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Olympic Results 2012: Biggest Winners and Losers from Day 2 on the Track

Chris HummerAnalyst IAugust 5, 2012

Olympic Results 2012: Biggest Winners and Losers from Day 2 on the Track

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    Only two days into the track portion of 2012 Olympics, and Britain are already on top of the world.

    The host country had one of the best days they could hope for on Saturday, taking home three gold medals at Olympic Stadium.

    However, it wasn’t all smiles over in London; a few athletes had very disappointing days.

    So, let's take a look at the biggest winners and losers from the second day of competition on the track.

Winner: Greg Rutherford

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    Long-jumper Greg Rutherford shocked the world by taking home the gold last night.  

    In the process, the 25-year-old Brit ended a 48-year drought in the event for his home country.

    Rutherford has been saddled with injuries throughout his career, and there were doubts that he was capable of even delivering a medal in London.

    However, he proved everyone wrong, and brought about resounding cheers from the crowd with his jump of 27 and three-quarter feet.

    He did this in swirling winds that caused havoc for the rest of the competition, but Rutherford endured, and now his feat will go down in British lore.

Loser: LaShawn Merritt

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    It's always tough to label someone who was injured a loser, but that's how it has to feel for LaShawn Merritt.

    The defending Olympic champion in the 400-meter sprint, Merritt was eliminated in the preliminary round on Saturday morning after he pulled up in the middle of the race with a hamstring tweak.  

    This is extraordinarily disappointing for Merritt, as he was attempting to bounce back from an embarrassing 21-month drug suspension at these Games. 

    However, the injury will prevent him from redeeming himself, and also most likely takes away at his opportunity to race in the 4x400-meter relay event.

    This is a crushing injury for the 26-year-old, and it will take a while for him to recover from the letdown.

Winner: Mo Farah

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    Long-distance races are extraordinarily popular in Great Britain. Despite that love, the British have never won a 10,000-meter Olympic gold.

    Mo Farah was expected to correct that in London.

    All of the pressure was on Farah. The talented distance runner was favored to finally end the drought and earn gold.

    And despite the scrutiny, he delivered.

    He paced the field for almost the entirety of the race, and when it came down to the home stretch, he broke away from the pack and dashed to victory.

    Farah is one of the Games’ most incredible stories, and it was an awesome sight to see how emotional he and his fellow countrymen got after his victory on Saturday evening.

Winner: Jessica Ennis

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    It's hard to describe how much pressure heptathlete Jessica Ennis was under entering the Games.

    She was Britain's top hope for a medal, and was the one on the billboards and the commercials before the Games.  

    Ennis was Britain's "golden girl," and if she didn't come home with the gold in 2012, it would have been devastating.

    However, Ennis was up to the task and crushed the field in the heptathlon, capping off her victory with a sprint win in the 800-meter run.

    Ennis won by an incredible 306 points in the event, and did more than live up to expectations.

    Her victory capped off an amazing night for the British, one that the country will never forget.

     

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