Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics

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Athletics
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
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Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates 3–12 August
Competitors 2,231 (1,160 men, 1,071 women)[1][2]
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Athletics at the
2012 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
steeplechase
men women
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
High jump men women
Pole vault men women
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men women
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men

The athletics competitions at the 2012 Olympic Games in London were held during the last 10 days of the Games, on 3–12 August. Track and field events took place at the Olympic Stadium in east London. The road events, however, started and finished on The Mall in central London.[3]

Over 2,000 athletes from 201 nations competed in 47 events in total, with both men and women having a very similar schedule of events. Men competed in 24 events and women in 23, of which 21 were the same for both. The women's schedule lacked the 50 km race walk and included 100 m hurdles and heptathlon as opposed to the men's 110 m hurdles and decathlon. The youngest participant in the athletics competition was Andorran 15-year-old Cristina Llovera while the oldest was 46-year-old Ukrainian Oleksandr Dryhol.[4]

Medal summary[edit]

(WR = World Record, OR = Olympic Record)

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
 Usain Bolt
Jamaica (JAM)
9.63
(OR)
 Yohan Blake
Jamaica (JAM)
9.75  Justin Gatlin
United States (USA)
9.79
200 metres
details
 Usain Bolt
Jamaica (JAM)
19.32  Yohan Blake
Jamaica (JAM)
19.44  Warren Weir
Jamaica (JAM)
19.84
400 metres
details
 Kirani James
Grenada (GRN)
43.94  Luguelín Santos
Dominican Republic (DOM)
44.46  Lalonde Gordon
Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)
44.52
800 metres
details
 David Rudisha
Kenya (KEN)
1:40.91
(WR)
 Nijel Amos
Botswana (BOT)
1:41.73  Timothy Kitum
Kenya (KEN)
1:42.53
1500 metres
details
 Taoufik Makhloufi
Algeria (ALG)
3:34.08  Leonel Manzano
United States (USA)
3:34.79  Abdalaati Iguider
Morocco (MAR)
3:35.13
5000 metres
details
 Mo Farah
Great Britain (GBR)
13:41.66  Dejen Gebremeskel
Ethiopia (ETH)
13:41.98  Thomas Longosiwa
Kenya (KEN)
13:42.36
10,000 metres
details
 Mo Farah
Great Britain (GBR)
27:30.42  Galen Rupp
United States (USA)
27:30.90  Tariku Bekele
Ethiopia (ETH)
27:31.43
110 metres hurdles
details
 Aries Merritt
United States (USA)
12.92  Jason Richardson
United States (USA)
13.04  Hansle Parchment
Jamaica (JAM)
13.12
400 metres hurdles
details
 Félix Sánchez
Dominican Republic (DOM)
47.63  Michael Tinsley
United States (USA)
47.91  Javier Culson
Puerto Rico (PUR)
48.10
3000 metres steeplechase
details
 Ezekiel Kemboi
Kenya (KEN)
8:18.56  Mahiedine Benabbad
France (FRA)
8:19.08  Abel Mutai
Kenya (KEN)
8:19.73
4×100 metres relay
details
 Jamaica (JAM)
Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
Kemar Bailey-Cole*
36.84
(WR)
 United States (USA)
Trell Kimmons
Justin Gatlin
Tyson Gay**
Ryan Bailey
Jeff Demps*
Darvis Patton*
37.04  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)
Keston Bledman
Marc Burns
Emmanuel Callender
Richard Thompson
38.12
4×400 metres relay
details
 Bahamas (BAH)
Chris Brown
Demetrius Pinder
Michael Mathieu
Ramon Miller
2:56.72  United States (USA)
Bryshon Nellum
Joshua Mance
Tony McQuay
Angelo Taylor
Manteo Mitchell*
2:57.05  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)
Lalonde Gordon
Jarrin Solomon
Ade Alleyne-Forte
Deon Lendore
2:59.40
Marathon
details
 Stephen Kiprotich
Uganda (UGA)
2:08:01  Abel Kirui
Kenya (KEN)
2:08:27  Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich
Kenya (KEN)
2:09:37
20 kilometres walk
details
 Chen Ding
China (CHN)
1:18:46
(OR)
 Erick Barrondo
Guatemala (GUA)
1:18:57  Wang Zhen
China (CHN)
1:19:25
50 kilometres walk
details
 Sergey Kirdyapkin
Russia (RUS)
3:35:59
(OR)
 Jared Tallent
Australia (AUS)
3:36:53  Si Tianfeng
China (CHN)
3:37:16
High jump
details
 Ivan Ukhov
Russia (RUS)
2.38  Erik Kynard
United States (USA)
2.33  Mutaz Essa Barshim
Qatar (QAT)
 Derek Drouin
Canada (CAN)
 Robert Grabarz
Great Britain (GBR)
2.29
Pole vault
details
 Renaud Lavillenie
France (FRA)
5.97
(OR)
 Björn Otto
Germany (GER)
5.91  Raphael Holzdeppe
Germany (GER)
5.91
Long jump
details
 Greg Rutherford
Great Britain (GBR)
8.31  Mitchell Watt
Australia (AUS)
8.16  Will Claye
United States (USA)
8.12
Triple jump
details
 Christian Taylor
United States (USA)
17.81  Will Claye
United States (USA)
17.62  Fabrizio Donato
Italy (ITA)
17.48
Shot put
details
 Tomasz Majewski
Poland (POL)
21.89  David Storl
Germany (GER)
21.86  Reese Hoffa
United States (USA)
21.23
Discus throw
details
 Robert Harting
Germany (GER)
68.27  Ehsan Haddadi
Iran (IRI)
68.18  Gerd Kanter
Estonia (EST)
68.03
Hammer throw
details
 Krisztián Pars
Hungary (HUN)
80.59  Primož Kozmus
Slovenia (SLO)
79.36  Koji Murofushi
Japan (JPN)
78.71
Javelin throw
details
 Keshorn Walcott
Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)
84.58  Oleksandr Pyatnytsya
Ukraine (UKR)
84.51  Antti Ruuskanen
Finland (FIN)
84.12
Decathlon
details
 Ashton Eaton
United States (USA)
8869  Trey Hardee
United States (USA)
8671  Leonel Suárez
Cuba (CUB)
8523
*Indicates the athlete only competed in the preliminary heats.
**Tyson Gay was stripped of his silver medal due to doping violations.[5]

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Jamaica (JAM)
10.75  Carmelita Jeter
United States (USA)
10.78  Veronica Campbell-Brown
Jamaica (JAM)
10.81
200 metres
details
 Allyson Felix
United States (USA)
21.88  Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Jamaica (JAM)
22.09  Carmelita Jeter
United States (USA)
22.14
400 metres
details
 Sanya Richards-Ross
United States (USA)
49.55  Christine Ohuruogu
Great Britain (GBR)
49.70  DeeDee Trotter
United States (USA)
49.72
800 metres
details
 Mariya Savinova
Russia (RUS)
1:56.19  Caster Semenya
South Africa (RSA)
1:57.23  Ekaterina Poistogova
Russia (RUS)
1:57.53
1500 metres
details
 Aslı Çakır Alptekin
Turkey (TUR)
4:10.23  Gamze Bulut
Turkey (TUR)
4:10.40  Maryam Yusuf Jamal
Bahrain (BRN)
4:10.74
5000 metres
details
 Meseret Defar
Ethiopia (ETH)
15:04.25  Vivian Cheruiyot
Kenya (KEN)
15:04.73  Tirunesh Dibaba
Ethiopia (ETH)
15:05.15
10,000 metres
details
 Tirunesh Dibaba
Ethiopia (ETH)
30:20.75  Sally Kipyego
Kenya (KEN)
30:26.37  Vivian Cheruiyot
Kenya (KEN)
30:30.44
100 metres hurdles
details
 Sally Pearson
Australia (AUS)
12.35
(OR)
 Dawn Harper
United States (USA)
12.37  Kellie Wells
United States (USA)
12.48
400 metres hurdles
details
 Natalya Antyukh
Russia (RUS)
52.70  Lashinda Demus
United States (USA)
52.77  Zuzana Hejnová
Czech Republic (CZE)
53.38
3000 metres steeplechase
details
 Yuliya Zaripova
Russia (RUS)
9:06.72  Habiba Ghribi
Tunisia (TUN)
9:08.37  Sofia Assefa
Ethiopia (ETH)
9:09.84
4×100 metres relay
details
 United States (USA)
Tianna Madison
Allyson Felix
Bianca Knight
Carmelita Jeter
Jeneba Tarmoh*
Lauryn Williams*
40.82
(WR)
 Jamaica (JAM)
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Sherone Simpson
Veronica Campbell-Brown
Kerron Stewart
Samantha Henry-Robinson*
Schillonie Calvert*
41.41  Ukraine (UKR)
Olesya Povh
Hrystyna Stuy
Mariya Ryemyen
Elyzaveta Bryzgina
42.04
4×400 metres relay
details
 United States (USA)
DeeDee Trotter
Allyson Felix
Francena McCorory
Sanya Richards-Ross
Keshia Baker*
Diamond Dixon*
3:16.87  Russia (RUS)
Yulia Gushchina
Antonina Krivoshapka
Tatyana Firova
Natalya Antyukh
Natalya Nazarova*
Anastasiya Kapachinskaya*
3:20.23  Jamaica (JAM)
Christine Day
Rosemarie Whyte
Shericka Williams
Novlene Williams-Mills
Shereefa Lloyd*
3:20.95
Marathon
details
 Tiki Gelana
Ethiopia (ETH)
2:23:07
(OR)
 Priscah Jeptoo
Kenya (KEN)
2:23:12  Tatyana Arkhipova
Russia (RUS)
2:23:29
20 kilometres walk
details
 Elena Lashmanova
Russia (RUS)
1:25:02
(WR)
 Olga Kaniskina
Russia (RUS)
1:25:09  Qieyang Shenjie
China (CHN)
1:25:16
High jump
details
 Anna Chicherova
Russia (RUS)
2.05  Brigetta Barrett
United States (USA)
2.03  Svetlana Shkolina
Russia (RUS)
2.03
Pole vault
details
 Jenn Suhr
United States (USA)
4.75  Yarisley Silva
Cuba (CUB)
4.75  Yelena Isinbayeva
Russia (RUS)
4.70
Long jump
details
 Brittney Reese
United States (USA)
7.12  Yelena Sokolova
Russia (RUS)
7.07  Janay Deloach
United States (USA)
6.89
Triple jump
details
 Olga Rypakova
Kazakhstan (KAZ)
14.98  Caterine Ibargüen
Colombia (COL)
14.80  Olha Saladukha
Ukraine (UKR)
14.79
Shot put
details[a]
 Valerie Adams
New Zealand (NZL)
20.70  Yevgeniya Kolodko
Russia (RUS)
20.48  Gong Lijiao
China (CHN)
20.22
Discus throw
details[b]
 Sandra Perković
Croatia (CRO)
69.11  Li Yanfeng
China (CHN)
67.22  Yarelys Barrios
Cuba (CUB)
66.38
Hammer throw
details
 Tatyana Lysenko
Russia (RUS)
78.18
(OR)
 Anita Włodarczyk
Poland (POL)
77.60  Betty Heidler
Germany (GER)
77.13
Javelin throw
details
 Barbora Špotáková
Czech Republic (CZE)
69.55  Christina Obergföll
Germany (GER)
65.16  Linda Stahl
Germany (GER)
64.91
Heptathlon
details
 Jessica Ennis
Great Britain (GBR)
6955  Lilli Schwarzkopf
Germany (GER)
6649  Tatyana Chernova
Russia (RUS)
6628
*Indicates the athlete only competed in the preliminary heats.
  • a The original winner, Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus, was stripped of her gold medal after failing drugs tests. The rest of the competitors were elevated by one position accordingly.
  • b The original silver medalist, Darya Pishchalnikova of Russia, was stripped of her silver medal after failing drugs tests. The rest of the competitors were elevated by one position accordingly.

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 9 13 7 29
2 Russia 8 4 5 17
3 Jamaica 4 4 4 12
4 Great Britain 4 1 1 6
5 Ethiopia 3 1 3 7
6 Kenya 2 4 5 11
7 Germany 1 4 3 8
8 Australia 1 2 0 3
9 China 1 1 4 6
10 Dominican Republic 1 1 0 2
France 1 1 0 2
Poland 1 1 0 2
Turkey 1 1 0 2
14 Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 3 4
15 Czech Republic 1 0 1 2
16 Algeria 1 0 0 1
Bahamas 1 0 0 1
Croatia 1 0 0 1
Grenada 1 0 0 1
Hungary 1 0 0 1
Kazakhstan 1 0 0 1
New Zealand 1 0 0 1
Uganda 1 0 0 1
24 Cuba 0 1 2 3
Ukraine 0 1 2 3
26 Botswana 0 1 0 1
Colombia 0 1 0 1
Guatemala 0 1 0 1
Iran 0 1 0 1
South Africa 0 1 0 1
Slovenia 0 1 0 1
Tunisia 0 1 0 1
33 Bahrain 0 0 1 1
Canada 0 0 1 1
Estonia 0 0 1 1
Finland 0 0 1 1
Italy 0 0 1 1
Japan 0 0 1 1
Morocco 0 0 1 1
Puerto Rico 0 0 1 1
Qatar 0 0 1 1
Total 47 47 49 143

Note: Three competitors tied for bronze in the men's high jump event.

Records[edit]

World and Olympic records[edit]

A total of four world records in athletics and eleven Olympic records were broken during the competition. This was fewer than were set at the Beijing Olympics (5 world, 17 Olympic records) but greater than the number set at the 2004 Games in Athens (2 world, 10 Olympic records).

China's Chen Ding was the first Olympic record breaker, improving the men's 20 km walk record.[6] All three Olympic walk records were broken in London as Sergey Kirdyapkin bettered the Olympic 50 km walk time and Elena Lashmanova set a new world record in the women's 20 km walk.[7][8]

Usain Bolt was the first track athlete to improve an Olympic record as he defended his 100 m title with a run of 9.63 s.[9] He later joined the Jamaican 4 × 100 metres relay team (featuring Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake) to set a world record time of 36.84 s.[10] The women's 4 × 100 metres relay event also saw a world record: an American team of Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter ran 40.82 seconds to take half a second off a record which had stood for nearly 27 years.[11][12] Further women's Olympic records were set by Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana in the marathon, Sally Pearson in the 100 metres hurdles and Tatyana Lysenko in the hammer throw.

David Rudisha improved his own 800 metres world record to 1:40.91 minutes, becoming the first man to break that record at the Olympics since Ralph Doubell did so at the 1968 Games.[13] Renaud Lavillenie was the only man to break a field event record, as he cleared an Olympic best of 5.97 m to win the pole vault competition.[14]

Event Date Name Nationality Result Type
Men's 100 metres 5 August Usain Bolt Jamaica 9.63 OR
Men's 800 metres 9 August David Rudisha Kenya 1:40.91 WR OR
Men's 4 × 100 metres relay 11 August Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
Jamaica 36.84 WR OR
Men's 20 kilometres walk 4 August Chen Ding China 1:18:46 OR
Men's 50 kilometres walk 11 August Sergey Kirdyapkin Russia 3:35:59 OR
Men's pole vault 10 August Renaud Lavillenie France 5.97 m OR
Women's 100 metres hurdles 7 August Sally Pearson Australia 12.35 OR
Women's marathon 5 August Tiki Gelana Ethiopia 2:23:07 OR
Women's 20 kilometres walk 11 August Elena Lashmanova Russia 1:25:02 WR OR
Women's 4 × 100 metres relay 10 August Tianna Madison
Allyson Felix
Bianca Knight
Carmelita Jeter
United States 40.82 WR OR
Women's hammer throw 10 August Tatyana Lysenko Russia 78.18 m OR

Competition schedule[edit]

The venue for the track and field events was the Olympic Stadium while the walks and the marathons started and finished on The Mall.[15] In the tables below, M stands for morning and A for afternoon.

Q Qualifiers H Heats ½ Semifinals F Final
Men[16]
Date → Fri 3 Sat 4 Sun 5 Mon 6 Tue 7 Wed 8 Thu 9 Fri 10 Sat 11 Sun 12
Event ↓ M A M A M A M A M A M A M A M A M A M A
100 m Q H ½ F
200 m H ½ F
400 m H ½ F
800 m H ½ F
1500 m H ½ F
5000 m H F
10,000 m F
110 m hurdles H ½ F
400 m hurdles H ½ F
3000 m steeplechase H F
4x100 m relay H F
4x400 m relay H F
Marathon F
20 km walk F
50 km walk F
Long jump Q F
Triple jump Q F
High jump Q F
Pole vault Q F
Shot put Q F
Discus throw Q F
Javelin throw Q F
Hammer throw Q F
Decathlon F
Women
Date → Fri 3 Sat 4 Sun 5 Mon 6 Tue 7 Wed 8 Thu 9 Fri 10 Sat 11 Sun 12
Event ↓ M A M A M A M A M A M A M A M A M A M A
100 m H ½ F
200 m H ½ F
400 m H ½ F
800 m H ½ F
1500 m H ½ F
5000 m H F
10,000 m F
100 m hurdles H ½ F
400 m hurdles H ½ F
3000 m steeplechase H F
4x100 m relay H F
4x400 m relay H F
Marathon F
20 km walk F
Long jump Q F
Triple jump Q F
High jump Q F
Pole vault Q F
Shot put Q F
Discus throw Q F
Javelin throw Q F
Hammer throw Q F
Heptathlon F


Doping[edit]

Prior to the Olympic competition, several prominent athletes were ruled out of the competition due to failed tests. World indoor medallists Dimitrios Chondrokoukis, Debbie Dunn, and Mariem Alaoui Selsouli were withdrawn from their Olympic teams in July for doping, as was 2004 Olympic medallist Zoltán Kővágó.[17][18][19] At the Olympic competition, Tameka Williams admitted to taking a banned stimulant and was removed from the games.[20] Ivan Tsikhan did not compete in the hammer throw as a re-test of his sample from the 2004 Athens Olympics, where he won silver, was positive.[21]Hassan Hirt,[22] Amine Laâlou,[23] Marina Marghieva,[24] Diego Palomeque,[25] and defending 50 km walk champion Alex Schwazer were also suspended before taking part in their events.[26]

Syrian hurdler Ghfran Almouhamad became the first track-and-field athlete to be suspended following a positive in-competition doping sample.[27] Nadzeya Astapchuk was stripped of the women's shot put title after her sample came back positive for the banned anabolic agent metenolone.[28] Karin Melis Mey was withdrawn before the long jump final when an earlier failed doping test was confirmed.[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Number of Entries By Event. IAAF (2012-07-27). Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
  2. ^ Number of athlete totals based upon information available on 27 July 2012. Totals include reserve athletes (back-ups for injuries/non-starters etc).
  3. ^ "Marthon Venue". London 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  4. ^ Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  5. ^ "US Track & Field Athlete, Gay, Accepts Sanction For Anti-Doping Rule Violation". United States Anti-Doping Agency. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
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  7. ^ Sergey Kirdyapkin wins Olympics 50km walk gold in record time. BBC Sport (2012-08-11). Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  8. ^ Aspin, Guy (2011-08-11). Russia's Elena Lashmanova sets new world record in thrilling finish to women's 20km race walk . The Independent. Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  9. ^ Hayward, Paul (2012-08-06). Usain Bolt wins men's 100m Olympic final in 9.63 seconds to seal legacy. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  10. ^ Garside, Kevin (2012-08-12). Brilliant Usain Bolt leads Jamaica quartet to world record in 4x100m relay. The Independent. Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  11. ^ 40.82! USA shatters women’s 4x100m relay World Record in London!. IAAF (2012-08-10). Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  12. ^ 4x100 Metres Relay All Time. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  13. ^ IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009. IAAF. (pages 546, 548). Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  14. ^ Rowbottom, Mike (2012-08-10). Lavillenie – doing his best to continue the story of French vault success. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  15. ^ Athletics – Schedule
  16. ^ Olympic sport competition schedule.
  17. ^ Debbie Dunn withdraws from Olympics after positive drugs test. The Guardian (2012-07-14). Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  18. ^ London 2012: Two more athletes withdrawn over anti-doping tests. The Guardian (2012-07-26). Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  19. ^ London 2012: Selsouli to miss Games after failed drugs test. BBC Sport (2012-07-25). Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  20. ^ London 2012 Olympics: Sprinter Tameka Williams sent home over drugs . Scotsman (2012-07-30). Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  21. ^ Ivan Tsikhan tests positive. ESPN (2012-08-03). Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  22. ^ French runner Hirt fails EPO test - source. Reuters (2012-08-10). Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  23. ^ London 2012: Amine Laalou, Moroccan 1500m runner, fails doping test. The Guardian (2012-08-03). Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  24. ^ Moldova hammer thrower tossed for doping test. Sports Illustrated (2012-08-04). Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  25. ^ Olympics 400m: Colombian Diego Palomeque fails drugs test. BBC Sport (2012-08-12). Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  26. ^ Anzolin, Elisa (2012-08-08). Athletics - Tearful Schwazer relieved by doping ban. Reuters. Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  27. ^ London 2012: Positive doping test for Syrian athlete Ghfran Almouhamad. The Guardian (2012-08-11). Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  28. ^ Bryant, Tom (2012-08-13). Belarus shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk stripped of gold for doping. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  29. ^ Two Olympians banned over doping. Sky News Australia (2012-12-19) Retrieved on 2012-03-03

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