The United States won the overall medal standings in track and field at the 2012 Summer Olympics with 29 medals, and also led the way with nine golds. There was much said and written about the best track performers for the U.S. during the London Games, but perhaps not as much attention was given to the Americans who secured podium finishes in field events.
The following list takes a look at the three men and four women who won medals for the U.S. in field events:
Christian Taylor: A rising star for the U.S. at age 22, Taylor uses his sprinter's speed and improving technique to best the competition in the triple jump. The 2011 World Championships gold medalist in the event, he achieved Olympic glory by winning the triple jump gold at the London Games. Taylor should be a solid bet for another try at gold in 2016.
Will Claye: Another young American standout in jump events, Claye pulled off an impressive feat in London by capturing medals in both the long jump and the triple jump. By winning bronze and silver respectively, Claye became the first man to accomplish this Olympic double since 1936.
Reese Hoffa: Hoffa was one of America's three medal hopefuls in the shot put, but was the only one to heave the shot a sufficient distance for a podium finish, taking the bronze at 21.23 meters. The other U.S. competitors, Beijing silver medalist Christian Cantwell, and 2012 World Indoor champion Ryan Whiting, did not perform up to expectations.
The U.S. did not win a medal in the men's discus throw, hammer throw and javelin throw. In fact, American men have failed to medal in all three since Lance Deal's hammer throw silver in 1996.
Jenn Suhr: Suhr improved on her silver medal in the pole vault in Beijing four years ago with gold in 2012. She defeated a top-notch field for the Olympic title, including Yarisley Silva of Cuba and Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva, the silver and bronze medalists in that order.
Janay Deloach: Deloach made it two podium finishes for American women in the long jump by winning the bronze with a leap of 6.89 meters.
As with the men, the U.S. did not win a medal in the women's discus throw, hammer throw and javelin throw. Stephanie Brown-Trafton, the Beijing Olympics gold medalist in the discus throw, was not in top form for London and finished in eighth place.
There is plenty of time leading up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for improving the skill and performance of American men and women in field throwing events.
Patrick Hattman covered the London Games for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He is already looking forward to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
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