News / Americas

Jamaican Sprinters Advance in London Without Bolt

Jamaica's Yohan Blake (2nd R) takes the baton from teammate Michael Frater (2nd L) next to Netherlands' Giovanni Codrington (L) during the men's 4x100m relay round at the Olympic Stadium, August 10, 2012.
Jamaica's Yohan Blake (2nd R) takes the baton from teammate Michael Frater (2nd L) next to Netherlands' Giovanni Codrington (L) during the men's 4x100m relay round at the Olympic Stadium, August 10, 2012.
The world's fastest man rested while his Jamaican teammates stayed on track for another gold medal.

Jamaica easily advanced Friday in the men's 4x100 relay at the London Olympics, giving Bolt a chance to achieve an unprecedented Olympic "triple-double" Saturday.

A win in the 4x100 would follow his victories in the 100- and 200-meter sprints.  He won all three races at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Bolt and his teammates will face a tough U.S. squad anchored by 100-meter bronze medalist Justin Gatlin.

Also Friday, Ethiopian Meseret Defar won the gold medal in the women's 5,000-meter race, denying teammate Tirunesh Dibaba a chance for an Olympic "double-double."

In other track and field results, the Bahamas won the men's 4x400-meter relay in a national record time of 2 minutes, 56.72 seconds.
 
The U.S. won the women's 4x100 relay, Russia took the women's hammer throw, and France the men's pole vault.  Turkey captured gold and silver in the women's 1,500-meter race.

Meanwhile, the London Olympics suffered another doping incident when a French runner tested positive for a banned substance.

And the International Olympic Committee stripped U.S. cyclist Tyler Hamilton of his gold medal from the road race time trials at the 2004 Athens Olympics, after he admitted using performance-enhancing drugs.

The IOC's Mark Adams announced a reallocation of the medals from that 2004 event.

"Ekimov, the Russian who was in second place will now get the gold medal, Bobby Julich from the USA gets the silver medal, and in third place Michael Rogers, the Australian cyclist, will get the bronze medal," he said.

"One of the sad things of doping is that people who should have got the medals don't get their moment in the sun, as it were, in the stadium. So here's a chance maybe to recognize them. So it does happen, but that is a matter for the team, for the national Olympic Committee, to organize," also said Adams.

In other results, Russia earned a gold medal in synchronized swimming, while Colombian and Latvian competitors took home gold in BMX cycling.

Russian and American wrestlers won gold medals in men's freestyle, and the Netherlands won the gold in women's field hockey.

In men's basketball semifinals, Spain beat Russia and the U.S. beat Argentina, setting up Sunday's gold medal game.  The star-studded U.S. squad is seeking its second straight Olympic title.
 
In the medal count, the U.S. and China remain far ahead, with Russia in third and Britain in fourth.  The U.S. and China are about even in gold medals.

You May Like

IS Militants Release 49 Turkish Hostages

Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reports that no ransom was paid and no conditions accepted for the hostages' release; few details of the release are known More

Photogallery IS Attacks Send Thousands of Syrian Kurds Fleeing to Turkey

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 300 Kurdish fighters crossed into Syria from Turkey to defend a Kurdish area from attack by the Islamic militants More

Video Sierra Leone's Ebola Lockdown Continues

Thousands of health workers are going door to door in the West African country of 6 million, informing people of how to avoid Ebola, handing out soap More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Fears Ebola Outbreak ‘Beyond Our Capability to Contain’i
X
Jeff Seldin
September 20, 2014 10:28 PM
Each day brings with it new warnings about the deadly Ebola outbreak already blamed for killing more than 2,600 people across West Africa. And while countries and international organizations like the United Nations are starting to come through on promises of help for those most affected, the unprecedented speed with which the virus has spread is raising questions about the international response. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from Washington.
Video

Video Fears Ebola Outbreak ‘Beyond Our Capability to Contain’

Each day brings with it new warnings about the deadly Ebola outbreak already blamed for killing more than 2,600 people across West Africa. And while countries and international organizations like the United Nations are starting to come through on promises of help for those most affected, the unprecedented speed with which the virus has spread is raising questions about the international response. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from Washington.
Video

Video Iran, World Powers Seek Progress in Nuclear Talks

Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, known as the P5 + 1, have started a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear program. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports that as the negotiations take place in New York, a U.S. envoy is questioning Iran's commitment to peaceful nuclear activity.
Video

Video Obama Goes to UN With Islamic State, Ebola on Agenda

President Obama goes to the United Nations General Assembly to rally nations to support a coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. He also will look for nations to back his plan to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. As VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports, Obama’s efforts reflect new moves by the U.S. administration to take a leading role in addressing world crises.
Video

Video Migrants Caught in No-Man's Land Called Calais

The deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean this week has only recast the spotlight on the perils of reaching Europe. And for those forunate enough to reach a place like Calais, France, only find that their problems aren't over. Lisa Bryant has the story.
Video

Video Westgate Siege Anniversary Brings Back Painful Memories

One year after it happened, the survivors of the terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall still cannot shake the images of that tragic incident. For VOA, Mohammed Yusuf tells the story of victims still waiting for the answer to the question 'how could this happen?'
Video

Video Militant Assault in Syria Displaces Thousands of Kurds

A major assault by Islamic State militants on Kurds in Syria has sent a wave of new refugees to the Turkish border, where they were stopped by Turkish border security. Turkey is already hosting about 700,000 Syrian refugees who fled the civil war between the government and the opposition. But the government in Ankara has a history of strained relations with Turkey's Kurdish minority. Zlatica Hoke reports Turkey is asking for international help.
Video

Video Whaling Summit Votes to Uphold Ban on Japan Whale Hunt

The International Whaling Commission, meeting in Slovenia, has voted to uphold a court ruling banning Japan from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean. Conservationists hailed the ruling as a victory, but Tokyo says it will submit revised plans for a whale hunt in 2015. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid

More Americas News

Former El Salvador President to Await Graft Trial in Jail, Not at Home

Francisco Flores, who had been on the run until early Sept. before turning himself in, accused of misappropriating $15M in 2001 earthquake relief donations
More

US Won't Impede Venezuela's UN Security Council Bid

Washington is clearly unhappy, however, with idea of country joining the Council, which has the task of overseeing international peace and security
More

Video Dehydration Is Top Killer of Southern Arizona's Migrants

US Border Patrol's search and rescue unit launches 'blue blinking light of life program' - a series of poles strategically placed throughout desert that emit high-intensity blue light
More

US Steps Up Pressure on Guatemala Over Labor Rights

Trade representative says Obama administration will push ahead with legal action under free trade agreement to make country meet international standards
More

Video US Attempts Crackdown on Trafficking Along Southern Border

Nogales, Arizona, notoriously known as 'tunnel city,' used by traffickers to smuggle humans, narcotics into US and Border Patrol responds with new technologies
More

Video Arizona Non-Profit Helps Keep Dehydrated Migrants Alive

The Sonoran Desert, a common crossing point for illegal immigrants, is one of North America's hottest places
More