LONDON — The United States flexed its Olympian track and field muscles Wednesday as Allyson Felix won the 200-meter gold, Aries Merrit claimed the 110-meter hurdles, Brittney Reese the long jump and Ashton Eaton took a stranglehold on the decathlon at halfway.
Four years ago, Jamaica gave the U.S. a sprint pummelling, winning both 100s, both 200s and the men’s 4x100 relay. Normal service is likely to be resumed today after Jamaican duo Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake looked a class apart when they cruised into the men’s 200 final.
However, on a night when the U.S. picked up three golds among seven of the available 12 track and field medals, not even the most one-eyed islander could begrudge Felix her moment of triumph having finished runner-up to Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown at the previous two Olympics.
Felix came off the bend even with her nemesis and 100 champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, but maintained her form to win in 21.88 seconds.
Fraser-Pryce took silver in 22.09 with American Carmelita Jeter third in 22.14.