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Usain Bolt Takes Gold in Olympic Record Time
6 August 2012
A superb weekend of Olympic history making and medals took place, especially for our Team GB who have reached 3rd in the overall Olympic medals table.
The main story of the weekend has to be the much talked about 100 meters final. All the hype has been of Usain Bolt, will he or won’t he? Well the answer was demonstrated clearly on the track and despite a poor start over the final 50m he pulled ahead of his rivals to win gold in an Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds. Fellow Jamaican Blake, followed in silver medal position with a personal best time of 9.75 and in bronze was American Gatlin, also with a personal best of 9.79. In fact all sprinters except Asafa Powell, the 3rd Jamaican in the race, finished in under ten seconds, and arguably he only finished outside the 10 second mark due to pulling up.
There were no Team GB representatives in the 100m final but Dwain Chambers, James Dasaolu and Adam Gemeli all competed in the semi final heats but could not do enough to secure a final place between them. Gemeli, only 18 showed much promise for the future with his performance in heat 3.
In the Men’s Singles Tennis, British No.1 Andy Murray beat Roger Federer of Switzerland in straight sets on the Wimbledon centre court in a repeat of the summers Wimbledon final, but with a more favourable outcome.
With a time of 27:30.42 in the Men’s 10,000m Mo Farah took gold ahead of his training partner Galen Rupp of the USA in silver and Ethiopian, Tariku Bekele in bronze position. More hopes rest with Farah in the 5k race.
Men’s Long Jumper Greg Rutherford cleared 8.31m to win gold for Team GB, beating Aussie Mitchell Watt and USA athlete Will Claye in the process. Brit Chris Tomlinson managed 6th with 8.07m.
Jessica Ennis, poster girl for the London 2012 Olympics secured gold for Great Britain in the Women’s Heptathlon, expectations were high for Ennis who delivered by dominating over the two days of the event also achieving personal bests. Jess beat German Lilli Schwarzkopf into silver and Tatyana Cherovoa of Russia into 3rd place bronze.
More gold came from the Cycling Women’s Team Pursuit as Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell beat the USA team in a world record time of 3:14.051
Still on the Cycling Track, this time in the Women’s Keirin, Victoria Pendleton made history by being the first ever female winner of the Keirin in an Olympic Games.
Further gold came in the from of the Cycling Men’s Team Pursuit Sprint with defending champions Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh beating the Australians in world record time of 3:51.659
Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins claimed gold for GB beating off Australia and Poland in the Rowing Women’s Double Sculls.
Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking beat the Greek and Chinese coming from behind to take gold in the Rowing Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls.
Still in the water, Men’s Coxless Fours crew of Andy Trigg Hodge, Pete Reed, Alex Gregory and Tom James held off Australia to take gold in an event Great Britain has had history of gold over recent times.
Ben Ainsley claimed his 4th consecutive gold in the Sailing Men’s Finn at Weymouth, beating Dane Jonas Hogh-Christenson into Silver. The medal makes Ainsley the most decorated sailor in Olympic history.
Christine Ohuruogu was beaten into 2nd place by Sanya Richards-Ross by a mere .015 seconds but just ahead of American bronze medal winner DeeDee Trotter, both the silver and bronze medallists performed season best’s.
British Mixed Doubles Tennis pairing of Andy Murray and Laura Robson ended a good run in the tournament with a silver medal, beaten in a championship tie break by the Belarusians.
In Gymnastics, on the Men’s Pommel Horse Louis Smith was just pipped to gold by Hungarian Krisztian Berki, both had same points of 16.066 but Berki gained the gold over Smith due to execution score.
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson took silver behind gold winning Sweden in the Sailing Men’s Star with Brazil just behind in the points to take bronze.
Denmark made a comeback in the Rowing Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls to leave Team GB’s Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter with a silver medal.
Ed Clancy also has an Individual bronze medal to his name with a 3rd placing in the Cycling Men’s Omnium, which is the first time the omnium has been included at the Olympics.
Max Whitlock achieved a bronze in the Gymnastics Men’s Pommel Horse behind fellow Brit silver medallist Louis Smith.
Rowing Men’s Pair team of George Nash and Will Snatch ended up with bronze behind New Zealand who took gold and France with silver.
Alan Campbell finished behind New Zealander Mahe Drysdale and Czech Ondrej Synek to pick up a bronze in the Rowing Silver Sculls.
Another medal in the Women’s Judo, this time in the +78kg category for Karina Bryant.
Rebecca Adlington in the Swimming 800m Freestyle emulated her bronze from the 400m, being beaten into 3rd by 15 year old American Katie Ledecky and Spaniard Belmonste Garcia.
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