Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 10:45 pm
On the last full day of competition in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the athletes are competing in 32 medal events. Many of these athletes are pretty darn fast — making it hard to keep tabs on them. So, here's a rundown of results from this afternoon's events, rolled up into one post:
American Brigetta Barrett has won the silver medal in the women's high jump, setting a personal best of 2.03 meters (6 feet 8 inches) to eke out a spot on the podium between two Russian athletes: Anna Chicerova, who jumped 2.05, and Svetlana Shkolina, who tied Barrrett at 2.03 meters.
Barrett, 22, took the silver over Shkolina because she cleared the height on her second attempt, while the Russian managed it on her third try. Neither of them could clear 2.05 to match Chicerova, who came into the games as the reigning world champion.
Mo Farah of Great Britain celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win gold ahead of Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia and Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa of Kenya. Farah, who has become a celebrity in Britain, is the sixth man to win both the 5,000m and 10,000m distances at one Olympics.
British runner Mo Farah has won the men's 5,000 meters, sending Olympic Stadium into a frenzy. His time of 13:41.66 barely edged Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia. American Bernard Lagat came in fourth, while Galen Rupp finished seventh.
Farah is now the sixth man in Olympic history to have won both the 5,000m and 10,000m events at the same Summer Games. He emerged at the front of the pack 700 meters from the finish, and held on to stay ahead of Gebremeskel.
Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 4:18 pm
Mexico shocked Brazil in the Olympic men's soccer final, winning gold 2-1, in a game in which it never trailed. Mexico's Oribe Peralta scored just 29 seconds into the game, after pouncing on a turnover to scorch a ball that tracked low and bounced to elude goalkeeper Gabriel.
France's gold medalist Julie Bresset (center), Germany's silver medalist Sabine Spitz (left) and U.S. bronze medalist Georgia Gould stand on the podium of the women's cycling cross-country mountain bike event in Benfleet, England.
Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:25 pm
U.S. cyclist Georgia Gould has won bronze in the women's mountain bike cross-country race. The gold medal went to France's Julie Bresset, who led from the start. Sabine Spitz of Germany won silver, after a late spill caused her to lose contact with Bresset.
On the penultimate day of the Olympics, an astounding 32 medal competitions will be decided today. Highlights include the men's soccer final, and women's basketball's gold medal game. Here's a quick rundown of events we'll be (trying to) watch:
Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 3:37 pm
NPR's Asma Khalid lived in London for two years, before moving to Washington, D.C. And when Khalid returned to England during this summer's Olympics, she found that things — perhaps even people — had changed. She explains:
I had never heard of Mo Farah.
But as soon as I stepped on British soil, I would have struggled to miss him — his face plastered on every paper, his name unashamedly idolized in an almost un-British like manner.
An unusual choice, perhaps, for a British national hero - a man born in Somalia.
Carmelita Jeter of the U.S. points at the time board as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 4x100 meter relay at the Olympic Stadium on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The U.S. set a new world record by finishing the race in 40.82 seconds.
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Carmelita Jeter of the U.S. points at the time board as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 4 x 100 relay on Day 14 of the London Games. The U.S. set a new world record by finishing the race in 40.82 seconds.
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Szabolcs Zubai of Hungary shoots over Magnus Jernemyr of Sweden during the men's handball semifinal.
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Dzhamal Otarsultanov of Russia (in red) and Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia wrestle during the men's freestyle 55-kilogram gold medal match. Otarsultanov won the event.
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The team from Italy performs during the rhythmic gymnastics group all-around qualifications.
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Latvia's Maris Strombergs leads the competition during the BMX cycling men's final. Strombergs won his second straight Olympic gold medal.
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Egypt competes in the team synchronized swimming free routine final.
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Maartje Paumen (center) of the Netherlands celebrates after a goal during the women's field hockey final against Argentina.
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Meseret Defar of Ethiopia celebrates winning gold in the women's 5,000 meters.
The London Summer Olympics are winding down, and by most accounts, the games have been a success. There were plenty of "thrill of victory, agony of defeat" moments; big, enthusiastic crowds — although there were too many blocks of empty seats; and for those who like a helping of scandal served up at their Olympics, there was that, too.
It wasn't the usual scourge of doping. Instead, the London Olympics had incidents of bending the rules and ethics of sport.
Now to London and some of today's Olympic results. Several American athletes picked up gold. At least one U.S. team that was expected to get gold did not and another team set a world record. NPR's Mike Pesca is in London with the details. And, Mike, let's start with track and field and the women's 4x100 relay, a sport where women - the U.S. women tend to dominate in that event. How about today?
MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: More than dominate, world record.
Kinesio tape has caught the eye of many an Olympic viewer the last two weeks — covering the muscles of volleyball players, javelin throwers, even swimmers. It was invented decades ago by a Japanese chiropractor. Athletes say it eases muscle strain and allows healing, but research has yet to prove the effectiveness of the tape. Melissa Block talks with Amy Powell, a sports medicine doctor at the University of Utah about the tape.
Rarely has cheating been such an issue at the Olympics until this year. From badminton to women's soccer to the South African swimmer who admitted cheating, athletes and their coaches are talking openly about gaming the system. And all of it, ironically, is playing out against the constant background music from Chariots of Fire, that iconic nod to gentlemanly, rule-observing sport.
Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 5:18 pm
The Bahamas men's team has won the 4x400m relay, edging past a surprisingly quick U.S. team to take the gold medal. It was the first gold medal for any male athlete from the Bahamas. The quartet ran a time of 2:56.72, setting a national record. The U.S. set a season best of 2:57.05 to take silver.
Trinidad and Tobago took the bronze medal, just ahead of Great Britain.
The Bahamas led the race after the first lap, with the U.S. running in second. And the two teams' runners stayed ahead of the pack, extending their lead to make it a two-team race.
Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 6:27 pm
Every nation that sent a delegation to the London Games sent at least one female athlete — a first for the Olympics. This year's Team USA has more female than male athletes — and the women have won nearly twice as many medals: 100 total medals, by my count, to 59 for the men.
So yes, it looks like this is the Year of the Woman at the Olympics, particularly for the United States.