By: Jerryd Curry
Yesterday’s action in track and field featured a few medal events in field and the finals of the Women’s 100m hurdles. Let’s take a look back to what all went down and who would wind up on the medal stand.
We’ll start off in the finals of the Women’s 100m hurdles where the Americans finished one after another, but there was one more woman in front of the three. Australian Sally Pearson would take the gold medal with a time of 12.35s. With Pearson grabbing first, Americans Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells would settle for the silver and bronze medals and it would knock Lolo Jones off the medal stand and ultimately a fourth place finish.
In the finals of the Men’s 1500 run, American Leonel Manzano captured the silver medal after finishing short of Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi who would grab the gold. American Matthew Centrowitz finished only 0.04s behind bronze medalist Abdalaati Iguider of Morocco.
Men’s high jump also held their final rounds yesterday resulting in American Erik Kynard bringing home a silver medal after clearing the mark of 2.33m. Russian Ivan Ukhov took the gold medal after clearing the 2.38m mark. For bronze, there would be a three way split between Mutaz Essa Barshim(Qatar), Derek Drouin(Can), and Robert Grabarz(GBR).
Semifinal rounds of the Women’s 200m dash was held yesterday. Americans Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards-Ross advanced to the finals with each women placing first in their respective heats. Joining them will be fellow countrywoman Carmelita Jeter after a second place finish in her heat. Ross would have the fastest time of the day turning in a 22.30s.
In the semifinals of the Men’s 800m run, Americans Nick Symmonds and Duane Solomon will get to try for a medal after advancing to the finals by having the two fastest times of non-top two finishers. Ethiopian Mohammed Aman had the fastest time of the day with a run of 1:44.34.
Preliminary rounds for the Men’s 110m hurdles were held yesterday as three Americans advanced to the semifinals. Jason Richardson and Aries Merritt won their respective heat while Jeff Porter would settle for a third place finish. Merritt, with a time of 13.07s, would have the fastest time of the day.
In the opening round of the Men’s Triple jump(My event), Americans Christian Taylor and Will Claye will have a shot at the medal stand tomorrow after qualifying for the finals.Taylorwas able to have a jump of 17.21m, longest of the day.
The qualifying round for the Women’s 5000m run resulted in two American runners, Molly Huddle and Julie Culley, moving on to the finals. Both women would finish fifth in their respective heats. The fastest time went to Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba whose time of 14:58.48s could not be beat.
In the preliminary rounds of the Women’s Long jump, Americans Brittney Reese and Janay Deloach were able to advance to the finals. Deloach was able to win her flight with a jump of 6.81m, but it wasn’t enough to pass the mark of 6.83m which was made by British jumper Shara Proctor, the longest jump of the day.
The Men’s 200m dash competition started yesterday with the preliminary rounds. Three Americans would advance to the semifinal rounds: Maurice Mitchell with a win in his heat, Wallace Spearmon with a second place finish, and Isiah Young placing third in his heat. Fastest time of the day, however, belongs to Alex Quinonez ofEcuadorwould was able to muscle out a time of 20.28s.
After all that it’s time to look forward to today’s action. Here a rundown of the events: Preliminary rounds: Men’s Pole vault, Women’s Hammer throw, Men’s 5000m run, Women’s 800m run, Men’s Javelin throw. Semifinals: Women’s 1500m run, Men’s 200m dash. Finals: Women’s Long jump, Women’s 400m hurdles, Women’s 200m dash, Men’s 110m hurdles. Men’s decathlon events: 100m dash, Long jump, Shot put, High jump, 400m dash.