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11 Aug 2012

The queens of speed!

New world record for the U.S. team in the 4x100m relay.

Many were expecting the 4x100m women relay finals to be very fast, considering the performance shown by the American and Jamaican sprinters in the 100m and 200m finals, but the U.S. relay team has exceeded all expectations, breaking the 27-years old world record with a time of 40.82. Tianna Madison, White Knight, Carmelita Jeter and Allyson Felix were just flying on the Mondotrack surface! The silver medal, with the national record, went to Jamaica, and the bronze to Ukraine. There was a surprise however in the 4x400 men relay finals, with the Bahamas who beat the United States by running in 2:56.72, winning their first gold medal in this discipline. The bronze medal went to Trinidad & Tobago. Four other finals were played at Olympic Stadium on Friday night. In the women's 5000m, yet another battle between Ethiopian and Kenyan athletes, the gold went to Meseret Defar, the silver to Vivian Cheruiyot Jepkemoi and the bronze to Tirunesh Dibaba to. In the women's 1,500 m, historic double for Turkey, with Asli Cakir Alptekin who won the gold medal and Gamze Bulut the silver. Third place went to Maryam Yusuf Jamal, Bahrain's middle-distance runner. In the pole vault, the gold medal was won by the French Renaud Lavillenie, who jumped 5.97 meters, and just behind him there was the Germans Bjorn Otto and Raphael Holzdeppe. Finally, the final of the women's hammer throw saw Russia's Tatyana Lysenko set a new Olympic record by throwing at 78.18m, the silver went to the Polish Anita Wlodarczyk and the bronze to German Betty Heidler.