2012 Summer Olympics Come to a Close
The 2012 Summer Olympics came to a close Sunday in London. For 16 straight days the best of the best competed for a chance to bring home a gold medal.
Twelve former and current University of Arkansas athletes competed, and of the 12 competitors, two are bringing home medals.
Competing in the Olympics is a dream only the best athletes make come true and that’s exactly what former Razorback Veronica Campbell-Brown did.
In her final run of the 2012 Olympics, Campbell-Brown earned a silver medal as a member of Jamaica’s 4×100-meter relay team. She and her teammates established a Jamaican national record with a time of 41.41 in the race.
The silver medal is her second of the 2012 Olympics; she won a bronze in the 100 meters, making her career total seven.
Another former Razorback Tyson Gay won a silver medal Saturday as part of the American men’s 4×100-meter relay team. The foursome of Gay, Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin and Ryan Bailey combined for an American record time of 37.04. The performance marked the first career Olympic medal for Gay.
Runner Wallace Spearmon, Jr., finished fourth in the final of the 200 meters Thursday. The former Razorback athlete finished with a season-best time of 19.90 in that race. This was the second trip to the Olympics for Spearmon; he also competed at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
On day one of the track and field competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, University of Arkansas alums Raymond Higgs and Samuel Vazquez took on the world’s best in the long jump and 1,500 meters, respectively. Higgs finished ninth in his flight and 21st overall but did not advance to the event final, while Vazquez finished in 40th in the first round of the 1,500 meters.
Other University of Arkansas Olympic track competitors include Regina George, Kerri-Ann Mitchell, Marek Niit, Tina Sutej, Ivanique Kemp, Alistair Cragg, and Jeremy Scott.
Team USA won the most medals in the summer games — 104. Forty-six of those medals are gold, twenty-nine are silver and twenty-nine are bronze.
China came in second overall with 87 medals and Great Britain in third with 64.