Skip to main content
Part of complete coverage on

Bahamas deny U.S. to claim historic gold in 4x400 final

August 10, 2012 -- Updated 2242 GMT (0642 HKT)
LeBron James, No. 6 of the United States, goes up for a shot against Luis Scola, No. 4 of Argentina, during the men's basketball semifinal match on August 10. The games ran through August 12 -- <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/09/worldsport/gallery/olympics-day-thirteen/index.html'>check out the best moments from Day 13 of competition</a> on Thursday. LeBron James, No. 6 of the United States, goes up for a shot against Luis Scola, No. 4 of Argentina, during the men's basketball semifinal match on August 10. The games ran through August 12 -- check out the best moments from Day 13 of competition on Thursday.
HIDE CAPTION
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
Day 14: The best photos of the Olympics
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Bahamas win 4x400m relay, beating Team USA to gold
  • USA's women smash 27-year-old world record in 4x100m final
  • France's Renaud Lavillenie takes gold in men's pole vault final with an Olympic record of 5.97m

(CNN) -- The Bahamas claimed a track and field Olympic medal, storming to gold in the 4x400m relay ahead of Team USA on Friday.

Bahamas anchorman Ramon Miller ran an inspired final leg to overall America's Angelo Taylor and come home in a national record of two minutes 56.72 seconds.

Trinidad and Tobago fended off a late surge from Great Britain to take the bronze.

But there was disappointment for the South African team -- which included double-amputee Oscar Pistorius -- as they could only finish in eighth place.

UK's Jessica Ennis wins heptathlon gold

The U.S.'s women fared better in the sprint relay earlier in the evening taking the gold medal in the 4x100m for the first time since the 1996 Atlanta Games.

The quartet, anchored by 100m silver medallist Carmelita Jeter, crossed the line in a time of 41.37 seconds, smashing the world record set by East Germany in 1985.

"I knew that these girls were going to run their hearts out," said Jeter.

"I knew we were running fast. I was already pointing at the clock, saying 'there it is'. There was a cloud hanging over us, with people saying 'they can't do this, they're going to drop the stick' but we did it," Jeter added.

Asli Cakir Alptekin won Turkey's first ever gold medal in track and field taking gold in the women's 1500m final.

The 26-year-old -- who served a two-year doping ban from 2004-2006 -- came home in a time of four minutes 10.23 seconds, fractionally ahead of her compatriot Gamze Bulut with Bahrain's Ethiopian-born Maryam Jamal claiming the bronze.

In the women's 5,000m final, Ethiopia's Meseret Defar took the gold medal ahead of Kenya's Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot with Tirunesh Diaba, also from Ethiopia taking bronze.

France's Renaud Lavillenie took gold in the men's pole vault final, posting an Olympic record of 5.97m.

Germany's Bjorn Otto claimed silver, while compatriot Raphael Holzdeppe took bronze.

There was also an Olympic record for Russia's Tatyana Lysenko, whose throw of 78.18m saw her claim gold in the women's hammer competition.

Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk earned silver with a throw of 77.60m with Germany's Betty Heidler taking bronze with a throw of 77.13m.

Jamaica and the U.S. are safely through the to final of men's 4x100 relay where they will be joined by Canada, Netherlands, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago, France and Australia.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
August 13, 2012 -- Updated 1353 GMT (2153 HKT)
The moment that Team GB's Mo Farah won the 10,000 meters was a wonderful collision of electricity.
August 13, 2012 -- Updated 1534 GMT (2334 HKT)
His blistering pace and larger-than-life antics made him the king of the track in London, and bolstered his claims to be a "living legend."
August 14, 2012 -- Updated 0944 GMT (1744 HKT)
Disappointment for Nigeria's Muizat Ajoke Odumosu, who came last in the 400m hurdles final, London 2012 Olympics.
The Olympics are generally won and lost long before the opening ceremony cauldron is touched by fire.
August 12, 2012 -- Updated 0738 GMT (1538 HKT)
Fans of the home side, Team GB, wave Union Jack flags during the Olympic Games
CNN's Richard Quest believes the London Games will be regarded as having brought the Olympics concept home.
August 11, 2012 -- Updated 1633 GMT (0033 HKT)
Strategist Alastair Campbell says he never imagined London 2012 would be quite the triumph it turned out to be.
August 14, 2012 -- Updated 2057 GMT (0457 HKT)
Award-winning director Danny Boyle celebrates the best of British music in London 2012's Olympic Closing Ceremony.
January 31, 2013 -- Updated 1452 GMT (2252 HKT)
From Usain Bolt's record-setting achievements to an unexpected Ugandan gold, London 2012 has provided a wide array of highlights.
August 13, 2012 -- Updated 0305 GMT (1105 HKT)
CNN's Amanda Davies recaps the London 2012 Olympics from the opening ceremony on July 27 to the finale on day 16.
August 12, 2012 -- Updated 1702 GMT (0102 HKT)
Mo Farah and Usain Bolt celebrate their success at the London 2012 Olympic Games by copying each other's
It's been just over two weeks since the Queen parachuted into London's Olympic Stadium, her apricot dress flapping in the breeze.
August 15, 2012 -- Updated 1214 GMT (2014 HKT)
When the world's top marathon runners bid to win Olympic gold, they would do well to draw inspiration from one of the greatest athletes in the history of track and field.
August 11, 2012 -- Updated 1633 GMT (0033 HKT)
Team GB supporters with their faces painted in Union Jack designs at the Olympic Stadium in London.
Alastair Campbell always thought London 2012 would be a success, but never imagined it would be quite the triumph it has turned out to be.
August 10, 2012 -- Updated 1021 GMT (1821 HKT)
Adrien Niyonshuti is unlikely to win an Olympic medal, and he will do well to even finish his event, but his story is surely one of the most inspirational.
August 10, 2012 -- Updated 1605 GMT (0005 HKT)
The colors of the Olympic Rings at the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, August 2012.
Olympic fever has cheered up London and made it a more welcoming place, but will optimism be one of the legacies of the Games?
August 10, 2012 -- Updated 1825 GMT (0225 HKT)
Wojdan Shaherkani's Olympic debut was short, but sweet -- the Saudi judoka said competing at the Games was
London 2012 is the first Olympics to feature women in every national team, with Jacques Rogge hailing a "major boost for gender equality."
August 10, 2012 -- Updated 0040 GMT (0840 HKT)
An impoverished South Korean gymnast has not only struck Olympic gold, but also reaped a $444,000 donation in a veritable rags to riches tale.
August 9, 2012 -- Updated 0046 GMT (0846 HKT)
Britain's hero Jessica Ennis is set to cash in after winning heptathlon gold, but the poster girl of the 2012 Olympics says fame is not her motivation.
August 8, 2012 -- Updated 0746 GMT (1546 HKT)
China is rallying around fallen hurdler Liu Xiang after he failed to make it past the first-round heat for a second consecutive Olympics.
August 3, 2012 -- Updated 1930 GMT (0330 HKT)
The first woman to win Olympic gold almost died in a plane crash, but remarkably returned to run again for the U.S. in 1936.
August 7, 2012 -- Updated 1504 GMT (2304 HKT)
Don Paige could not bear to watch the race he knew he could win. The 1980 Moscow Olympics were the death of a dream for many athletes.
August 4, 2012 -- Updated 1421 GMT (2221 HKT)
Ricardo Blas Jr
While Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt grab the headlines, little-known athletes from around the world keep alive the original spirit of the Olympics.
Athletes spend years eating the right foods ... and then must resist the free fast food in the Olympic village. How do they do it?
ADVERTISEMENT