USA Throws Series of One-Two Punches

The red, white and blue had a great day in London on Wednesday, winning golds on the sand and on the track.

B. Redd Reddochby B. Redd Reddoch

The American Olympic team started to pull ahead in the medal count with a series of pairs dominating their events. With the women Track & Field team leading the way, the United States increased its total to 81 total medals including 32 golds. China has more gold with 34 but trails the overall point total with only 77.

Allyson Felix finally won gold in the Women’s 200 Meter. She came from behind in the final sixty meters to pass rival Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraiser-Pryce  and fellow American Carmelita Jeter. Jeter ended up with the bronze. It was a major weight lifted off of Felix’s career’s shoulders as she finished with silver in the past two Olympics.

Breaking a 24-year drought, Brittney Reese clinched the gold in the women’s long jump. She became only the second American female to win a gold in the event after Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Another American, Janay Deloach easily took the bronze. Much like Felix, Reese was seeking redemption after a disappointing Beijing games in 2008 with a fifth place finish.

On the men’s side, two more Americans took home medals in the 110 Meters Hurdles. Aries Merritt took gold over reigning World Champion Jason Richardson. Their 1-2 finish was aided by Cuba’s Dayron Robles coming up limping part way through the race killing his chance to defend his Gold from China.

It was easy to guess that America would win gold in women’s beach volleyball, as both teams were from California. The duo of Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Traynor took home their third gold medal by defeating countrymen Jennifer Kessy and April Ross. Jennings and May-Traynor retire after going undeafted in 21 straight matches spanning twelve years.

Also, medaling was Lashinda Demus in the Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles who took the Silver losing by fractions of second to Russian Natalya Antyukh.

 

Medal Count
USA 81
China 77
Russia 52
Great Britain 48
Germany 32

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