Itís Jamaica again with a world record
Third gold for sprint merchant Bolt:
Jamaica fortified their position in the newly taken over Ďworld track
power houseí on Day 13 of the XXiXth Olympic Games continued in the
Chinese capital here today.
The US downfall in the Olympic track supremacy continued at the
Birdís Nest today. Having made a baton change blunder in the qualifying
round, the USA not only missed a place in the menís 4 x 100m final but
also lost their 15-year-old world record to the mighty Jamaicans.
Thus, the Caribbean nation confirmed their new-found status as the
greatest sprinting nation in the world, shuttering the menís 4 x 100m
relay a world record held by the USA since 1993. That also marked the
fastest man at the Beijing Olympics - Usain Boltís third gold medal in
Beijing after a majestic sprint double.
Todayís victory was always within Jamaicaís reach as anchor man Asafa
Powell crossed the finish line in 37.10 seconds to signal a new world
record. Nesta Carter led off the Jamaican quartet, passing to Michael
Frater who stormed up the back straight.
With a significant lead already in their grasp, world 100m and 200m
record holder Bolt sailed around the final bend further extending the
gap, before handing the baton to Powell to put the finishing touches
with the anchor lap.
The menís 100m silver medalist in Beijing - Richard Thompson anchored
Trinidad & Tobago home to the silver medal in 38.06, with Japan taking
the bronze in 38.15.
Jamaica, which won the god medals in menís 100m and 200m and well as
womenís 100m and 200m, further consolidated their position as the
champion sprint nation, winning their first menís 4 x 100m relay gold in
Olympic history. The mighty Jamaicans have sealed their track and field
supremacy with six gold, three silver and one bronze at the Birdís Nest.
But it was Russia which took the womenís 4x100m relay gold with a
time of 42.31 seconds through Evgeniya Polyakova, Aleksandra Fedoriva,
Yulia Gushchina and Yuliya Chermoshanskaya. The silver went to reigning
world championships bronze medalist Belgian team, this time made up of
Olivia Borlee, Hanna Marien, Elodie Ouedraogo, and Kim Gevaert, in a
time of 42.54s.
Though the USA and Jamaica were expected to have a neck to neck
tussle for womenís 100m gold, it was not so after the American women too
were disqualified in the semifinal. Jamaica stumbled in the second
changeover, taking Great Britain with them.
Jamaicaís Shelly-Ann Fraser was the fastest starter and team mate
Sherone Simpson maintained the lead in the back straight. However, a
mix-up between 100m silver medalists Simpson and Kerron Stewart of
Jamaica led to a dropped baton and Russia grabbed the opportunity to win
their fourteenth Athletics medal here.
Edwards was just as baffled by the bad pass, ďI donít know what
really happened; Iím obviously disappointed. It was my chance to be a
American Bryan Clay completed his triumph in the menís decathlon to
win the gold medal with a total of 8791 points. Clay, silver medalist at
Athens 2004, began the competition winning by the 100m in 10.44 seconds
and he was never threatened for first place. Only in the final 1500m
discipline did he lag behind, which extinguished his hopes of breaking
the world record.
Steve Hooker of Australia accounted for the gold medal in menís pole
vault after clearing 5.96m. The silver medal was won by Russian Evgeny
Lukyanenko with a clearence of 5.85m. Ukraineís Denys Yurchenko took the
bronze at 5.70m.
Ethiopia maintained its long distance supremacy when Tirunesh Dibaba
won her second gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. She won womenís
5,000m gold medal in 15 minutes and 41.40 seconds.
Turkeyís Elvan Abeylegesse took the silver in 15:42.74 and another
Ethiopian Meseret Defar, the defending champion, won the bronze in
Brazilian Maurren Higa Maggi won her countryís second gold medal of
the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games when she leaped a seasonís best of 7.04m
to win the womenís long jump. She ended Russian Tatyana Lebedevaís
dominance in the event. The Athens 2004 champion, who won three of the
last four world championships, took silver.
Lebedeva had been in second place all through the competition with
6.97m. After four no jumps, the best she could manage with her last
effort was a seasonís best 7.03m, a centimeter short of Maggi.
Dutch women win hockey gold
The Netherlands beat China 2-0 in the final of the Womenís hockey
tournament to give the 14-time Champions Trophy top-three finisher its
first Olympic womenís gold since 1984.
Giant killers China stunned everybody by defeating Athens Olympic
champion Germany in the semis. A relative newcomer to the sport, China
earns its best ever Olympic finish in Hockey by winning silver. Two
second-half goals by Naomi van As and Maartje Goderie of the Netherlands
sealed the game for the Dutch who plotted and executed a brilliant plan
that brought China to a virtual standstill.
The Netherlands, who won their only other gold medal at the 1984 Los
Angeles Games and had lost to Germany in the 2004 Games final in Athens,
owed their success on Friday to captain Minke Booij who marshaled the
Dutch defense to frustrate the Chinese attacks.
China remains on top
Hosts China sailed smoothly in the top position of the final medals
table with a rich haul of 47 gold medals, 17 silver and 25 bronze. The
Americans still trail by 16 gold medals to remain in the second spot
with only 31 gold, 36 silver and 35 bronze medals. Great Britain
continued to enjoy another fruitful day and maintained their third
position with 18 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze medals.
In the fourth place is Russia with 17 gold, 18 silver and 22 bronze
medals, followed by fifth-placed Germany - 14 gold, nine silver and 13