Olympics Watch: What Was Your Favorite Moment From London 2012, Day 12?

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Two very different women ran two very different races on Day 12 of the London Olympic games. One came in first, the other dead last.

Both were amazing.

Allyson Felix, who no one would’ve blamed for hanging up her sneaks after barely missing gold at two consecutive Olympic games, seemingly floated to victory in the women’s 200-meter contest.

Of course, her 21.88-second effort was a lung-buster that probably would’ve killed the average human. But you’d never know it from the way she surged ahead of the field in the last half of the race, wearing a face so relaxed she looked like she was pushing a grocery cart around Stop & Shop on a lazy Sunday afternoon. With Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce securing the silver and Felix’s teammate Carmelita Jeter nabbing the bronze, it was a good day for American women’s track and field.

It was also a good day for Saudi Arabian women’s Olympic track and field… mainly because it was the first day of Saudi Arabian women’s Olympic track and field. Ever. (The kingdom’s first female athlete — a judo fighter who was the only other woman on the team — debuted a few days earlier.) Saudi runner Sarah Attar, covered head to toe except for her face, was the last competitor to cross the women’s 800-meter finish line. The crowds didn’t care, though, cheering the trailblazer for the history she’d made and the path she’d helped open for young Saudi girls.

What was your favorite moment from Day 12? Sound off in the comments!



Comments (7)

  • Misty may and Kerry Walsh winning their third gold in the all American final. Awesome game for an awesome team. Definatly the best moment for me

    Comment by Anna – August 8, 2012 09:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nothing…I was really hoping Jamaica would sweep the U.S in the 200 m….well not sweep but at least take gold and silver. Either way Allyson Felix has been working hard these past couple of years to get a gold…so it’s good she was finaly able to make it happen :)

    Comment by llws88 – August 8, 2012 10:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Third-time winners, misty may-treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings, won their third gold medals in volleyball! Glad that I got to see that, cos I used to play an indoor volleyball. Loved their hard work in their games. It was more than amazing to watch that game! :)

    Comment by Christine – August 8, 2012 10:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allyson Felix and Aries Merritt winning gold and the Saudi Arabian runner.

    Comment by jba – August 9, 2012 08:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brittney Reese’s long jump win! She missed out on the medal stand in Beijing, devoted herself to total annihilation of the competition over the next four years, then became the first US woman to win the long jump since Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988. The woman who grabbed the silver had to get a personal best to even come remotely close to Reese’s winning jump. Reese didn’t even get close to her own personal best. That’s how much better she is at this right now than anyone else in the world!

    Comment by O'Brien – August 9, 2012 09:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have to go with Allyson Felix and winning the event she was made to win – the 200m.

    Comment by outdoormagazines – August 9, 2012 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Misty and Kerri winning their 3rd gold medal and the strong friendship that the two have together. The Saudi Arabian runner was a great moment too.

    Comment by G – August 9, 2012 02:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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