By: Jerryd Curry
Today was the final day of Track and Field for the Games of the XXX Olympiads. These Olympics were predicted to produce the most fastest times yet and it delivered. Even though today was the last day, these events today sent it out with a bang and another world-record performance. Let’s look back at the events from yesterday.
In the finals of the Men’s 4x100m relay, this race would be close and intense down to the last handoff. In the third leg of the race, Tyson Gay and Yohan Blake would be dead even through the curve as they handed off to their teammates Ryan Bailey and Usain Bolt, respectively, and Bolt would turn on the burners and beat Bailey. The Jamaican team, led by anchor Usain Bolt along with Yohan Blake, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater, would take the gold medal and also set another world record in the relay. Their time of 36.84s would break their own world record from four years ago back inBeijing. TheUSAsquad would give a valiant effort in the race and get the silver medal. The team of Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey would turn in a time 37.04 which ended up being a national record.Trinidad and Tobagowould finish third and get the bronze medal.
Medals were also up for grabs in the finals of the Women’s 4x400m relay. The USA team of Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross, DeeDee Trotter, and Francena McCorory took home the gold medal in a dominating fashion as they won by almost a full five seconds over silver medalist Russia.Jamaicawould get the bronze medal with a third place finish.
The finals of the Women’s High jump were held yesterday as well. Anna Chicherova of Russia captured the gold medal after clearing the bar at 2.05m, the only one to do so on the day. American Brigetta Barrett got the silver medal while Svetlana Shkolina ofRussiagrabbed the bronze medal.
With Track and Field now over at the Olympics, the final medal count in Athletics looks like this:USA29(9G 13S 7B),Russia18(8G 4S 6B), andJamaica12(4G 4S 4B) round out the top 3. Now withLondonbeing over its time to lookout on the 2016 games inRio de Janeiro. With these Olympics being this great, one can only imagine what could happen four years for now.
On a personal note I would like to give a huge thanks to Tracknation for giving this opportunity to let me write for their website. I enjoyed every single moment of it and I appreciate it to the fullest. I also thank everyone who has been reading this whole week. It’s been a whole lot of fun and I hope you enjoyed my articles this week cause I loved writing them for you guys. Hope to see you all again in four years.