LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Jennifer Suhr of the United States competes in the Women's Pole Vault final on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Suhr Thing: American Jennifer Suhr Wins Track & Field Gold In Women's Pole Vault

The fourth day of track and field competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics saw five medal competitions, with Team USA winning gold in women's pole vault and silver in men's 400m hurdles.

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Team USA's Jennifer Suhr Wins Gold In Women's Pole Vault

Yelena Isinbayeva entered the 2012 Olympics as the prohibitive favorite to win the women's pole vault. Thanks to American Jennifer Suhr, she's leaving without gold around her neck.

Suhr jumped 4.75 meters, only to have Cuba's Yarisley Silva match her; neither woman would top that mark, nor would Isinbayeva. But Suhr's fewer failures earned her the gold, according to the tiebreak procedure:

At the end of the competition, any ties are broken in favour of the athlete with fewest failures at the final height. If still tied, the athlete with the fewest total failures wins, and if still tied after that the tie stands, other than for first place, which is normally resolved by a jump-off.

The gold for Suhr, who had four failures to Silva's five, is the first for the U.S. since 2000, when women's pole vault debuted and Stacy Dragila won. It is also the second gold for the Team USA women in track and field events at the 2012 Olympics.

Russia's Isinbayeva had won the last two gold medals in the event, but had to settle for bronze after failing to clear 4.75 meters.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub. For more on Olympic athletics, follow the 2012 Olympic athletics section.

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Felix Sanchez Wins Men's 400m Hurdles, American Michael Tinsley Gets Silver

Eight years after first winning the event, Felix Sanchez has once again won gold in the men's 400m hurdles at the Summer Olympics.

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Track & Field Schedule: How To Watch Men's 400m, Women's Pole Vault Online

Some of the world's finest athletes will take to the track on Monday in London at the 2012 Olympics, and you can see all of their medal events for free online via NBC.

None of the finals will be shown on American TV until NBC's primetime coverage, which begins at 7 p.m. ET. But there's a live Olympics track and field stream available via NBC Live Extra that will show you these five medal finals live:

  • 2:00 p.m. - Women's Pole Vault
  • 2:15 p.m. - Women's Shot Put
  • 3:45 p.m. - Men's 400m Hurdles
  • 4:05 p.m. - Women's Steeplechase
  • 4:15 p.m. - Men's 400m

All of those times are Eastern.

The best chance Team USA has to win a gold medal in those five events will likely come in the men's 400m hurdles, where Americans Angelo Taylor, Kerron Clement, and Michael Tinsley make up three-eights of the final field.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub. For more on Olympic athletics, follow the 2012 Olympic athletics section.

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Lolo Jones Leads American Qualifiers For Women's 100m Hurdles Semifinals

Lolo Jones has been one of the 2012 Olympics' most talked-about stories. But she's also a competitor, and kicked off her quest for Olympic redemption on Monday by running the fastest time by an American in qualifying for the women's 100 meters semifinals.

Jones won her first round heat in 12.68 seconds, outpacing Canada's Phylicia George by .15 seconds and easily moving on to Tuesday's semifinal. Americans Kellie Wells (12.68 seconds) and Dawn Harper (12.75) were also among the semifinal qualifiers, but Jones' time was her best in 2012 and second-best among all qualifiers, a good sign for her chances of medaling in an event she led until the last hurdle in Beijing in 2008.

Jones' time was easily bested by Australia's Sally Pearson, however. Pearson blazed a 12.57 in her heat, winning it by almost half a second, and that's not even her finest time of 2012.

She and Jones will meet in the second of three semifinal heats on Tuesday beginning at 2:15 Eastern. The two top finishers in each heat will advance to the 100m hurdles final later on Tuesday automatically, and the two fastest non-automatic qualifiers will join them.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub. For more on Olympic athletics, follow the 2012 Olympic athletics section.

And for more on Lolo, check out the latest episode of Bomani & Jones.

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