Track & Field’s Greatest Moments
Track & Field is a special Olympic Sport. Many countries that don’t medal in gymnastics, swimming, etc. have the chance to medal. Track & Field is a sport in which every athlete steps on the track as equals. You are as good as your training.
On the track the American Women’s 4×100 meter relay team won gold! This team has been known for holding leads and dropping the batons, never staining up to their potential. On the way to the women’s 4x100m gold medal, they broke a world record set in 1985. The new world record sits at 40.82. This is the first time the Americans have held gold in the event since the 1996 Atlanta Games.
South African Oscar Pistorius made his mark on history this year, becoming the first double amputee to compete in track and field at the Olympics. Pistorius made it to the semi finals of his main event men’s 400 meters.
Usain Bolt is the first man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records. He won both the 100 meter and 200 meter events at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Bolt was able to defend his two gold medal titles in London by winning both the 100 meters and 200 meter sprints.