Carmelita Jeter Takes Home the Bronze in 200m
It turns out Silver Tuesday — three silver medals — was just a warmup act
Wednesday at the Olympics, the U.S. track and field team was all about the gold. Well, not just gold — they accepted silver and bronze, too.
But gold medalists Allyson Felix, Aries Merritt and Brittney Reese led the way to a historic, gold-framed night in Olympic Stadium.
In all, Team USA won seven medals — three gold, two silver, two bronze.
They came in rapid fire — gold, silver, 1-2 finish, more gold, etc. — seven of them in a 90-minute span.
It was the biggest one-night medal haul for USA track and field since Aug. 6, 1992, in Barcelona, when the Team USA won nine — four gold, two silver, three bronze.
“This means a lot for our country,” said Reese, 25, of Gulfport, Miss., who took the gold medal in the long jump with a mark of 23-4¼. She was joined on the podium by American bronze medalist Janay DeLoach, 26, of Fort Collins, Colo.
“We’ve been doing good and not just in sprints,” Reese said. “We’re an all-around team. It’s great to finally get some USA talk out here in the field and not just on the track.”
But the track team did just fine, too.
•Felix, 26, of Los Angeles, who won gold after two previous silver medals in the 200, was joined by American bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter, 32, of Inglewood, Calif., the 100-meter silver medalist who became the first American woman to medal in the 100 and 200 in the same Olympics since Florence Griffith-Joyner took double gold in 1988.
“It means a lot to me to go out there and get two medals for the U.S.,” Jeter said. “I believe China was beating us in medals before we went out there tonight. I’m just glad I was able to help bring our medal count up.”
The night almost had a fourth U.S. gold medal, as Lashinda Demus, trying to win the USA’s first gold in the women’s 400 hurdles, came up just short, surging but barely losing to Russia’s Natalya Antyukh by .07 seconds, settling for silver.
“I can’t explain how bad I wanted the gold medal, but I won’t stop until I get it,” Demus said. “I will run until 2016, and I still feel like I’m capable of getting it.”
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Source: USA Today