How can one put into words what happened in the Olympic Games today! It was just indescribable, and one had to see it to believe it. The day belonged to athletics, or track and field, with boxing, canoeing, and wrestling making up the bulk of the rest of the events. But no matter how thrilling those other sports were, they were incomparable to what was happening on the track. History was being set on all kinds of levels in the Stadium and emotions of joy, elation, pride, and sheer excitement was just running riot.
The real excitement of the evening began with most emphatic win of the night. It came in the women's 4x400m Relay as the USA stormed to gold, with the fabulous quartet of DeeDee Trotter, Allyson Felix, Francena McCorory and Sanya Richards-Ross setting up an unbeatable lead, from start to finish, to beat Russia by almost three-and-a-half seconds. The American team ran their heart out and got a world record out of it.
This deserved success was followed by one of the most emotionally charged race in British athletics when Mo Farah, the Gold medallist in the 10,000 metres, ran in the 5,000 metres. He strategically ran the race of his life until the bell on the final lap when he was suddenly challenged by an African runner and the Olympic Stadium erupted with nervous anticipation, excitement and support. The whole nation, in fact, must have stood on its feet to cheer him on. I was actually on my knees in front of my TV shouting at it, urging Mo to make that final dash, and boy did he do it with style.
That must have been an amazing race for him because, with a heavily pregnant wife expecting twins any minute now, he must have wondered at some point whether anything might happen to make her give birth right there and then! That's the stuff of thrillers! Mo Farah takes his place as the seventh greatest long distance runner in history, and one who has now got a thing or two to show the African master athletes who have dominated this event for the last few decades. Most amazing, Britain now has an Olympic double Gold medallist in long distance sport, one that it expected very little from!
The superb day of athletics ended with the a memorable flourish when the greatest Jamaican Relay 4x100m team, with Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt as anchormen, smashed the world record and brought their country to final glory over their American counterparts, who tried so very hard but could only manage Silver in the face of such blistering pace. The men's team must have felt very disappointed after seeing their female 4x400 compatriots create a new world record. In that race, Jamaica's women could only manage a Bronze place. With Blake and Bolt now unparalleled as the fastest men on earth, the future could be even more unpredictable in athletics. What a legacy for future generations. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.
Elsewhere, a lot was happening for some athletes. In a shock result, Mexico beat the favourites, Brazil, in football by 2-1 goals. Oribe Peralta wrote his name into Mexican folklore as the main man with a double score against the five-time world champions. Brazil had played in a commanding way throughout the Games, beating every team in sight by an average of three goals. Yet these underdogs not only dispatched Spain, the World and European Champions, but made light work of Brazil too. This result would have been very disappointing for Brazil itself which is holding both the next World Cup and the next Olympics. The country would have felt good going into both competitions with an Olympic Gold medal. As it stands, their team had to settle for the Silver.
Trinidad and Tobago's Keshorn Walcott also astounded the audience when he won the Javelin competition, beating so many athletes from all the big countries. The small West Indian islands, on few resources, certainly have a lot to be proud of in these Games, as they have continually bested their more affluent counterparts.
Russia's Sergey Kirdyapkin won the 50km Race Walk in an Olympic record time and the women's 20km Race walk title went to Russia's Elena Lashmanova in a new world record time of 1:25.02. In fact, the Russian federation won a significant clutch of medals today to dramatically push them up the medal table to the current fourth place! The USA cemented their grip at the top of the medals when another American, David Boudia, won the 10m Platform Diving final, edging out both the former world champion Qiu Bo and our own home hope, Tom Daley, while David Svoboda from the Czech Republic made certain to bag the Modern Pentathlon crown.
Final Day Highlights
On the final day, the stage belongs to the Marathon winner who will be crowned during the Closing Ceremony to symbolise the performances, successes, conquering of adversity and hopes of all the athletes present. The race is expected to be dominated by the Kenyans and Ethiopians who have not made as much impact at these Games as they normally have done. The ones to watch are Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich and Ayele Abshero who are among the favourites to take top spot on the podium.
There is also the women's Modern Pentathlon event which is expected to be won by Germany's Lena Schoneborn, and the 'Dream Team' from USA will have another glorious opportunity for Gold in the men's Basketball final against Spain.
32 Gold medals were awarded in the following 15 sports:
*Athletics(8) (Sergei Kirdyapkin, Russian Fed; Elena Lasmanova, Russian Fed; Anna Chicherova, Russian Fed; Keshorn Walcott, Trinidad & Tobago; Mohamed Farah, Great Britain; Mariya Savinova, Russian Fed; Team USA; Team Jamaica)
*Basketball (Team Australia)
*Boxing(5) (Smiming Zou, China; Luke Campbell, Great Britain; Roniel Sotolongo Iglesias, Cuba; Ryota Murata, Japan; Oleksandr Usyk, Ukraine)
*Canoe Sprint(4) (Ed McKeever, Great Britain; Yuri Cheban, Ukraine; Lisa Carrington, New Zealand; Team Russian Federation)
*Cycling, Mountain Bike (Julie Bresset, France)
*Diving (David Boudia, USA)
*Football (Team Mexico)
*Gymnastics Rhythmic (Evgeniya Kanaeva, Russian Fed)
*Handball (Team Norway)
*Hockey (Team Germany)
*Modern Pentathlon (David Svoboda, Czech Republic)
*Sailing (Team Spain)
*Taeqwondo(2) (Milica Mandic, Serbia; Carlo Molfetta, Italy)
*Volleyball (Team Brazil)
*Wrestling(3) (Toghrul Asgarov, Azerbaijan; Sharif Sharifov, Azerbaijan; Artur Taymazov, Uzbekistan)
DAY 15 MEDAL LEADERS
1. United States 102 Total (44Gold, 29Silver,29Bronze)
2. China 87 (38Gold, 27Silver 22Bronze)
3. Great Britain 62 (28Gold, 15Silver, 19Bronze)
4. Russian Federation 78 (21Gold, 25Silver, 32Bronze)
5. South Korea 27 (13Gold, 7Silver 7Bronze)
6. Germany 44 (11Gold, 19Silver,14Bronze)
7. France 33 (10Gold, 11Silver 12Bronze)
8. Italy 23 (8Gold, 7Silver, 8Bronze)
9. Hungary 17 (8Gold, 4Silver, 5Bronze)
10. Australia 35 (7Gold, 16Silver 12Bronze)
(84 countries have won medals. 287 Gold medals of 302 available have now been decided.)
For detailed results and LIVE viewings
BBC Sport (videos might not be accessible)
London2012.com (Great pictures)