There were several marquee performances from Day 15 of the 2012 London Olympics. World records were set and other events ended in stunning surprise.
At the same time, some events played out as planned.
Let’s take a look at the best and most impressive performances from the second-to-last day of the 2012 Olympics.
Jamaica: Men’s 4x100-Meter Gold Medal Run
The Jamaican men’s 4x100-meter team set the world record in the relay event Saturday evening. Their time, 36.84 seconds, destroyed the previous world record by two-tenths of a second.
In a sport of inches, that is a significant achievement for the Jamaicans.
That was the United States coming in just behind the blazing fast Usain Bolt of Jamaica.
The U.S. earned themselves the silver medal, tying the old world record but falling short to the new record that was set right in front of them. They even made it interesting until Bolt took the baton and ran away with the new world record.
USA: Women’s 86-50 Basketball Gold-Medal Victory
The U.S. women had the advantage in every game they played until they met another undefeated team in France, with the gold medal on the line. At least that’s what some thought.
France posed little challenge and the Americans dispatched them easily to record their 41st straight Olympic-play victory and fifth consecutive gold medal.
This was truly a dominant end to an impressive summer for the U.S. women.
Russia: Overall Track and Field Performance
The Russians exuded overall dominance of the track and field events on Saturday. While they didn’t win the higher-profile team relays, they racked up the most medals for the day, winning four golds, two silvers and two bronze on Day 9 of the track events.
USA: Men’s 10-Meter Platform Diving
David Boudia shocked the world and defeated the defending world champion, Bo Qui of China, to claim the gold medal for the United States.
Going into the final dive, Boudia and Bo Qui trailed Tom Daley of Great Britain, but they both surpassed him with gutsy and clutch dives.
It was Boudia, though, who stole the show and took home the gold for America.
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