Whether it's the Olympics, Worlds, Areas, Nationals or just a local meeting, you can guarantee that "certainties" will fail to achieve their prizes of gold medals. That was the case with Wayde Van Niekerk RSA, who was seeking to become one of those rare athletes to double in the 400m and 200m. He DID secure his first objective, but was definitely not expecting to be beaten in the shorter events by a Turkish guy, born in Azerbaijan, Ramil Guliyev. Plus, he only just won silver, edging out Jereem Richards TTO: their times must have been extraordinarily difficult to separate 20.106 to 20.107 - one one-thousandth of a second. Not too many years ago that infinite degree of timing was unavailable, and they would have been adjudged to have dead-heated. Such is the technology nowadays.
Turning to other events in the 2012 Olympics stadium - there was a notable display by a newcomer to the big stage: Kori Carter reigned supreme in the women's 400m Hurdles.
The men's Triple Jump turned out to be classic with Will Claye and Christian Taylor swapping the lead several times, until Taylor eventually prevailed. But his hope of a world record was unfulfilled. Behind these two came a slew of remarkably similar marks, by those men seeking to win the bronze medal (which went to Nelson Evora POR at 17.19). Then three men jumped 17.16 and another 17.15. Junior Cristian Nápoles CUB (27-Nov-98) was 4th - his series had two jumps of 17.16 and four fouls!
Other juniors on show were Hakim Abdul Sani Brown JPN placing 7th in the men's 200m final; Letesenbet Gidey ETH winning heat 1 of the women's 5000m; Vashti Cunningham USA qualifying for the women's High Jump. Non-qualifiers Estelle Raffai FRA in the women's 200m, Johana Arrieta COL in the women's 800m and Samuel Terefa ETH in the men's 1500m.