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08 Aug 2012

A new Olympic record

The fastest ever 100m hurdles in Olympic history was run on the Olympic Stadium track

The evenings of great track and field competitions are still underway at the all sold-out Olympic Stadium arena. Yesterday, the most exciting competition was the 100m hurdles final, with the fastest time ever recorded in this discipline in the history of the Games. Australia's Sally Pearson, silver medal at Beijing 2008 and gold medal at the World Championships of Daegu 2011, won by breaking a new Olympic record, 12.35. The silver went to American Dawn Harper, gold at Beijing 2008, who set a personal best, just like her team mate Kellie Wells, who finished in third place. Emotions were running high in the 1500m as well, with Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi securing the gold by taking advantage of the fall of Kenyan athletes and finishing ahead of American Leonel Manzano and Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider. Other two finals were held yesterday inside the Olympic Stadium: in the discus throw, German Robert Harting, gold at the World Championships of Daegu 2011 and at the European Championships of Helsinki 2012, topped off an extraordinary year by winning the gold medal with a 68.27m throw; in the high jump, Russian Ivan Ukhov, gold at the World Championships of Doha 2010, did not have to face any opponents and won with a 2.38m jump.