Top 5 Recap: Day 2, Aug 4 of 2012 London Olympic Games
1. One Mo' For Britain- Farah & Rupp go 1-2
(I'm still shaking while writing this, but here it goes)
The Men's 10k has been getting more and more hyped up as the moments led closer and closer to the extroardinary 25-lap spectacle. To the fans favor, the race was one to go down into the history books. The pace dragged on in the begining stages with some leading from 1/2 Marathon record holder Tedesay from Eritrea and then a smaller group of runners started to form. With 1600m left in the race, the usual suspects, whom we've all been saying would be in the hunt, were right there licking their chops. Bang, 1 lap to go and its the Bekele's, training partners Rupp and Farah and others trying to hang on for dear life. We know Bekele is known for his blazing finishing speed, but that wasn't what we saw today as he was ousted as king of the 10,000m when a BRIT! took the title. First time an Englishman has won Gold in the 10,000m and first medal in the event since the great Billy Mills in '64. Also, Levins is the real deal.
Race updates/broken down here
2. Jessica Ennis wins Hep-breaks British Record!
In the final event of the Heptathalon, Jessica Ennis, the Brit, rolled out a 2:08.95 to cap off a victory in the Women's Hep and gain herself the British record in the process on her home turf! After several grueling events, Ennis is sure due her time to relax, sit back and enjoy the rest of the games because it's only going to get more exciting.
Hep Breakdown here
3. SAFP nips Jeter to claim W100m title (Shelly-Ann-Fraser-Price)
This was a baller field set up for the Women's 100m final here in London on a super fast track with the crowd already on their feet. Typical deal, the Jamaican-American duel with Jeter aiming to take the thrown. Gun goes off and it's a tight one with SAFP snipping Jeter by .03s 10.75-10.78.
Women's 100 Updates
4. Merritt out with Injury
This is not a happy #4 on the recap for day two of track competition for the US fans. If you didn't witness the upsetting race playout, Lashawn Merritt, the defending Olympic champion in the 400m was not able to finish his race today as he pulled up with a bum achillies, same injury he had in Monaco recently. He noted afterwards that he will be preparing for the 2013 World Championships, leading us to the assumption that he will not be participating in the 4x400 relay.
Men's 400 Updates
5. Chen Ding Sets Olympic Record in Race Walk
In front of a enormous crowd at the Pall Mall in London this morning, Chen Ding of China blitzed his way to a new Olympic Record in the Men's 20km race walk. Only 19 years old, he walked his way to a time of 1:18:46, 11 seconds ahead of the next closest finisher. Defending Oly champ, Borchin of Russia collapsed in the final stretch as he faught for the bronze medal with Zhen of China.