The U.S. track and field teams had a lot of new faces coming into the 2012 Olympic Games, and they started off winning only two gold medals in the first five days of competition. They changed that on Wednesday, by winning three gold medals, and an overall total of seven medals earned. It was the most in a single Olympic day since August 6, 1992 at the Barcelona Olympic games which was a welcome return of U.S. track and field dominance.
The three gold medalists were all favored going into the events they won, so those were medals that the U.S. expected to win. Women’s 200-meter dash champion Allyson Felix finally won the elusive gold medal she had been seeking, the men’s 110-meter hurdles was won by Aries Merritt, and the women’s long jump winner Brittney Reese avenged her disappointing finish in Beijing.
The three gold medalists were joined on the podium with fellow Americans, Jason Richardson who earned silver in the 110 hurdles, Carmelita Jeter who earned bronze in the 200m, Janay DeLoach who finished third in the long jump, and Lashinda Demus. Demus’ who won silver in the 400m hurdles.
Demus was visibly disappointed with winning the silver medal as she was barely edged out for Gold by the favorite from Russia, and she said she will not quit until she wins an Olympic gold medal. On what certainly goes in the books as one of the United States’ greatest days in Olympic track and field history, this is what typically happens in Summer Olympics the United States starts to pull away from China due to track & field prowess.
To date the U.S. women have earned 23 of the United States 34 gold medals to this point in the Olympic Games and can be credited with putting the United States ahead of China in the overall medal count. This is the first year there have been more women than men on the U.S. Olympic team, and they are making all the difference.