Jamaica again, Usain Bolt again. There’s nothing quite like the men’s 100 meters finals, determining the fastest man in the world, and once again it was the Jamaican, running and setting a new Olympic record with 9.63, putting last year and all the criticism behind him, setting himself in a world of his own when it comes to sprints, winning his fourth Olympic gold medal in four finals.
Men’s 100 meters – Usain Bolt, once again, repeating his Olympic gold with a new Olympic record of 9.63. Yohan Blake set a new personal best with 9.75 to take silver and Justin Gatlin of the United States took bronze with a personal best of 9.79. Seven of the 8 runners ran faster than 10 seconds.
Men’s 3000 meters steeplechase – Ezeqiel Kemboi of Kenya (where else…) took gold, repeating his acievment from Athens, followed the silver medalist from Beijing, Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France, the mascot abuser, with another silver medal. Another Kenyan, Abel Mutai, took bronze.
Men’s hammer throw – Krisztian Pars of Hungary took the gold medal with 80.59, just ahead of Primoz Kozmus of Slovenia with 79.39, the man who took gold in Beijing, now taking silver, and Koji Murofushi of Japan, the gold medalist from Athens, taking Bronze.
Women’s 400 meters – Sanya Richards-Ross of the United States, the bronze medalist from Beijing and two-time relay gold medalist won her first individual gold with an impressive final 100 meters, coming ahead of the Beijing gold medalist, Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain and DeeDee Trotter of the United States taking bronze.
Women’s marathon – Tiki Gelena of Ethiopia took the gold medal, setting a new Olympic record with 2:23:07, followed by Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya taking silver and Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova of Russia with bronze.
Women’s triple jump – Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan fulfilled the predictions and won the gold medal with 14.98, followed by Catherine Ibarguen of Colombia with silver and Olha Saladukha of Ukraine, the world champion, with bronze.
Men’s Greco-Roman 55 kilograms – Hamid Sourian of Iran took gold, beating Royshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan who took silver for the second straight time. Peter Modos of Hungary and Mingiyan Semenov of Russia took bronze.
Men’s Greco-Roman 74 kilograms – Roman Vlasov of Russia, the world champion, took the Olympic gold, beating Arsen Julfalakyan of Armenia in the final. Aleksandr Kazakevic of Lithuania and Emin Ahmadov of Azerbaijan took bronze.
Men’s singles – Lin Dan of China defended his Olympic title by beating his big rival Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia for the second straight Olympics. Chen Long of China took bronze.
Men’s doubles – Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China beat the Danish duo to take another Chinese gold, while South Korea took bronze.
Cycling – Men’s omnium
Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark too the first gold in a new Olympic event, coming ahead of Bryan Coquard of France (silver) and Ed Clancy of Great Britain with bronze.
Diving – Women’s 3 meters springboard
No surprise as Wu Minxia took gold with ease, her fourth Olympic gold medal and first in the individual event, followed by He Zi of China with silver and Laura Sanchez of Mexico with bronze.
Fencing – Men’s team foil
Italy took gold, beating Japan in the final, taking silver, the nation’s first medal ever at this event. Germany took bronze.
Men’s floor – Zou Kai of China became the first man to defend his Olympic title, winning his second gold medal in London and fifth of his career. He was followed by the all-around champion from Japan, Kohei Uchimura with silver and Denis Ablyazin of Russia with bronze.
Men’s pommel horse – Krisztian Berki of Hungary took gold, followed by two from Great Britain – Louis Smith with silver and Max Whitlock with bronze.
Women’s vault – Sandra Izbasa of Romania won her second Olympic gold medal (first one in Beijing, floor), followed by McKayle Maroney of the United States with silver and Maria Paseka of Russia with bronze.
Men’s finn – Great Britain’s Ben Ainslie took his fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal at this event, followed by Jonas Hogh-Christensen of Denmark with silver and Jonathan Lobert of France.
Men’s star – The Swedish duo of Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen took a surprising gold with the British duo, who nearly had gold guaranteed, failed on the medal race, finishing with silver, just ahead of Brazil with bronze.
Shooting – Men’s 50 meters pistol
Jin Jong-oh of South Korea defended his title from Beijing, winning his second gold medal in London and third in the Olympic games. Chi Young-Rae, also of South Korea, took silver; Wang Zhiwei of China took bronze.
Men’s singles – Andy Murray destroyed Roger Federer, getting revenge for the Wimbledon final with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 win, denying Federer the gold medal he wanted. Juan Martin Del Potro beat Novak Djokovic for the bronze.
Women’s doubles – Serena and Venus Williams took gold for the United States, beating the Czech duo in the final while the Russian took bronze.
Mixed doubles – The Belarussian duo of Viktoria Azarenka and Max Myirni were too much for the British duo of Andy Murray, right after his final, and Laura Robson. The United States took bronze.
Weightlifting – Women’s +75 kilograms
Zhou Lulu of China, the world champion took the gold medal, followed by Tatiana Kashirina of Russia with silver and Hripsime Khurshudyan of Armenia with bronze.
Not a great day for the United States, taking only two gold medals through the Williams sisters and the women’s 400 meters, while China excelled in their usual fields. Great Britain had another fine day, retaining their third spot in the games.
|2||United States (USA)||28||14||18||60|
|3||Great Britain (GBR)*||16||11||10||37|
|4||South Korea (KOR)||10||4||6||20|
|11||North Korea (PRK)||4||0||1||5|
|13||South Africa (RSA)||3||1||0||4|
|14||New Zealand (NZL)||3||0||4||7|
|26||Czech Republic (CZE)||1||3||1||5|
|Chinese Taipei (TPE)||0||1||0||1|
|Hong Kong (HKG)||0||0||1||1|
|Total (61 NOCs)||161||163||177||501|