Day 15 highlights from London
Tears flowed as dreams were shattered on the track at the London
Games this afternoon. The Canadian men finished third in the
4-by-100-metre relay. Jared Connaughton, Gavin
Smellie, Oluseyi Smith and Justyn Warner began to
celebrate a bronze-medal triumph -- but within minutes learned they
had been disqualified. Officals say Connaughton stepped outside his
lane. Smith called it ``the worst thing in the world.'' Connaughton
says he's sorry.
The Jamaican men -- including self-proclaimed ``legend'' Usain
Bolt -- won the gold in the 4-by-100, and set a world record of
36.84 seconds in the process. The United States took the silver. The
Canadian disqualification allowed Trinidad and Tobago claim the
bronze. Bolt finishes the London Games with three golds, matching
his performance in Beijing four years ago.
Britain's Mo Farah ran to another gold-medal finish before
roaring fans at the Olympic Stadium. The runner finished first in
the five-thousand metres and still had the energy to do a few
sit-ups on the track before he grabbed a British flag for the
celebrations. Farah won the gold medal in the 10-thousand metres a
South Africa's Caster Semenya made a late surge on the last lap
of the women's 800 metres, rallying from last to second to capture
the silver medal. Semenya made her Olympic debut in London, three
years after she was sidelined by questions about her gender.
Russians grabbed the gold and bronze in the race.
Canada will head into the final day of competition at the London
Games with 18 medals -- and with slim chances to collect more.
Kayaker Mark de Jonge of Halifax won bronze today in the K-1
200-metres. Canada's medal haul equals the total from Beijing four
years ago. The number may still be enough to hit the target of a
top-12 finish in the overall medal count.
Victoria diver Riley McCormick made it to the final in the
10-metre platform, and ended in 11th place. Catharine Pendrel of
Kamloops, B-C finished the mountain bike cross-country race
ninth. Francois Coulombe-Fortier of QC lost his quarter-final match in taekwondo.
The United States is still ahead in the standings, with 102
medals, including 44 gold. China has 87, with 38 gold. Russia is in
third spot with 78 medals.
(Mark de Jonge COC Photo)