“The Olympic motto is faster, higher, stronger.” America came with their “A” game!
The final numbers: 104 medals for the United States, 46 of them gold, their highest total at a “road” Olympics. China won 87 medals, 38 of them gold, down from what they did as the home team in 2008. Britain won 29 golds, third-most of any nation, and 65 overall – fourth in that category behind Russia, a winner of 82 medals, 24 gold.
The U.S. women’s 4×100-meter team set a world record that had stood since 1985, perfectly passing the baton from one sprinter to the next and crossing the line in 40.82.The U.S. women nearly broke the record in qualifying, with both Jeter and Felix’s spots being taken by Jeneba Tarmoh and Lauryn Williams. With such a dominating performance in qualifying without two of the top runners, there was a universal feeling that the team could break the record on Friday night.