London Olympics 2012: Day 15

Today, the men’s 4×100 relay finals took place. The Jamaican team of consisting of Usain Bolt and Johan Blake won the relay with a world record of 36.84 seconds. The US led halfway through, but in the 3rd and 4th legs, they were overtaken by Blake and Bolt. US settles for silver while Trinidad and Tobago took bronze after Canada was heartbreakingly disqualified for a lane violation.The women’s 4×400 relayfinals also took place, but the US won gold. The US team of DeeDee Trotter, Allyson Felix, Francena McCororyk, and Sanya Richards-Ross left no doubt, winning the gold by 3.5 seconds over Russia and Jamaica. It was Felix’s third gold medal of these Olympics. Brigetta Barrett won a silver in the women’s high jump. Anna Chicherova of Russia took the gold.

In the 5000 meters, Britain’s Mo Farah took the lead with 2 laps to go in a very slowed paced event, and held off a late charge from Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethopia and Thomas Longosiwa of Kenya to win the gold medal. That gives Farah the 5000-10000 double and sent the Olympic Stadium crowd into a frenzy. America’s Bernard Lagat was in good position at the end, but was tripped up as he was starting his finishing kick on the final stretch and finished 4th.

Both the US women’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams played for gold today, but the results were complete opposite. The women’s basketball team walked all over France 86-50 to win their fifth straight gold medal. The volleyball team got off to a great start against Brazil, winning the first set 25-11. From there though, it all fell apart. Brazil took the next three sets to take the gold.

China dominates diving, and these Games have been no exception. Going into today’s men’s 10 meter platform event, China had won 6 of 7 events so far. Most of those winners were heavy favorites, and Qiu Bo in the platform event might have been the biggest favorite of all. Unfortunately, David Boudia of USA wins gold, with Qiu Bo with a silver. Daley of Great Britain takes bronze.

It was not a good day for fans of the US soccer team. In the men’s gold medal match, Mexico scored just 29 seconds in, and added another in the 75th minute to seemingly stomp Brazil. However, Brazil wouldn’t give up, and Hulk scored in the 91st minute to make it 2-1. A few minutes later, right at the end of the match, it looked like Brazil would tie it up when Oscar was found in the box wide open. Unfortunately, Oscar missed a wide open header, and the match ended immediately after. The thing  is that this was an under-23 tournament primarily. While our top rivals Mexico won the gold and showed how dangerous they will be in the future, we didn’t even qualify, and in fact choked away our oppoturnity to do so.

USA! USA! It’s obvious now that we will win the medal count, regardless of whether it’s total medals or gold medals. The US leads China 102-87 in total medals, and 44-38 in golds. Great Britain remains third place in golds with 28, while Russia remains third in total medals with 78. A fuller analysis of the medal count will come tomorrow.

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