By The Associated Press, Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you:
LET'S RUN TWO TODAY
The fastest men in the world on one of the fastest tracks around. Should make for an electric night in the 100-meter dash.
Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and the rest of a blazing will run in the semifinals, with the fastest advancing to the finals on Sunday night.
Bolt was just OK in the preliminaries on Saturday, starting poorly on his way to a 10.09. That's good for sixth fastest, but the world record holder says he feels great heading into the big day. Americans Ryan Bailey and Justin Gatlin are also in the mix.
"My legs are great. My training has been great," Bolt says. "I'm feeling better."
— Jon Krawczynski — Twitter http://www.twitter.com/APKrawczynski
ANYONE FOR ENNIS?
This wasn't a competition. It was a coronation.
With a healthy lead in the heptathlon, Britain's Olympic poster girl Jessica Ennis could almost have walked around the final event, the 800 meters. But the roars of 80,000 fans carried her over the line in first place.
As she headed around the second and last lap, the Olympic Stadium announcer implored the crowd to make more noise. And, somehow, they did. And they carried her over the line in first place.
I've been in some noisy stadiums in my time (vuvuzelas in South Africa, anybody?) but this felt — I could physically feel the roar — like the loudest by far.
—Mike Corder — Twitter http://www.twitter.com/mikecorder
A 29-year-old firefighter from California is preparing to compete in the quarterfinals of the sprint tournament, track cycling's blue-ribbon event.
Jimmy Watkins is a full-time firefighter who keeps a bike next to his fire engine so he can train. He's says he's appreciative of all of the guys who are covering his shifts back home at the Kern County Fire Department so he can compete.
"Everybody is just super supportive. It's cool to know that you have a lot of people behind you. It make you not want to let them down because a lot of people have sacrificed a lot for me to be here," Watkins said. "I just want to make sure that I don't waste any of their effort."
— Samuel Petrequin — Twitter http://www.twitter.com/sampetrequin
HE DELIVERED, SHE DIDN'T
Britain's Mo Farah couldn't contain his excitement as he won the 10,000 meters gold medal. But his wife Tania, seven months pregnant, was desperately trying to keep her emotions in check.
The Somali-born Farah embraced his wife, and their young daughter on the track after his Olympic winning run. Tania had earlier joked that being at the stadium at all was probably a risk. The raucous atmosphere, she suggested, could send her into labor early.
She said she'd even checked that there would be doctors on hand at the stadium. Just in case.
— David Stringer - Twitter http://twitter.com/david_stringer
CHANGING HIS SPIKES
Marquise Goodwin is headed from the sand pit to the football field.
Goodwin will trade in his track spikes for his cleats. The wide receiver for the Texas Longhorns plans to head back from the Olympics to begin preparing for the upcoming season.
He said practice starts Sunday, and wasn't sure if he'd get any time off.
"I don't know. I didn't get a medal," he said.
Goodwin was struggling to come to terms Saturday night with his defeat.
"Man, started off fouled my first jump which was my farthest jump. Couldn't get on the board," he said. "Disappointing day, I let everyone down. I gave it all I had. I just didn't have it."
— Jenna Fryer — Twitter http://twitter.com/jennafryer
They are electric, radio controlled, pretty nippy and represent a British icon.
They are the three "mini Minis" introduced to the field of play to shuttle javelins, discuses, shots and hammers from the field back to the throwing area.