By: Jerryd Curry
In yesterday’s track and field action, there were few events taking place, but it lacked no intensity at all. Yesterday’s events featured more competitions for medals, including a world-record breaking performance. Let’s take a flashback to yesterday.
The day was highlighted by another world-record being broken in the finals of the Women’s 4x100m relay. The USA relay team, made of Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter, Bianca Knight and Tianna Madison, set a new world-record of 40.82s. This time would break the old record held by East Germany which had stood since 1985. Jamaica would wind up taking the silver medal while Ukraine took home the bronze medal.
The finals of the Men’s 4x400m relay was held yesterday as the Bahamas would pull out a win and grab the gold medal. The USA took home the silver medal after coming up less than a second shy of first place. Trinidad and Tobago would capture the bronze medal.
The finals of the Women’s 1500m run would prove to be heartbreak for American Morgan Uceny. As the bell rang to signal the last lap of the race, Uceny started to charge towards the front of the pack and was tripped up in the first turn causing her to fall and ultimately lose the race. Ironically, a year ago Uceny tripped and fell in the finals of the World Championships as well. Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey got the gold, her countrywoman Gamze Bulut got silver while Maryam Yusuf Jamal grabbed bronze.
In the preliminaries of the Women’s 4x400m relay, the USA would win their heat and also get the fastest time of the day with a time of 3:22.09s. In the finals, they’ll be up against underdog teams such as Russia, Great Britain, and Jamaica.
Preliminaries for the Men’s 4x100m relay were also held yesterday as the USA would not only win their heat, but would also have the fastest time of the day with a time of 37.38s. This would also break a national record that has stood for the last twenty years. The USA will need to fend off challengers Jamaica, Canada, and Japan if they are to take home the gold medal.
With today being the last full day of track and field, let’s see what’s on slate for today: Finals: Men’s 50km race walk, Women’s 20km race walk, Women’s High jump, Men’s Javelin throw, Men’s 5000m run, Women’s 800m run, Women’s 4x400m relay, Men’s 4x100m relay.