Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Allyson Felix, Aries Merritt, and Brittney Reese lead American charge Wednesday night...

LONDON--In a span of 90 minutes, American athletes won seven medals Wednesday night at Olympic Stadium, taking three gold medals, and 7 of 12 as day six of the track & field competition concluded.

Allyson Felix (left/photo courtesy , the two-time Olympic runner-up in the 200, finally came up golden, overcoming a sluggish start to beat Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price and American teammate Carmelita Jeter.

Felix crossed the line in 21.88, with Fraser-Price at 22.09, and Jeter at 22.14.

Aries Merritt continued his dominance this season, as the Tennessee alum won the 110 hurdles in 12.92, defeating reigning world champ Jason Richardson,who took the silver in 13.04.

Long jumper Brittney Reese continued her dominance of the long jump, winning her first career Olympic title with a leap of 23-4 1/4 (7.12m), to add to her two career world indoor and a pair of world outdoor crowns.

In a mild surprise, Janay Deloach moved into third and stayed there with a jump to 22-7 1/4 (6.89m) to claim the bronze.

World champ LaShinda Demus, who has struggled with injuries this season, finished second in the 400 hurdles, running a season best 52.77 behind Natalya Antyukh of Russia's winning time of 52.70, a new PR.

As expected, Oregon alum and world record holder Ashton Eaton (4661) and reigning world champ Trey Hardee (4441) sit 1-2 at the break in the decathlon.

Thursday morning at 9:30 am (1:30 am in Seattle), Ebba Jungmark of Sweden, a former NCAA champion at Washington State University, will compete in group B of the women's high jump qualifying round. Jungmark is the only athlete with Washington ties competing on Thursday.

The top 12 jumpers will advance to Saturday night's finals.

Finals contested Thursday night include the men's triple jump, 800 and 200; and the women's javelin.

Complete day six results are available here.

The start lists for day seven are available here.

NOTE: USA Track & Field and the IAAF contributed to this report.

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