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Olympic Track and Field 2012 Day 5 Results: Medal Winners, Highlights & More

Ian HanfordFeatured Columnist IVNovember 1, 2016

Olympic Track and Field 2012 Day 5 Results: Medal Winners, Highlights & More

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    Medals were handed out in four more events on Day 5 of London's Summer Olympics. The action is in full swing, and it hasn't disappointed so far.

    World-record holders have defended what is theirs. Surprising candidates have emerged for their shot at a medal, and every event is steeped in eager competition.

    This is what London is all about. Track and field is a massive part of the Summer Games, and this year's competitors should have everyone tuning in.

    Let's take a look at Day 5's action and how things shook out.

Men's 1500-Meter Final

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    Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi edged out Team USA's Leo Manzano for the medal in the men's 1500-meter run. Abdalaati Iguider took third and earned a bronze medal.

    Records weren't broken in this race, but Makhloufi raced excellently. He held off Manzano's season best with a 3:34.08 when it mattered the most.

    View full final results here.

     

    Gold: Taoufik Makhloufi, Algeria

    Silver: Leo Manzano, USA

    Bronze: Abdalaati Iguider, Morocco

Women's 100-Meter Hurdles Semifinal and Final

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    Team USA took two of the top three spots in the women's 100-meter hurdles final, but Sally Pearson retained her reputation as the world's best in this event. Pearson broke the Olympic record with her 12.35-second effort.

    Pearson was followed by Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells and Lolo Jones. Harper set her personal best in her silver-medal effort, and Wells did the same to win the bronze.

    Jones is certainly disappointed after failing to win a medal, but she ran a solid race.

    The top runners were in this final after the semifinal earlier on Tuesday, and this one was exciting.

    View full semifinal results here.

    View full finals results here.

     

    Gold: Sally Pearson, Australia

    Silver: Dawn Harper, USA

    Bronze: Kellie Wells, USA

Women's 200-Meter Semifinal

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    The women's 200-meter run is a highly-contested event, and we will see who earns their keep in Wednesday's final.

    The semifinals saw the usual suspects climb to the top. Veronica Campbell-Brown eked by Carmelita Jeter to win Heat 1, and Myriam Soumare also managed to qualify with her third-place finish.

    Allyson Felix won Heat 2 while running the fastest time in semifinal action (22.31 seconds). She was followed by Murielle Ahoure and Semoy Hackett who also earned a finals bid.

    View full semifinal results here.

Men's 800-Meter Semifinals

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    We will have to wait until Thursday to find out the medal winners in the men's 800-meter, but we do know the final field.

    Abubaker Kaki and Nijel Amos both qualified in Heat 1. They were neck and neck (as you can see), and their competition will continue over to the finals. The two athletes were separated by three-one hundredths of a second.

    David Rudisha paced the group in Heat 2 with Andrew Osagie and Team USA's Nick Symmonds also qualifying for Thursday's final heat.

    View full semifinal results here.

Men's Discus Throw Final

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    London's best discus throwers have been determined with medals being handed out on Tuesday.

    Germany's Robert Harding won the gold medal with a 68.27-meter (223'11") toss in the decisive final. Coming in right behind him was Iran's Ehsan Hadadi and Estonia's Gerd Kanter.

    The three medalists all threw over 68 meters, but no one was able to match Harding's mark.

    View full final results here.

     

    Gold: Robert Harding, Germany

    Silver: Ehsan Hadadi, Iran

    Bronze: Gerd Kanter, Estonia

Women's Long Jump Qualification

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    One round of women's long jump qualification is in the books. Great Britain's Shara Proctor set the best mark on Tuesday, but Janay DeLoach was not far behind for the Americans.

    Karin Mey Melis is another athlete to keep an eye on. She finished just behind Proctor in Group A, and she jumped her season's best (6.80 meters).

    There's still plenty of action left here, but all indications point to tight competition.

    View full qualification results here.

Men's High Jump Final

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    The medal winners for the men's high jump have been determined. Russia's Ivan Ukhov held off Team USA's Eric Kynard to win the gold medal.

    The best story from this final deals with the bronze medal. Three athletes were awarded third place after jumping 2.29 meters or 7'6". Sometimes you see two bronze medals handed out (judo or wrestling), but three is almost unheard of.

    View final results here.

     

    Gold: Ivan Ukhov, Russia

    Silver: Eric Kynard, USA

    Bronze: Mutaz Essa Barshim, Qatar; Derek Drouin, Canada and Robert Grabarz, Great Britain

Men's 200-Meter, Round 1

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    The field for the men's 200-meter has been whittled down to 24 athletes.

    Usain Bolt didn't qualify with the fastest time. That honor goes to Ecaudor's Alex Quinonez's 20.28-second pace in Heat 6. Bolt's countryman Warren Weir was one-one hundredth of a second off that pace in Heat 5.

    The men's 200 is one of the most anticipated races remaining in the Olympics. Bolt's presence alone makes it must-watch TV. Stay tuned for the semifinals on Wednesday.

    View full Round 1 results here.

Women's 5000-Meter, Round 1

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    Saying Ethiopia "dominated" Round 1 of the women's 5000-meter would be an understatement. Ethiopian runners Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar were the top two finishers in Heat 1, and Gelete Burka set the pace in Heat 2.

    This race requires endurance and mental toughness. Dibaba's 14:58.48 was the best time and displayed those qualities the best.

    Team USA's Molly Huddle and Julie Culley each qualified for the final.

    View full Round 1 results here.

Men's Triple Jump Qualification

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    Team USA's Christian Taylor set the mark in men's triple jump qualification on Tuesday. He won Group B with his 17.21-meter (56'5.75") effort.

    Taylor wasn't the only American to qualify. Will Claye's effort in Group A was good enough for fourth place and a spot in the next round.

    Four jumpers cleared 17 meters (55'9.25") in qualifying. Expect those four to "duke it out" until the end as this event progresses.

    View full qualification results here.

Men's 110-Meter Hurdles, Round 1

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    No one approached world-record pace on Tuesday in the 110-meter hurdles, but the expected contenders did their best.

    Team USA's Aries Merritt ran the fastest qualifying time with a 13.07-second dash. He blew away the competition in Heat 5. Team USA's Jeff Porter and Jason Richardson also did well enough to qualify for the semifinal round.

    World-record holder Dayron Robles won his heat. Merritt will get a challenge from the elite sprinter when the stage is the largest.

    View full Round 1 results here.

Women's Javelin Throw Qualfication

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    Pointy objects were flying everywhere in London on Tuesday with the women's javelin throw getting underway.

    World-record holder Barbora Spotakova made the Czech Republic proud with her 66.19-meter (217'2") effort to win Group A. Sunette Viljoen, representing the Republic of South Africa, won Group B with a 65.92-meter (216'3") toss.

    They didn't have any standout performances, but Germany will have three representatives throwing in the next round.

    View full qualification results here.

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