The London Olympics Day 11 – Sally Pearson Wins Gold for Australia


Highlights and Results from Day 11 at The London Olympics 2012

The track medal that Australia has been waiting for became a reality on the 11th day of the London Olympics. Sally Pearson fulfilled her dream of Olympic Gold in the 100M Hurdles on Tuesday evening in London. Sally went out fast from the start in the final and led in the early stages. But Dawn Harper of the USA came after her hard and the final result was a photo finish with Sally finishing only two hundredths of a second in front of Harper. Americans filled the finishing positions from two to four, with Kellie Wells claiming the Bronze.

Sally Pearson

Sally Pearson celebrates after winning Olympic Gold in the 100M Hurdles

Celebrations were lively, as expected and the feeling for Australian fans seems to be as excited as Pearson’s own. Combined with the Gold that Anna Meares collected in the Velodrome this meant the Australia was elevated to 11th on the medal table and above New Zealand, which seemed to be the most important thing in the Australian press.

In the field at the Athletics stadium two medals were decided. The Men’s High Jump was won by Ivan Ukhov of Russia and the Men’s Discus by Germany’s Robert Harting.

Following Sally Pearson’s win the Men’s 1500M was decided in a lively race with lots of bumping and pushing. Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria ran an amazing last 400 metres. So fast it was hard to believe that he had already run 1100 metres before it. He ran down all of his competition and narrowly beat Leonel Manzano of the USA who also cleared the field at the finish. The Kenyans and Ethiopians were relegated to 6th 7th and the last two positions.

There will of course be controversy over this event, as Makhloufi was disqualified from the games earlier in the week, for not trying in the 800M heats. But he came up with a doctor’s sick note and was reinstated. Personally I believe that common sense prevailed, as he did not want to compete in the 800 and was forced to only because the Algerian team never withdrew his nomination in time. But maybe they could have come up with a note from his mum before the race started.

Victoria Pendleton and Anna Meares

Victoria Pendleton and Anna Meares with their Silver and Gold medals for the women’s sprint

As mentioned earlier Anna Meares scored another Gold for Australia in the Women’s Cycling Sprint. finally beating Great Britain’s Victoria Pendleton after she was disqualified in the first race for riding out of the sprint lane. Pendleton won Silver in the three race event. But the British run of Cycling success continued with Sir Chris Hoy winning the Keirin and Laura Trott the Women’s Omnium on the last day at the Velodrome. Great Brittain finished with a remarkable 7 Golds, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze. Australia, their closest rivals, managed only the 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze.

British brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee won Gold and Bronze in the Men’s Triathlon. The event took place mainly in Hyde Park and the route was lined with cheering fans 12 deep most of the way. Javier Gomez of Spain separated the brothers to claim the Silver in the event, which involves a 1,500 m (1,600 yd) swim followed by a 40 km (24.9 miles) bike ride and a 10 km (6.2 miles) run.

Great Britain added another Gold to their tally on horseback in the Dressage, beating out Germany and the Netherlands who claimed Silver and Bronze.

In Women’s Basketball the Australian Opals beat China and now face the USA in the semi final. Basketball fans will be looking forward to the same fixture in the men’s quarter final today.

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