Allyson Felix wins gold medal in women’s 200m at London 2012 Olympics; fellow Americans Aries Merritt, Jason Richardson, Brittney Reese and others also win medals in track and field, while Ashton Eaton is on his way to win gold in men’s decathlon
American sprinter Allyson Felix proved to the world once again that she is the fastest woman in the world in the women’s 200-meter. She won the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics Wednesday night. The 26-year-old American sprint star won winning silver medals in both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics in the event, she has her eyes set on gold.
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So what is it like being an experienced Olympic athlete? “Every day I get to do what I enjoy and what I’m passionate about,” Felix said. “I really love my job.”
The best part about running for Felix is the competition and just relaxing while at a pace to “be with your own thoughts.”
The Americans racked up medals in track and field Wednesday night.
Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson took gold and silver, respectively, in the men’s 110m hurdles, and Brittney Reese became the first woman to win gold in the women’s long jump since Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988. And Marlen Esparza made history, winning the first medal – bronze – for USA women’s boxing in the sport’s inaugural Olympics. Meanwhile, it’s looking like American Ashton Eaton may just win the gold medal in the men’s decathlon; he’s the big favorite to win the title of World’s Greatest Athlete at the London Games. He still has to get through the pole vault, javelin and 1500-meter run.
On Tuesday, American Lolo Jones watched her Olympic medal hopes slip away as she missed a bronze medal by one tenth of a second in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Jones was on the track at the London 2012 Olympics after a year of injuries — surgery to repair a tethered spine condition last August and hamstring injuries.
Top-ranked Australian Sally Pearson won the gold medal in an Olympic record time of 12.35 seconds, and American runners Dawn Harper got silver, with then gobbled up the next two spots with 2008 champion Dawn Harper finishing with a silver medal in 12.37 and teammate Kellie Wells bronze in 12.48.
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