We saw Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, fastest man alive, breeze through his first 100-meter heat with less effort than it takes the average person to slap away a mosquito. We watched Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce race America’s Carmelita Jeter right down to the absolute end of the women’s 100-meter finals and then take the gold in a superclose finish. And we witnessed American track star Marquise Goodwin fall to his knees in disappointment when a just-not-good-enough long jump failed to advance him to the next round of competition.
The stadium was the setting for both of our picks for the day’s notable moments, too. In the first, pals Mo Farah (a British runner who trains in the United States) and Galen Rupp (an American runner who trains with Farah in Oregon) came in first and second in the men’s 10,000-meter race. The run itself was a thing of beauty, with Farah entering the final lap as the clear leader. But Rupp’s powerful push to solidify his silver status, plus the post-race look on Farah’s face as he slapped his head incredulously and realized what had just happened, was classic. Keep in mind, the men completed the 6.2-mile effort in a little less than the time it takes to watch an episode of Community.
Then there was South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee who fought for the right to be able to compete with non-amputee athletes in this year’s games. It was awesome to see him crouch down in the starting blocks for the first round of the men’s 400-meter run, even better to see his prosthetic blades sail him past most of the field to grab the number two spot.
Of course, crazy/wonderful/disappointing/poignant things were happening all over London all day. Wimbledon champ Serena Williams completed a career Golden Slam (a gold medal, plus wins in all four Grand Slam tournaments) when she defeated Maria Sharapova in singles tennis. Several riders took a tumble on a slippery patch during the women’s triathlon – and sported heinous road rash for the rest of the race. And Michael Phelps got out of an Olympic pool for what might be the last time in his life.
So much to pick from — so what was your favorite moment of Day 8? Hit the comments and tell us what got your Olympic juices flowing!