Sports Headlines from the Summer Olympics
August 11, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Usain Bolt won his sixth Olympic gold medal, running the anchor leg for a Jamaican team that set the world record in the men's 400-meter relay. For a second straight Summer Games, Bolt has claimed three gold medals, repeating the formula from four years ago in Beijing that saw him win the individual 100 and 200m races and 400m relay. The United States, which hasn't won the 400m relay since the 2000 Sydney Games, settled for silver. It was a marked improvement from 2008, when the Americans failed to medal after dropping the baton on the final handoff. Although Canada was next to cross the line, Trinidad and Tobago wound up taking bronze after it was ruled that the Canadians made an illegal handoff on the last exchange.
The United States won its fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal in the women's 1,600-meter relay, easily beating the field Saturday at the London Games. The American team, anchored by individual 400 champion Sanya Richards-Ross, completed the race in 3 minutes, 16.87 seconds to set a season-best mark. That easily beat Russia's time of 3:20.23, while Jamaica finished .72 seconds later for bronze. The U.S. team also featured Allyson Felix, DeeDee Trotter and Francena McCorory. Felix was the 200-meter champion here, while Trotter claimed bronze in the 400.
Great Britain's Mo Farah grabbed his second gold in a long distance race at the London Games, winning the men's 5,000 meters Saturday at Olympic Stadium. Farah is the only British runner to win an Olympic title in either the 5,000 or 10,000m, and by taking gold in both races here in London he is the sixth man to pull off the distance double at the same games. Farah led briefly early in the race, but made another move to the front with just under two laps remaining. He then held off a late challenge from Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel before finishing with a time of 13 minutes, 41.66 seconds. The British runner then fell to the track and did a few sit-ups in front of the elated home crowd. Gebremeskel crossed the finish line just .32 seconds later for silver. Kenya's Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa placed third with a time of 13:42.36, while Bernard Lagat of the United States was .63 seconds behind.