By: Jerryd Curry
Yesterday’s action on the track was highlighted by day 2 of the Men’s Decathlon, the start of relay events and the finals of the Men’s 200m final. Let’s take a look back at the events from yesterday.
Starting off with the Men’s 200m dash finals,Jamaicawould make a clean sweep of the medals with Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, and Warren Weir finishing in the top three. With that gold medal, Bolt becomes the first Olympian ever to win back to back gold medals in the 100m and 200m dash. Wallace Spearmon of theUSAfell short of the medal stand and had to settle for a fourth place finish.
In day 2 of the Men’s Decathlon, American Ashton Eaton would prevail and win the gold medal along with the title of “World’s greatest athlete”. His countryman Trey Hardee took the lead going into the final event, the 1500m run, but would ultimately settle for the silver medal. Leonel Suarez ofCubawould take the bronze medal.
The finals of the Men’s Triple jump took place yesterday and theUSA, once again, would take the gold and silver medals. Christian Taylor would bring home the gold with a jump of 17.81m while fellow American Will Claye captured the silver medal with a jump of 17.62. Italian Fabrizio Donato got the bronze medal.
In the finals of the Men’s 800m run, Kenyan David Lekuta Rudisha not only won the gold medal, but did it in world record fashion. Rudisha would break the record for the fastest 800m run with a time of 1:40.91s, breaking the old record of 1:41.1s formerly held by Wilson Kipketer ofDenmark. Kipketer set the record back in 1997. His fellow countryman, Timothy Kitum, grabbed the bronze medal while Nijel Amos ofBotswanatook the silver.
In the semifinals of the Women’s 800m run, American Alysia Johnson Montano earned her way for a shot a the medal stand due to her second fastest time among non-top two finishers. South African Caster Semenya will be the woman to look out for in the finals as she turned in a 1:57.67s time which was the best of the day.
Preliminary rounds of the Men’s 4x400m relay were held. TheUSAwould advance to the finals due to an inspiring run by Manteo Mitchell who broke his leg during the first leg of the heat. Mitchell had to run with a broken leg the final 200 meters and was still able to finish with a 46 second time. The Americans would tie with theBahamasteam for, not only their heat, but the fastest time of the day as well.
Qualifying rounds for the Women’s 4x100m relay were yesterday. TheUSAwon their heat in blazing style. Not only did they break the record for the fastest time in qualifying rounds, but they also ran the second fastest time in Olympic history. With a time of 41.64s, theUSAlooked poised and armed to take home a medal.
In the preliminaries of the Women’s High jump, Americans Chaunte Lowe and Brigetta Barrett would move on to the final round after both athletes cleared a mark of 1.93m. The highest jump would go to Svetlana Radzivil ofUzbekistan, clearing a mark of 1.96m.
With only three days left of the Olympics, let’s see what’s on slate for tomorrow: Preliminaries: Women’s 4x400m relay, Men’s 4x100m relay. Finals: Men’s Pole Vault, Women’s Hammer Throw, Women’s 5000m run, Women’s 4x100m relay, Women’s 1500m run, Men’s 4x400m relay.