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09 Aug 2012

An all stars and stripes evening

The American athletics team won seven medals yesterday

Yesterday was an evening full of big satisfactions for the American athletics team. Together with the gold and bronze medals in the women's 200m, they also won the gold and silver medals in the 110m hurdles and one bronze and one gold in the women's long jump. The 110m hurdles final was dominated by Aries Merritt, the only finalist to run under 13”. Although he did not manage to break the world record, the American athlete, at his first Olympiad, did set a personal best of 12.92. The silver medal went to his team mate Jason Richardson, while the bronze was won by Hansle Parchment, setting the Jamaican national record. Bitter disappointment for Dayron Robles, who suffered an injury half-way through the competition and could not complete the race. The great stars and stripes evening continued in the women's long jump, with Brittney Reese, the favorite at the outset, winning the gold on her first attempt with a 7.12m jump. Russian Elena Sokolova won the silver and American Janay Deloach the bronze. The surprise of the evening came in the women's 400m hurdles final, with Russian Natalya Antyukh snatching the gold by reaching the finishing line ahead of the big favorite, American Lashinda Demus. The bronze went to Czech Republic's Zuzana Hejnova.