What was expected to be a fast track was the scene for three worlds records — Bolt's Jamaican team in the men's 4x100 relay, Felix's U.S. quartet in the women's 4x100 relay, and Kenya's David Rudisha in the 800 meters, a run that International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge singled out as a "magic moment."
There were others:
— The morning session of Day 1 on the track — often a quiet, sleepy, sparsely attended affair at the Olympics — was a rolicking, must-see event with nary an empty seat, thanks in large part to Britain's Jessica Ennis, who ran a heptathlon-record time in the 100-meter hurdles to get things going. Turned out to be merely a prelude to the thrills and deafening roars the following night, when in the span of less than an hour, the host country earned three golds: from Ennis in the heptathlon, Greg Rutherford in the long jump, and Mo Farah in the 10,000 meters (he would go on to add the 5,000 title, too).
— South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, aka "Blade Runner," who became the first amputee to compete on the track at an Olympics, his carbon-fiber prosthetics clack-clacking as he qualified for the 400-meter semifinals.
— Manteo Mitchell of the U.S. running the last half-lap of the opening leg in 4x400-meter relay preliminaries after hearing and feeling his left fibula snap. "Even though track is an individual sport, you've got three guys depending on you, the whole world watching you," Mitchell said. "You don't want to let anyone down."
AP Sports Writers Mark Long and Tim Reynolds contributed to this report.
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