US Sprinter Felix Wins Women’s 200-Meter Gold in London Olympics

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. sprinter Allyson Felix's victory in the women's 200-meter race Wednesday at the 2012 London Olympics was the highlight of a huge night for the American track-and-field team.

Felix finally won gold after consecutive second place finishes in the 2004 and 2008 Games. Her time of 21.88 seconds beat Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who was seeking her second gold medal of the 2012 Games. American Carmelita Jeter took the bronze.

Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, the 2004 and 2008 gold medalist, finished fourth.

Brittney Reese and Janay DeLoach took the gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women's long jump, while Lashinda Demus settled for silver in the women's 400-meter hurdles, losing by a fraction of a second to Russia's Natalya Antyukh.

Aries Merritt won the gold medal in the men's 110-meter hurdles, with teammate Jason Richardson winning the silver medal — the first American duo to finish gold and silver in the event since 1996. The 2008 gold medalist. Dayron Robles of Cuba. suffered a leg injury and failed to finish.

Meanwhile, the world's fastest man, Jamaican Usain Bolt, eased into Thursday's final of the 200-meter sprint, as did his countryman and main rival, Yohan Blake.

In other Olympic events, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third straight Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball, beating April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in an all-American final.

In men's basketball, the star-studded U.S. “Dream Team” defeated Australia 119-86 to advance to the semifinals. They will take on Argentina, who

beat South American rivals Brazil 82-77. Russia downed Lithuania 83-74 and will move on to face Spain, who pulled out a 66-59 win against France.

China completed a sweep of the four table tennis gold medals with a men's team victory over South Korea. And, Hungary won gold medals in the men's 1,000-meter kayak doubles and the women's 500-meter kayak fours.

The U.S. leads the total Olympic medal count with 81, compared to 77 for China and 48 for Britain.