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Drama Marks Historic Day At The Olympics

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David Rudisha of Kenya beat his own world record to win the gold medal in the 800-meter final. (AP)United States' Ashton Eaton, who won gold in the decathlon, takes a throw in the javelin in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP)United States' Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates after scoring against Japan goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto (1) during the women's soccer gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP)South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP)Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP)London Olympics Swimming Men

It’s day 14 at the summer Olympics in London.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt made history yesterday when he blew away the field in the men’s 200-meter final by beating his rivail Yohan Blake just like he did in the 100 meters last Sunday.

Bolt has taken to calling himself “a living legend,” which has begun to irk some sports commentators.

“Usain Bolt is unquestionably a living legend but I finally got a little tired of telling me that for the 19th time last night,” said Phil Hersh of the Chicago Tribune.

Also on the Olympic Stadium track, American Ashton Eaton won the decathlon and Kenya’s David Rudisha broke his own world record in the 800-meters by completing the two-lap race in 1-minute-40-point-1-second.

Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated said Rudisha’s performance is nothing short of amazing.

“For the entire globe Usain Bolt is a  bigger deal than David Rudisha will ever be. For people that really have a passion for track and field what  Rudisha did last night may have even been more impressive than what Bolt has done throughout the entire games,”  Layden said.

Meanwhile, the games have been good to American women teams.

The US women won water polo gold when they beat Spain in the final match.

At Wembley Stadium, the US women’s soccer team edged Japan 2-1 to win the gold medal, avenging last year’s loss to Japan in the World Cup.

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