By: Jerryd Curry
Day 6 of track and field proved to be a great day for theUSAas the Americans would capture seven medals during yesterday’s competition. It was also day 1 for one of the most grueling events in the Olympics with the Men’s decathlon. Let’s take a look back to day 6 and recap all the action.
We’ll lead off with the finals of the Women’s 200m dash where it would be American Allyson Felix to take the gold medal with a time of 21.88. Her countrywoman Carmelita Jeter grabbed the bronze medal as she would come up just shy of silver medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica.
With medals on the line in the Men’s 110m hurdles, theUSAwould deliver a 1, 2 finish in the final race. Americans Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson would get the gold and silver medals while Jamaican Hansle Parchment got the bronze medal.
In the finals of the Women’s 400m hurdles, American Lashinda Demus earned the silver medal in her event. She beat out Zuzana Hejnova of theCzechRepublic, who would have to settle for the bronze medal. The gold medal would go to Natalya Antyukh ofRussiaturning in a time of 52.70s.
The Women’s Long jump resulted in more medals for theUSA. This time it would be Brittney Reese and Janay Deloach to take home the gold and bronze medals, respectively. As for the silver medal, Elena Sokolova ofRussiawould get it after falling short of Reese’s mark of 7.12m.
Semifinal rounds of the Men’s 200m dash were also held. American Wallace Spearmon was able to earn a spot in the finals after placing second in his heat. Jamaican Yohan Blake got the fastest time of the day with a 20.01s time. Blake is being projected as an underdog winner to upset Usain Bolt. It will be a very interesting final to watch tomorrow night.
In the semifinal rounds of the Women’s 1500m run, Americans Morgan Uceny and Shannon Rowbury advanced to the finals after they finished third in fifth in the same heat, respectively. Fastest time however, went to Abeba Aregawi ofEthiopiaby turning in a 4.01.03s.
Preliminary rounds of the Women’s 800m run were held yesterday. Three Americans would move on to the semifinal rounds of the competition: Alysia Johnson Montano by winning her heat, Alice Schmidt placed second while Geena Gall advanced due to her time. Johnson also turned in the fastest time of the day with a time of 2:00.47s.
In the first rounds of the Men’s 5000m run, Americans Bernard Lagat, Galen Rupp, and Lopez Lomong will move on to have a shot at the medal stand by qualifying for the finals. Dejen Gebremeskel ofEthiopiahad the best time of the day by running 5000m in 13:15.15s.
In the preliminary rounds of the Men’s Pole vault, American BradWalkerearned a spot in the finals after clearing a mark of 5.60m. German Raphael Holzdeppe has the highest mark of 5.65m.
After day 1 of the Men’s Decathlon, American Ashton Eaton currently leads the standings with 4,661 points. His countryman Trey Hardee is right behind him in second place with 4,441 points. Eaton captured wins in the 100m dash, 400m dash and the Long jump. Dmitriy Karpov ofKazakhstanwon the Shot put and Leonel Suarez ofCubawon the High jump.
Looking at today, Thursday begins relay events. Here’s a layout of today’s events: Preliminaries: Women’s High jump, Men’s 4x400m relay, Women’s 4x100m relay. Semifinals: Women’s 800m run. Finals: Men’s Decathlon, Women’s Javelin throw, Men’s 200m dash, Men’s 800m run. Men’s decathlon events: 110m hurdles, Discus throw, Pole vault, Javelin throw, and 1500m run.