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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012
Events: 47

Participants: 2,079 (1,088 men and 991 women) from 201 countries
Youngest Participant: AND Cristina Llovera (15 years, 307 days)
Oldest Participant: UKR Oleksandr Dryhol (46 years, 101 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 5 athletes with 3 medals
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (29 medals)

Overview

With the exception of the marathons and the road walks, track & field athletics took place at the Olympic Stadium within the Olympic Park. There were no changes to the program since the 2008 Olympic Games, with men and women competing in almost an identical program, the only differences being that men contest two walks and women only one, the high hurdles are different distances – 100 metres for women and 110 metres for men, and women compete in the multi-event heptathlon while men compete in the decathlon.

The highlight occurred on the first Saturday night of athletics competition when British fans rocked as their athletes won three gold medals within 45 minutes. Jessica Ennis first won the heptathlon, completing the event with her 800 metre run, followed by an upset victory by Greg Rutherford in the men’s long jump. The evening finished with Mo Farah winning the 10,000 metres followed by the deafening roar of the British crowd.

There were three world records set on what was considered a very fast track. David Rudisha won the 800 metres, becoming the first runner to complete the distance under 1:41. Both 4x100 relay world records were ripped asunder, by the Jamaican men and the American women. Usain Bolt again starred, repeating his 3-gold medals from Beijing in the 100 metres, 200 metres, and 4x100 relay. The only other individual double gold medalist was Farah, who on the final night of athletics competition, won the 5,000 metres, again before an adoring crowd.

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's 100 metres JAM Usain Bolt JAM Yohan Blake USA Justin Gatlin
Men's 200 metres JAM Usain Bolt JAM Yohan Blake JAM Warren Weir
Men's 400 metres GRN Kirani James DOM Luguelín Santos TTO Lalonde Gordon
Men's 800 metres KEN David Rudisha BOT Nijel Amos KEN Timothy Kitum
Men's 1,500 metres ALG Taoufik Makhloufi USA Leo Manzano MAR Abdalaati Iguider
Men's 5,000 metres GBR Mo Farah ETH Dejen Gebremeskel KEN Thomas Longosiwa
Men's 10,000 metres GBR Mo Farah USA Galen Rupp ETH Tariku Bekele
Men's Marathon UGA Stephen Kiprotich KEN Abel Kirui KEN Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich
Men's 110 metres Hurdles USA Aries Merritt USA Jason Richardson JAM Hansle Parchment
Men's 400 metres Hurdles DOM Félix Sánchez USA Michael Tinsley PUR Javier Culson
Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase KEN Ezekiel Kemboi FRA Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad KEN Abel Mutai
Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay JAM Jamaica USA United States TTO Trinidad and Tobago
Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay BAH Bahamas USA United States TTO Trinidad and Tobago
Men's 20 kilometres Walk CHN Chen Ding GUA Erick Barrondo CHN Wang Zhen
Men's 50 kilometres Walk RUS Sergey Kirdyapkin AUS Jared Tallent CHN Si Tianfeng
Men's High Jump RUS Ivan Ukhov USA Erik Kynard CAN Derek Drouin
GBR Robbie Grabarz
QAT Mutaz Essa Barshim
Men's Pole Vault FRA Renaud Lavillenie GER Björn Otto GER Raphael Holzdeppe
Men's Long Jump GBR Greg Rutherford AUS Mitch Watt USA Will Claye
Men's Triple Jump USA Christian Taylor USA Will Claye ITA Fabrizio Donato
Men's Shot Put POL Tomasz Majewski GER David Storl USA Reese Hoffa
Men's Discus Throw GER Robert Harting IRI Ehsan Haddadi EST Gerd Kanter
Men's Hammer Throw HUN Krisztián Pars SLO Primož Kozmus JPN Koji Murofushi
Men's Javelin Throw TTO Keshorn Walcott UKR Oleksandr P'iatnytsia FIN Antti Ruuskanen
Men's Decathlon USA Ashton Eaton USA Trey Hardee CUB Leonel Suárez
Women's 100 metres JAM Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce USA Carmelita Jeter JAM Veronica Campbell-Brown
Women's 200 metres USA Allyson Felix JAM Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce USA Carmelita Jeter
Women's 400 metres USA Sanya Richards-Ross GBR Christine Ohuruogu USA DeeDee Trotter
Women's 800 metres RUS Mariya Savinova RSA Caster Semenya RUS Yekaterina Poistogova
Women's 1,500 metres TUR Aslı Çakır TUR Gamze Bulut BRN Maryam Jamal
Women's 5,000 metres ETH Meseret Defar KEN Vivian Cheruiyot ETH Tirunesh Dibaba
Women's 10,000 metres ETH Tirunesh Dibaba KEN Sally Kipyego KEN Vivian Cheruiyot
Women's Marathon ETH Tiki Gelana KEN Priscah Jeptoo RUS Tatyana Petrova-Arkhipova
Women's 100 metres Hurdles AUS Sally McLellan-Pearson USA Dawn Harper USA Kellie Wells
Women's 400 metres Hurdles RUS Nataliya Antyukh USA Lashinda Demus CZE Zuzana Hejnová
Women's 3,000 metres Steeplechase RUS Yuliya Zaripova TUN Habiba Al-Ghribi-Boudra ETH Sofia Assefa
Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay USA United States JAM Jamaica UKR Ukraine
Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay USA United States RUS Russia JAM Jamaica
Women's 20 kilometres Walk RUS Yelena Lashmanova RUS Olga Kaniskina CHN Qieyang Shenjie
Women's High Jump RUS Anna Chicherova USA Brigetta Barrett RUS Svetlana Shkolina
Women's Pole Vault USA Jenn Stuczynski-Suhr CUB Yarisley Silva RUS Yelena Isinbayeva
Women's Long Jump USA Brittney Reese RUS Yelena Sokolova USA Janay DeLoach
Women's Triple Jump KAZ Olga Rypakova COL Caterine Ibargüén UKR Olha Saladukha
Women's Shot Put NZL Valerie Adams-Vili RUS Yevgeniya Kolodko CHN Gong Lijiao
Women's Discus Throw CRO Sandra Perković RUS Darya Pishchalnikova CHN Li Yanfeng
Women's Hammer Throw RUS Tatyana Lysenko POL Anita Włodarczyk GER Betty Heidler
Women's Javelin Throw CZE Barbora Špotáková GER Christina Obergföll GER Linda Stahl
Women's Heptathlon GBR Jessica Ennis GER Lilli Schwarzkopf RUS Tatyana Chernova