After setting three world records in Beijing four years ago, the “NEW WR” finally flashed up on the timing clock for him in the last race on the track at the London Games, as he sped away from U.S. anchor Ryan Bailey to cross in 36.84 seconds. That shaved two-tenths of a second off Jamaica’s old mark.
Only a man like Bolt could upstage Mo Farah. The Briton made it a second Super Saturday for a frenzied home crowd at the Olympic Stadium, winning the 5,000 meters to clinch a long distance double at the London Games.
Russia had a brilliant day of its own with four gold medals, led by mother Anna Chicherova who cleared 2.05 meters to win the women’s high jump.
Allyson Felix won her third gold of the games, giving the 4×400 relay team a big lead halfway through the race and the United States further closed in on winning the medals table with nine gold overall.
Sanya Richards-Ross had an easy relay anchor leg to add this gold medal to her 400-meter gold. Felix earlier won the 200 and 4×100 relay.
For the 80,000 fans though, one more victory of Farah meant more.
Taking the lead with 700 meters to go, Farah staved off all challenges and, riding incessant howls of encouragement, swept away on the home straight. He threw his hands wide in victory, slapped his head and screamed out loud in amazement after he crossed the line.
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