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When asked on NBC about Rio, 200 Meter Gold medalist Allyson Felix said that Rio was a "definite possibility." 400 Meter Hurdles Silver Medalist Lashinda Demus said that she would get gold in Rio.

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Mo Farah!!

What an amazing day for British sport and London 2012 - the hosts have had a day to remember. Congrats UK! I believe it to be 14 now. I think the British team are laying the gauntlet down to Russia

Grenada declares half-holiday to celebrate James Olympic gold Grenada's prime minister declared a half-holiday on Tuesday and gave the entire island the afternoon off to celebrate runner Kirani James

China's Liu to have surgery, agency says

Former champion Liu Xiang will have surgery on his Achilles tendon in Britain after crashing out of his 110 hurdles heat at the London Olympics on Tuesday, Chinese officials said.

"The doctor has been chosen. He is the expert in sports medicine and has done operations on many famous players like David Beckham," Du Zhaocai, vice chairman of the Chinese Athletics Association (CAA), told state news agency Xinhua on Wednesday.

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"An MRI scan proved it really was a rupture of the tendon. The Chinese delegation immediately contacted local medical organisations in order to find the best hospital and surgery doctor for Liu Xiang."

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Double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius will get a shot at an Olympic medal after all, even after his South African team failed to finish the heats of the 4x400 relay.

A jury of appeal said South Africa "had been severely damaged" in a collision between Ofentse Mogawane and a Kenyan runner who cut across him too soon in the second section of Thursday's morning heat. The jury of appeal decided to give the extra ninth lane to South Africa — silver medalists at the last world championships — for Friday's final.

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Lolo Jones yesterday went on NBC Today tearfully speaking about the harpooning from the media in the leadup to her disappointing finish in the 110m hurdles, notbaly that Jere Longman's New York Times article slamming her on the eve of her final. Basically what he says is that he feels Lolo thinks she's "all that" and even called her "the Anna Kournikova of track and field"--all beauty and hype with little substance as a public figure. But Lolo must realize that it is not the job of American reporters and media institutions to blindly support Team USA. A good deal of the attention she got from this she brought on herself and should prepare for backlashes. I don't think she's poor athlete, but she's not technically gifted like Sally Pearson is. That said, Lolo is very attractive and ever since photography hit the scene almost two centuries ago there's this serious gravitation towards the photogenetic. Media institutions tends to hype attractive people, that's the reality. Even Dawn Harper and Kellie blasted her afterwards, and harsh as they maybe be in the words, their achievements in getting medals should be noticed. Like to know how Sally Pearson would regard all this as an Australian. Was the article harsh? Yeah, more so because of the timing. Makes you wonder how different things would be had she not crashed at the final hurdle in Beijing while leading. That carries a legacy of its own and it grows...

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American runner Manteo Mitchell has revealed he ran the last 200m of the Olympic men's 4x400m relay heats with a broken left leg.

Mitchell ran the lead-off leg for the United States quartet, who went through to Friday's final as the second fastest team despite Mitchell's injury.

"As soon as I took the first step past the 200m mark, I felt it break." Manteo told the USA Track and Field website.

"I didn't want to let the three guys or the team down, so I just ran on it."

Mitchell still managed to finish the opening lap in 46.1 seconds as the US team went on to set a qualifying time of two minutes, 58.87 seconds.

"It hurt so bad," the 25-year-old added. "I'm pretty amazed that I still split [close to] 45 seconds on a broken leg."

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American runner Manteo Mitchell has revealed he ran the last 200m of the Olympic men's 4x400m relay heats with a broken left leg.

Mitchell ran the lead-off leg for the United States quartet, who went through to Friday's final as the second fastest team despite Mitchell's injury.

"As soon as I took the first step past the 200m mark, I felt it break." Manteo told the USA Track and Field website.

"I didn't want to let the three guys or the team down, so I just ran on it."

Mitchell still managed to finish the opening lap in 46.1 seconds as the US team went on to set a qualifying time of two minutes, 58.87 seconds.

"It hurt so bad," the 25-year-old added. "I'm pretty amazed that I still split [close to] 45 seconds on a broken leg."

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I just saw that on TV. Amazing!! SHould go right up there with Keri Strugg's 1996 vault on a sprained ankle; and the Japanese gymnast's "torn" muscles I think it was in the rings?

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Final medal results for the following events on August 9.

Men's Decathlon:

- GOLD: Ashton Eaton (United States)

- SILVER: Trey Hardee (United States) (Seasonal Best)

- BRONZE: Leonel Suarez (Cuba) (Seasonal Best)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-decathlon/phase=atm900j00/index.html

Men's Triple Jump:

- GOLD: Christian Taylor (United States) (Seasonal Best)

- SILVER: Will Claye (United States)

- BRONZE: Fabrizio Donato (Italy)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-triple-jump/phase=atm062100/index.html

Men's 800m:

- GOLD: David Lekuta Rudisha (Kenya) (World Record)

- SILVER: Nijel Amos (Botswana) (National Record)

- BRONZE: Timothy Kitum (Kenya) (Personal Best)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-800m/phase=atm008100/index.html

Men's 200m:

- GOLD: Usain Bolt (Jamaica) (Seasonal Best)

- SILVER: Yohan Blake (Jamaica) (Seasonal Best)

- BRONZE: Warren Weir (Jamaica) (Personal Best)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-200m/index.html?v=20120810-013814419

Note: A clean sweep!

Women's Javelin Throw:

- GOLD: Barbora Spotakova (Czech Republic) (Seasonal Best)

- SILVER: Christina Obergfoll (Germany)

- BRONZE: Linda Stahl (Germany) (Seasonal Best)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/women-javelin-throw/phase=atw053100/index.html

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August 10 sees that Olympic medals are handed out in the following events:

- Men's Pole Vault;

- Women's Hammer Throw;

- Women's 5,000m;

- Women's 4 X 100m Relay;

- Women's 1,500m; and,

- Men's 4 X 400m Relay.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/schedule-and-results/day=10-august/all-day.html

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Members of USA Track and Field who have said that they would try to make it to Rio:

- LaShawn Merritt

- Chaunte Lowe

- Lashinda Demus

- Allyson Felix (while not officially confirmed, she said that Rio was a definite possibility and that she has one more Olympics left in her)

- Britney Reese

- Jeremy Wariner

- Michelle Carter

- Dawn Harper (while not official, when asked about it by Matt Lauer on the Today Show "raise your hands if you are going to Rio" she raised her hand)

- Kellie Wells (same as Dawn Harper)

- Lolo Jones

While they have yet to make their intentions known, I'd expect these USA Track and Field Athletes to try for Rio:

- Ashton Eaton

- Trey Hardee

- Janay DeLoach

- Christian Taylor

- Will Claye

- Aires Merritt

- Jason Richardson

- Galen Rupp

- Leo Manzano

- Nick Symmonds

- Lopez Lomong

- Michael Tinsley

I don't know if we'll see any of these members of USA Track and Field for Rio:

- Carmelita Jeter

- Sanya Richards-Ross

- Wallace Spearmon

- Kerron Clement

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An Olympic medal for Botswana! Nice!

BTW, What happened to Philipps Idowu? He was expected to a serious gold medal contender.

He'd been injured and whilst he tried to recover and entered the qualifying round, he missed so much training and was still lacking in fitness, that he failed to make the final

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Bahamas stun USA for 4x400m relay Olympic gold

It was Bahamas' first track and field Olympic gold medal. ' Chris Brown, Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu and Ramon Miller sped home in a time of 2 minutes 56.72 seconds to take the win.

Bryshon Nellum, Joshua Mance, Tony McQuay and Angelo Taylor claimed silver for a relatively weak USA team with a time of 2:57.05, ending a run of seven successive golds in the event.

Trinidad and Tobago's Jarrin Solomon clung on for bronze, despite Martyn Rooney's fantastic final leg of 44.1 seconds.

http://uk.eurosport....-202409614.html

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Final medal results for the following events on August 10.

Men's Pole Vault:

- GOLD: Renaud Lavillenie (France) (Olympic Record)

- SILVER: Bjorn Otto (Germany)

- BRONZE: Raphael Holzdeppe (Germany) (Personal Best)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-pole-vault/phase=atm072100/index.html

Women's Hammer Throw:

- GOLD: Tatyana Lysenko (Russia)

- SILVER: Anita Wlodarczyk (Poland)

- BRONZE: Betty Heidler (Germany)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/women-hammer-throw/phase=atw054100/index.html

Women's 5,000m:

- GOLD: Merseret Defar (Ethiopia)

- SILVER: Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot (Kenya)

- BRONZE: Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/women-5000m/phase=atw050100/index.html

Women's 4 x 100m Relay:

- GOLD: United States (World Record)

- SILVER: Jamaica (National Record)

- BRONZE: Ukraine (National Record)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/women-4x100m-relay/phase=atw401100/index.html

Women's 1,500m:

- GOLD: Asli Cakir Alptekin (Turkey)

- SILVER: Gamze Bulut (Turkey)

- BRONZE: Maryam Yusuf Jamal (Bahrain)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/women-1500m/phase=atw015100/index.html

Men's 4 x 400m Relay:

- GOLD: Bahamas (National Record)

- SILVER: United States (Seasonal Best)

- BRONZE: Trinidad and Tobago (National Record)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-4x400m-relay/phase=atm404100/index.html

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August 11 is Olympic final day for the rest of the track and field events, save one for the final day tomorrow. They are:

- Men's 50km Race Walk;

- Women's 20km Race Walk;

- Women's High Jump;

- Men's Javelin Throw;

- Men's 5,000m;

- Women's 800m;

- Women's 4 x 400m Relay; and,

- Men's 4 x 100m Relay.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/schedule-and-results/day=11-august/all-day.html

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Women's 4 x 100m Relay:

- GOLD: United States (World Record)

Hate to be cynical, but to smash a world record that was seen in athletics circles as one of the dirtiest of dirtiest world records by 0.55 seconds seems a 'too good to be true'

Even a doped up Marion Jones led team couldn't beat it

Guess we'll find out in 8 years time

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'Blade runner' leaves Olympics as a finalist

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Oscar Pistorius set precedent with his journey to and through the London Games. When he leaves, he can add one more accomplishment: He was a finalist.

A double-amputee now known globally as the ‘‘Blade Runner’’ because he runs on carbon-fiber blades, Pistorius anchored the South Africa team in the 4x400-meter relay final at the London Olympics on Friday night, bringing the 80,000-strong crowd to its full voice.

It didn’t matter that he finished eighth. He can proudly add ‘‘Olympic finalist’’ to his long list of unprecedented achievements.

‘‘This whole experience was amazing ... to step out here in an Olympic final is more than I could have ever hoped for,’’ Pistorius said. ‘‘That opportunity to come here once again and finish today and not yesterday is a dream come true.’

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http://www.boston.co...VufL/story.html

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Over Officious Bastard!...Let Usan have the baton you prick!

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Men's 4x100m relay:

Gold: Jamaica, new World Record (36.84)

Silver: United States

Bronze: Trinidad and Tobago

Canada was third, but was disqualified for running on the lane in a bend.

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Final medal results for the following events on August 11.

Men's 50km Race Walk:

- GOLD: Sergey Kirdyapkin (Russia) (Olympic Record)

- SILVER: Jared Tallent (Australia) (Personal Best)

- BRONZE: SI Tianfeng (China) (Personal Best)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-50km-walk/phase=atm095100/index.html

Women's 20km Race Walk:

- GOLD: Elena Lashmanova (Russia) (World Record)

- SILVER: Olga Kaniskina (Russia) (Seasonal Best)

- BRONZE: QIEYANG Shenjie (China) (Area Record)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/women-20km-walk/phase=atw092100/index.html

Women's High Jump:

- GOLD: Anna Chicherova (Russia)

- SILVER: Brigetta Barrett (United States) (Personal Best)

- BRONZE: Svetlana Shkolina (Russia) (Personal Best)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/women-high-jump/phase=atw071100/index.html

Men's Javelin Throw:

- GOLD: Keshorn Walcott (Trinidad and Tobago) (National Record)

- SILVER: Oleksandr Pyatnytsya (Ukraine)

- BRONZE: Antti Ruuskanen (Finland)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-javelin-throw/phase=atm053100/index.html

Men's 5,000m:

- GOLD: Mohamed Farah (GREAT BRITAIN)

- SILVER: Dejen Gebremeskel (Ethiopia)

- BRONZE: Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa (Kenya)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-5000m/phase=atm050100/index.html

Women's 800m:

- GOLD: Mariya Savinova (Russia) (Seasonal Best)

- SILVER: Caster Semenya (South Africa) (Seasonal Best)

- BRONZE: Ekaterina Poistogova (Russia) (Personal Best)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/women-800m/phase=atw008100/index.html

Women's 4 x 400m Relay:

- GOLD: United States (Seasonal Best)

- SILVER: Russia (Seasonal Best)

- BRONZE: Jamaica (Seasonal Best)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/women-4x400m-relay/phase=atw404100/index.html

Men's 4 x 100m Relay:

- GOLD: Jamaica (World Record)

- SILVER: United States (National Record)

- BRONZE: Trinidad and Tobago

Link: http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-4x100m-relay/phase=atm401100/index.html

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