Track and Field

London 2012 Track and Field: Biggest Surprises from This Year's Games

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12:  Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda celebrates as he approaches the line to win gold in the Men's Marathon on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Mall on August 12, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Alex HallCorrespondent IIIAugust 12, 2012

The track and field events might not have started until Day 8 of the 2012 Olympics, but those events produced some shocking results and epic stories during the last half of the Summer Games. Here's a look at some of the most surprising track and field moments in London. 

 

Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich Wins Men's Marathon

Stephen Kiprotich was not expected to medal, let alone win the men's marathon event the final day of the Olympics. But he did just that.

Kiprotich not only won himself a gold medal by finishing the race in just over two hours and eight minutes, but he earned Uganda its first London medal and only its second ever track and field gold.

It was easy to see the marathon winner knew how much this win meant to his country, telling the Associated Press (via FoxSports): "People didn't expect Uganda. They thought Kenya, Ethiopia. 'Being unknown, now I'm known...I made history with my people."

The Olympics are the perfect stage for underdogs to shine and pull off an upset that will be heard across the globe. That is exactly what Kiprotich did when he won the London men's marathon, bringing a combination of a medal and pride to his entire country.

 

Team USA's 4x100-Meter Relay Women's Team

When you break a world record that was called untouchable for 27 years, that qualifies you for this list. The U.S. team didn't just break East Germany's old world record, they broke it with ease, as they finished the relay in just 40.82 seconds.

The Americans were already in the lead heading into the final hand-off, where Carmelita Jeter would run a phenomenal final lap and clinch the victory for her nation.

Jeter's teammate, Allyson Felix, explained her feelings after the victory to Amy Shipley of the Washington Post, saying, "It was an absolutely unbelievable feeling. For so long . . . the records have been so out of reach. To look up and see we had a world record, it was just crazy."

This women's 4x100-meter relay team won the United States' first gold medal in the event since the 1996 Atlanta Games with a performance that not even the biggest track enthusiasts could have seen coming.

 

Usain Bolt Tries His Hand at DJing

Yeah, you read that right, don't worry.

Considering how dominant Bolt has been over his career, it probably didn't surprise anybody to see him win gold in all three events he competed in at the games.

What is surprising however, is that the talented sprinter decided to try his hand at DJing for the London public. The Jamaican track star took to the Puma Yard club in East London and entertained the masses with his MCing skills after Day 15 of the Olympics had come to a close.

Bolt elaborated on the reason for his decision to the Associated Press (via the Washington Post), stating, "I’m feeling great. I am happy and I did what I did and I came here to be legend. I am now so I am very happy with myself."

Bolt is indeed a track legend thanks to his performance at the London Games, and it appears he knew just how to celebrate earning that title.

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