:45.51s.
In the first round of the Women’s 1500m run, theUSAwould have three runners advance to the semifinals: Shannon Rowbury, Jennifer Simpson and Morgan Uceny. Only one runner would end up turning in a time of under4:05which was Abeba Aregawi ofEthiopiawith a time of 4:04.55s.
Semifinal rounds of the Women’s 400m hurdles took place with theUSAadvancing three athletes to the final round. Lashinda Demus won her heat, Georganne Moline finished second in hers, and T’erea Brown advanced by having the fastest time of a non-top two finisher, which was the fifth fastest of the day. Russian Natalya Antyukh turned in the fastest time yesterday running the 400m in 53.33s.
Qualifying rounds for the Women’s 200m dash was also held yesterday as all three American athletes would advance to the semifinals and all of the following ladies would win their respective heat: Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross. Ross would also have the best time of the day turning in a 22.48s time.
The following events take place tomorrow: Preliminary rounds: Women’s Javelin, Men’s 110m hurdles, Women’s 5000m run, Men’s 200m dash, Women’s Long jump. Semifinal rounds: Women’s 100m hurdles, Women’s 200m dash. Final round: Men’s 1500m run, Men’s Discus, Men’s High jump, Women’s 100m hurdles.