Posted: Aug 8, 2012 2:57 PM by cbssports.com
Updated: Aug 8, 2012 3:16 PM
LONDON - Allyson Felix of the U.S. finally got her Olympic gold in the 200 meters Wednesday night, overtaking two-time 100 champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica down the stretch to win in 21.88 seconds.
Felix, a silver medalist in the 200 in 2004 and 2008, was behind coming off the turn but powered past Fraser-Pryce over the last 40 meters.
Fraser-Pryce got the silver in 22.09. Carmelita Jeter of the U.S. was third in 22.14 for the bronze, her second medal of the London Games after a silver in the 100.
Elsewhere, Usain Bolt slowed coming around the bend, looked to his left and saw his lead shrinking.
So the Jamaican turned the speed back up a notch for a few strides, enough to ensure he would win his semifinal heat in 20.18 seconds Wednesday night, moving closer to becoming the first man with two Olympic golds in the 200 meters.
The man two lanes over who was gaining on Bolt, Anaso Jobodwana of South Africa, finished in 20.27 to reach Thursday's final.
Bolt already successfully defended his 100 title from Beijing on Sunday.
The 200 final will include Bolt's teammate and training partner, 100 silver medalist Yohan Blake, who won the first heat in 20.01. Wallace Spearmon of the U.S. was second in 20.02, with Christophe Lemaitre of France next in 20.03 to also advance.
Churandy Martina of the Netherlands, Warren Weir of Jamaica and Alex Quinonez of Ecuador round out the field.
Meantime in beach volleyball, Misty May-Treanor danced on the sand and then off it, taking a victory lap around the court before leaving Horse Guards Parade with Kerri Walsh Jennings as the first three-time gold medalists in Olympic beach volleyball history.
Extending their Olympic winning streak to 21 matches, Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor beat fellow Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross 21-16, 21-16 on Wednesday night.
The two-time defending champions fell to their knees and hugged as Ross' final serve went long on match point, then took the celebration to the stands.
May-Treanor, who was knocked out of "Dancing with the Stars" when she tore her Achilles tendon, then began doing a funky jig to rival the scantily clad cheerleaders who entertain the sold-out crowds and the Olympics' iconic venue during timeouts.
The winners hugged their family and friends in the stands -- although not May-Treanor's husband, Matt, a Los Angeles Dodgers catcher who was watching on a computer from the team's clubhouse -- and high-fived just about everyone holding an American flag.
Even Ross and Kessy, who won a silver medal in their Olympic debut, have called their fellow Americans legends.
But they were hoping to supplant them as the top team in the United States by depriving them another Olympic gold medal. Instead, the Athens, Beijing and now London gold medalists remained unbeaten through three Olympiads, losing just one of 43 sets.
It was the Olympic farewell for May-Treanor, who has said she would like to have children.