Olympic Results 2012: Nations That Impressed in Track and Field Events

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIAugust 6, 2012

Track and field events are finally in full swing at the 2012 London Games, something that a particular few nations are excited about, while others aren't exactly elated.

It is easy to forget that there is still plenty of Olympic competition to be consumed after 10 days of absolutely thrilling spectacles.

Luckily for the common fan, we still have about a week of the Olympics left. If the last half is anything like the first half, there will be no shortage of storylines to talk about.

Here you will find the nations that have put on the best showing in track and field thus far.

 

Jamaica: 2 Gold Medals, 1 Bronze, 1 Silver

It's no surprise to see Jamaica on this list, as it consistently produces the best short-distance runners in the world year after year.

In London, the main story is Usain Bolt's second-straight gold medal in the 100-meter dash, and he will go for his second-straight sweep when he runs the 200-meter dash.

Lost in the shuffle is Yohan Blake, the 22-year-old phenom who won the silver medal that was overshadowed by Bolt's dominance. He has proved that he is the heir to Bolt's throne as not only the top Jamaican sprinter, but the best in the world.

Jamaica is also home to the fastest woman in the world. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce narrowly edged out Carmelita Jeter and fellow countrywoman and bronze medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown.

 

United States: 2 Gold Medals, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze

The United States women have accounted for both of the country's two gold medals. Sonya Richards-Ross and Jennifer Suhr finished atop the field in the 400-meter final and the pole vault competition.

Michael Tinsley won the silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles, while Carmelita Jeter and Galen Rupp placed second in the men's 10,000-meter final and the women's 100-meter dash.

Justin Gatlin won his first medal since the Athens Games with a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash. Reese Hoffa and Will Claye both took home bronze medals in the men's shot put and long jump.

DeeDee Trotter was beat out by Richards-Ross and Christine Ohuruogu in the 400-meter final.

The Americans are known for their success in track and field events, and the London Games have affirmed that belief.

 

Great Britain: 3 Gold medals, 1 Silver

Great Britain has been very efficient when it comes to gold medal-to-overall medal ratio as the host country for these Olympic Games.

Greg Rutherford easily won the long jump competition, beating out Australia's Mitchell Watt by 0.15 meters. Mohamed Farah won his first Olympic gold medal in the 10,000-meter race and Jessica Ennis triumphed in the women's heptathlon.

Christine Ohuruogu won a silver medal in the women's 400-meter final to round out the medals for Great Britain.

There will be more opportunities to stockpile even more medals for the home nation, as the athletes continue to prove their country's worth in front of the home crowd.


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