We come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord…..trusting in His holy word, He’s never failed me yet….ohhhh, can’t turn around, we come this far by faith! Welcome back to your Special Spiritual Sports Segment on a Saturday on ceejaysports.com, where I give you your spiritually twisted sports….I’m C.E.E.J.A.Y., Le’ Go!
|American Swimming Domination!|
Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin & Katie Ledecky
He has a flair for the dramatic in his coup de grace as Michael Phelps got off to bad start, had a not so perfect turn and was in 7th place down the stretch in the Men’s 100 Butterfly, his final individual swimming event of these Olympics. As his mom cheered on with nervousness, Phelps reached down deep and his arms stretched out like Mister Fantastic to touch the wall 21 hundredths of a second of Chad Le Clos of South Africa and Phelps capped off his final Olympics with gold, his record 17th gold and record 21 total medals adding to his title of most decorated Olympian of all time and at the end of race Phelps stated "I'm just happy that the last one was a win...that's all I really wanted coming into the night."
As Phelps continues his last Olympic tour, the youngest member of the US Olympic Team is just getting her Olympic career started. 15 year old Katie Ledecky not only won gold in the Women’s 800m Freestyle but simply crushed defending Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington of Britain and set an American record of 8 minutes, 15.63 seconds, beating Janet Evans’ record set eight years before Ledecky was even born!
The darling in the swimming pool of these Olympics added to her medal count to four, with three being gold as Missy Franklin was outstanding in the Women’s 200m Backstroke so much so that she set a world record with a time of 2 minutes, 4.06 seconds and American Elizabeth Beisel finished third for the bronze. Other on the field highlights include the US Women’s soccer team advancing to the semi-finals with a 2-0 win over New Zealand, the women’s basketball team started off slow but finished fast with a 88-61 drubbing against the Czech Republic as Diana Taurasi and Tina Charles each poured in 18 points and the American women in water polo remained perfect on the strength of their defense to win against China 7-6.
In the event my wife and sensational sister-in-law have eagerly been waiting for, Track and Field kicked off yesterday with several rounds of heats and world champion Camelita Jeter blew away the field and cruised in the Women’s 100m with a time of 10.83 seconds and Allyson Felix, who earned a controversial spot after a dead heat tie to make the 100m team and with Jenebah Tarmoh conceding her spot, will race today in the semi-final along with Tianna Madison.
As we wrapped another eventful day for the London Olympics, the medal count race heats up as the United States are still in the lead with 44 totals medals consisting of 21 gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze and China is only one behind with 43 medals comprising of 20 gold, 14 silver and 9 bronze and Great Britain has overtaken Japan for third with 25 total medals.
For your London Olympic News, defending champion LaShawn Merritt of the U.S. pulled up in the backstretch of his 400-meter preliminary heat and stopped in his quest for a second straight Olympic title by an ailing left hamstring, after the badminton scandal a couple few days ago, the South Korean Olympic delegation is sending home four badminton players disqualified for trying to lose matches at the London Games, the Brazilian Olympic Committee says rower Kissya Cataldo da Costa has been suspended for failing a doping test before the London Games, hammer thrower Marina Marghieva of Moldova is out of the Olympics for doping, Russian track cyclist Victoria Baranova was expelled from the London Games after failing a pre-Olympics doping test, Moroccan runner Amine Laalou did not run in his 1,500-meter heat at the London Olympics, and was reported to have tested positive for doping, Brazilian organizers are promising full venues at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, vowing to avoid the problem of empty seats that has dogged the London Games, and finally, an Australian rower was sent home from the Olympics after damaging two stores outside London, actions that left him "deeply ashamed" and with a bill of $2,175 to repair the broken windows. Dude, news flash.....you go to the Olympics to break records not windows……huh?!
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