Olympic Track and Field 2012 Day 8 Results: Medal Winners, Analysis & More
The best athletes in the world continued to shine during the 2012 London Olympics, with the eighth day of track and field competition taking center stage.
Friday's track action included six medal events, two men's and four women's, and saw the United States push their total track and field medal count to 26. Russia and Jamaica are tied for second at 10, while Kenya and Germany round out the top five with eight apiece.
Here are the complete results from Day 8's track and field events.
Men's Pole Vault - Final
Gold: Renaud Lavillenie, France
Silver: Bjorn Otto, Germany
Bronze: Raphael Holzdeppe, Germany
Renaud Lavillenie of France dominated in the men's pole vault, setting an Olympic record by clearing 5.97 meters. He was unable to topple the world record of 6.14 (Sergey Bubka - Ukraine, 1994), but he made his country proud with his efforts.
Women's 4x400-Meter Relay - Round 1
The United States women look primed to win gold in the 4x400 relay, as they cruised to a first place finish in qualifying. The USA finished in 3:22.09, with Russia (3:23.11) and Great Britain (3:25.05) rounding out the top three.
Since Russia, Great Britain and fourth-place finisher Jamaica all ran season-bests, it's hard to imagine them improving enough to overtake the US.
Look for Keshia Baker, Francena McCorory, Diamond Dixon and Dee Dee Trotter to add another gold for the USA in Saturday's final.
Women's Hammer Throw - Final
Gold: Tatyana Lysenko, Russia
Silver: Anita Wlodarczyk, Poland
Bronze: Betty Heidler, Germany
Betty Heidler set the world record in 2011, throwing 79.42 meters. Unfortunately, she was unable to duplicate that performance and had to settle for bronze.
Tatyana Lysenko took advantage of Heidler's missteps, winning with an Olympic record throw of 78.18. That was a full meter better than Heidler, and just enough to beat out silver medalist Wlodarczyk (77.60).
Men's 4x100-Meter Relay - Round 1
With big names like Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay sitting out of the preliminary rounds, Friday's results may have not been the best indicator of how the finals will shake out.
The USA took first in the qualifying, finishing with a national record time of 37.38. That was barely good enough to beat out the Jamaicans, who cruised to the finish line in 37.39 to win their heat.
Canada (38.05), Japan (38.07) and Trinidad & Tobago (38.10) also look to be medal contenders for Saturday's final.
Women's 5,000-Meter - Final
Gold: Meseret Defar, Ethiopia
Silver: Vivian Jepkemoi, Kenya
Bronze: Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopia
Ethiopia and Kenya dominated the women's 5,000-meter run, as they claimed each of the top six spots.
Defar won with a time of 15:04.25, just barely enough to beat Jepkemoi (15:04.73). World record-holder Dibaba wasn't far behind, finishing in 15:05.15 to claim the bronze.
Women's 4x100-Meter Relay - Final
The United States women set a new world record on Friday, posting a ridiculous time of 40.82 seconds. That was more than half a second faster than the previous world record of 41.37, which was set by East Germany in 1985.
Carmelita Jeter anchored the team, which also included Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Tianna Madison.
Jamaica (41.41) and Ukraine (42.04) both set national records, but neither was quick enough to keep up with Jeter and the USA.
Women's 1,500-Meter - Final
Gold: Asli Cakir Alptekin, Turkey
Silver: Gamze Bulut, Turkey
Bronze: Maryam Yusuf Jamal, Bahrain
The Turkish women separated themselves from the pack in the 1,500, with Cakir Alptekin finishing in 4:10.23, just ahead of her compatriot, Bulut, who ran a 4:10.40.
Also reaching the podium was Yusuf Jamal, who finished the race in 4:10.74. American Shannon Rowbury took sixth.
Men's 4x400-Meter Relay - Final
Bronze: Trinidad and Tobago
The Bahamas set a national record on their way to the gold, finishing the 4x400 in 2:56.72.
The United States team of Bryshon Nellum, Joshua Mance, Tony McQuay and Angelo Taylor finished second (2:57.05), while Trinidad and Tobago took home the bronze with a national record time of 2:59.40.
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