The Social Olympics: Britain Dominates On The Track
The London Games have been dubbed the most social yet, with the organizers encouraging the athletes and fans to use social media. Here are the highlights from Day 7.
- Finally it was time for the Olympic Stadium to come to life as the the track and field athletes took their turn at the London Games. Great Britain's Jessica Ennis put in a stunning performance in the opening event of the heptathlon the 100-meter hurdles. Ennis set a world best time for a heptathlete of 12.54 seconds, a performance which equalled that set by gold medal winner Dawn Harper in the individual event in Beijing.
- Team GB continued its success in the velodrome adding two more gold medals to its tally. The British men's track pursuit team set a new world record taking the top spot nearly three seconds ahead of Australia who took silver, with New Zealand in bronze. Great Britain's Victoria Pendleton put disqualification in the team sprint behind her to take gold in the women's keirin, with China's Guo Shuang taking silver and Hong Kong's Wai Sze Lee the bronze.
- Great Britain's dominance in the velodrome caught the attention of actor Samuel L. Jackson, who has gained plaudits for his unique Olympic commentary.
- In the Aquatic Centre Team USA continued their success. Michael Phelps collected his third individual gold medal of the London Games with victory in the 100-meters butterfly. In the women's 200-meter backstroke 17-year-old U.S. swimming sensation Missy Franklin set a new world record to take the gold. Their victories were watched by a host of other U.S. athletes who headed to the pool to show their support.
- Great Britain's hopes in the pool rested on the shoulders of swimmer Rebecca Adlington, but she failed to repeat her gold medal winning performance of Beijing in the 800-meter freestyle and had to settle for a bronze.
- An Olympic photographer unexpectedly provided of London 2012 with one of its more amusing moments when he was caught on camera doing battle with his lens cap.
- After gaining over twenty thousand followers since the start of the Games one of the most amusing Twitter accounts to emerge out of the Olympics finally came to a close in dramatic style.
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