Results and Highlights from Day 13 at The London Olympic Games 2012
Another sensational night in the London Olympic stadium. This games just keeps on delivering. What more could we ask for? A World Record in the Men’s 800 Metres and Usain Bolt completing the double double by winning the 200 Metres.
David Rudisha of Kenya was the out and out favourite for the 800 Metres Gold medal. There was good reason for that. He led the final from start to finish and while the battle was going on for the minor placings Rudisha crossed the line well ahead of the chasing field in a new World Record. But the following field were not slouching either, every one of them ran a new personal best or created a new national record. The 800 metres at the London Olympics will be long remembered.
The semi-finals of the Women’s 4 x 100 relay followed. The Americans blitzed the first heat, even though they rested their star sprinters. The Jamaicans came in second in the second semi, marginally behind Ukraine. They had a dodgy changeover on the third leg and also have some speedsters to bring in for the final. The Gold will probably be fought out between the USA and Jamaica, but do not discount Ukraine or Trinidad and Tobago.
There was more success for Jamaica in the 200 Metres final. Usain Bolt got away fast and ran a great bend to go into the straight in front of the field. He of course increased his lead, only to do his traditional slow down at the line. Yohan Blake was once again right behind him and Warren Weir came in third for a Jamaican clean sweep of the medals. The strength of Jamaica in sprinting is astounding for a tiny island nation with a population of less than 3 million people.
Usain Bolt and his compatriots celebrated hard again. This time Bolt even turned the tables on the press photographers, borrowing a camera from one of them and taking their photograph, as well as more of the crowd and fellow medal winners. Apart from being the world’s greatest sprinter, he is also one its biggest showman, which is why the crowds flock to the stadium whenever he runs.
Three other athletics medals were decided on day 13. Christian Taylor of the USA won the Men’s Triple Jump and Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic won the Women’s Javelin. Ashton Eaton of the USA won the Decathlon, ahead of countryman Trey Hardee, but it is those track events that are worth bottling.
The Women’s Football (Soccer) competition was finalized with USA winning the Gold by beating Japan 2-1 Canada claimed the Bronze with a 1-0 win over France. By now we were getting a little tired of hearing the US anthem.
Great Britain claimed three more Gold medals on day 13. Jade Jones won the Women’s 57Kg category in Taekwondo and Charlotte Dujardin won the Individual Dressage. Nicola Adams made history by winning the first ever Olympic Boxing medal for women, in the Flyweight division.
In Kayaking Australia‘s Men’s K4 1000m crew of Tate Smith, David Smith, Murray Stewart and Jake Clear won Gold, Australia’s 6th of these games which brought them into the top ten on the medal table.
But Aussie fortunes were not so good elsewhere with the Opals losing the Women’s Basketball semi-final to the USA 86-73. They will now play Russia for the Bronze medal. The Men’s Hockey team the Kookaburras, bowed out their semi-final losing 4-2 to Germany. In Women’s Water Polo Australia won the Bronze medal beating Hungary in the play off. The USA won the Gold medal beating Spain 8-5 in the final.