Highlights and Results from Day 12 of the The London Olympics 2012
Australian Sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen won the Men’s 49er Gold on day 12 at the London Olympics. As we reported on Monday they only needed to finish their final race to pick up the Gold medal. New Zealand pair Peter Burling and Blair Tuke had the Silver sewn up in the same way. So at the end of the day Australia collected it’s 5th Gold of the London games and New Zealand its 100th ever Olympic medal.
The Australian Boomers Basketball team bowed out of the Olympics on day 12 after coming up against the USA Dream Team. The final score was 119-86 but the Boomers were within 3 points after half time. A scoring frenzy led by NBA superstar Kobe Bryant ensured that Team USA finished with a healthy margin. There was a nasty scuffle in the France v Spain match, but Spain finished 66-59 in front on the scoreboard, to progress to the semi-final.
In the Athletics stadium the biggest superstar of these games was ensuring a place in the 200 metres final and Usain Bolt remains on target for the Olympic double that he achieved in Beijing. Bolt won the second heat of the 200 metres with only the fourth fastest time of the semis. But like the semi final of the 100 metres, he was cruising at the end, leaving plenty to spare for the final. His great friend and Jamaican compatriot Yohan Blake once again had the fastest qualifying time, so another Jamaican one two looks to be on the cards.
Four medals were decided in the Athletics stadium on day 12. The Women’s Long Jump was won by Brittney Reece of the USA with a leap of 7.12 metres. Fellow American Janay Deloach picked up the Bronze. They were separated by Elena Sokolova of Russia.
The Women’s 400 metres Hurdles saw another Russian medal. Veteran Natalya Antyukh, at 31, clocked a personal best time to beat out Lashinda Demus of the USA and Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic.
The Women’s 200 metres was a battle of the sprinters, not only the traditional 100/200 metre competitors, but Sanya Richards-Ross the 400 metre Gold medallist was also well in the mix. But she could not match the starts of the 100 metre girls and finished fifth behind USA compatriot Allyson Felix, 100 metre champion Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Carmelita Jeter who collected the medals. Veronica Campbel-Brown of Jamaica came in 4th
The final medal race of the 12th evening was the Men’s 110 metres Hurdles where the USA achieved a Gold and Silver finish through Aries Merrit and Jason Richardson. Hansle Parchment of Jamaica won Bronze. British hope Lawrence Clarke achieved a creditable fourth and maybe can improve on that in Rio 2016.
The first five events of the Decathlon were completed with American Ashton Eaton leading the field on 5693 points. The 10 event battle of attrition took its toll, with British hopeful Daniel Awde and former Olympic champion Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic both pulling out with injuries.
In Boxing British Light-Welter Weight Tom Stalker was beaten in his quarter final by Mongolian Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg. It was a contentious decision and Stalker’s camp lodged a failed appeal.
Belfast light-flyweight Paddy Barnes and Flyweight Michael Conlan both secured Boxing medals for Ireland.