Olympic Updates 2012: Latest Updates from Today's Track and Field Events

Scott CarasikContributor IIAugust 4, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04:  Ding Chen of China celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win a Gold Medal  during the Race Walk Athletics on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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There are quite a few big things going on today in the world of track and field. These are the biggest updates from the 2012 London Games. 

 

Men's 20-Kilometer Walk Won by Chinese Chen Ding, and a New Olympic Record Is Set

Chen Ding is a Chinese national who just won the men's 20-kilometer walk event in London. It's a very anti-climatic event that will remind people more of Malcolm in the Middle than an actual track meet. However, Ding's accomplishment is still an Olympic record nonetheless.

Ding finished with a time of 1 hour, 18 minutes and 46 seconds in the 20-kilometer race. It's a time that would beat most average Americans running the almost 12.5 mile course. To put this in perspective, he averaged around six-and-a-half minutes per mile. The US Army's physical fitness test only requires people to run an average of eight minutes per mile. And Ding walked it to gold a full 13 seconds faster than the silver-medal winner.

 

Men's 100-meter Dash Has a New Front-Runner After Qualifying

Everyone is talking about Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt of Jamaica. And if not them, they are talking about Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay of the United States. However, the name that is currently leading the 100-meter in qualifying is none of the above. It's the lesser-known American sprinter named Ryan Bailey leading the competition with a 9.88-second time in the 100-meter.

Bailey may not end up winning the final race, but a 9.88 is competitive enough to earn him the top spot in the semifinal races. Expect this to still come down to the Jamaicans in the end as they are still the two top sprinters in the world.

 

"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius Qualifies for the 400-Meter Semifinals, Barely

Pistorius has become an amazing inspiration by earning his personal goal of a semifinal berth in the Olympics. He got a time of 45.44 seconds in his 400-meter run. However, if the Blade Runner wants to make it to the finals, he will have to shave off another .3 seconds or more off his time.

So it's very unlikely that the man who is a double-amputee progresses any further. Since he just barely qualified as the 16th best runner in the 400-meter run, it would be too much to expect him to complete his Olympic Games with a medal. Crazier things have happened though.

 

Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek and runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.