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USA women's team break world record and claim gold in 4 x 100m

posted 10 Aug 2012, 17:48 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 10 Aug 2012, 17:49 ]

After so many failures in the relay USA women's team finally got it right, getting the baton around in a world record time to claim gold in the 4 x 100m

America's women left their great Jamaican rivals trailing to storm to gold in the Olympic sprint relay on Friday (August 10), running a perfect race to smash one of the oldest world records in the book.
Bungled handovers had denied the American women 4x100m gold at the last three Games, but Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter combined slickly to run 40.82 seconds, beating East Germany's 1985 world mark by more than half a second.

Jamaica finished second in a national record, only 0.04 seconds outside the old world record of 41.37.

Jamaica and the United States have carved up all the sprint golds between them so far in London.

Russia's Tatyana Lysenko, who watched the 2008 Olympics on TV while serving a two-year doping ban, won the women's hammer gold with an Olympic record throw of 78.18 metres.

Lysenko, who won the world championship title last year, beat the old Olympic record of 76.34 set by Askana Miankova in Beijing with her first throw of the night, 77.56m, then improved it with her fifth.

Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland took silver with 77.60 and German world record-holder Betty Heidler claimed a controversial bronze with 77.13 after having her fifth throw remeasured.

China's Zhang Wenxiu, who got bronze in Beijing, thought she had finished third again but was then relegated to fourth.

Chinese officials were unhappy with the decision and have launched an appeal.

Asli Cakir Alptekin led a Turkish 1-2 when she held off Gamze Bulut to win the women's Olympic 1,500 metres gold after delivering a powerful final

lap in a tactical, bunched race.

Alptekin, who won the European title in Helsinki two months ago, served a two-year ban for doping after testing positive in 2004.

She looked powerful and strong on Friday, coming home in four minutes, 10.23 with Bulut second in 4:10.40.

Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain was third and American Morgan Uceny, who fell in the 2011 world championship final, tumbled again on Friday and beat the track in tearful frustration.

France's European champion Renaud Lavillenie produced an Olympic record jump of 5.97 metres to win gold in the men's pole vault, with silver and bronze going to Germany.

Both Germany's Bjorn Otto, 34, and his 22-year-old compatriot Raphael Holzdeppe cleared 5.91m, but Holzdeppe had more missed attempts which meant Otto took silver.

Britain's Steve Lewis was fifth with an impressive 5.75m, while Australia's defending champion Steve Hooker crashed out early after three failed jumps.

Russia's Dzhamal Otarsultanov won gold in the final of the men's 55kg freestyle wrestling. He beat Georgia's Vladimer Khinchegashvili in the lightest weight class to give Russia their fourth wrestling gold of the Games and cement their position at the top of the medal table.

Otarsultanov, a three-time European champion, edged aside the Georgian in a tense and close-fought contest. His coach picked up the Russian in a fireman's lift and spun him round at the end of the bout as the noisy Russian contingent in the crowd cheered and waved the national flag.

Jordan Burroughs won the first U.S. wrestling gold of the London Olympics in the 74kg freestyle final. He beat Iran's Sadegh Goudarzi in a rematch of the 2011 world championship final, which Burroughs also won.

American fans roared and waved the Stars and Stripes at the end of the bout.

Burroughs, who cut his eye in an earlier round, ran around the wrestling mat waving the American flag.