Team USA Wins 4 Track & Field Medals, Including First Men's 1500m Medal In 44 Years

Team USA added four medals at Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, highlighted by Leo Manzano winning the first U.S. medal in the men's 1500m since 1968. Erik Kynard added silver in men's high jump and Americans went 2-3-4 in women's 100m hurdles.

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Leo Manzano Wins First U.S. Medal In Men's 1500m In 44 Years

Leo Manzano of Team USA got a silver medal in the men's 1500 meters at the 2012 Olympics on Tuesday. And, in doing so, he stopped a streak of futility for the U.S. in the event that lasted nearly a half-century.

Manzano, who placed second to Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi (3:34.08 seconds) in the event, ran his fastest time of the year in the event for silver, and became the first American man to win a medal in the 1500m since Jim Ryun, the first American to run the mile in less than four minutes. Ryun's silver medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City was the last silver and last medal for a Team USA member in the event.

And the U.S. missed breaking an even longer streak by the .04 seconds that bronze medalist Abdalaati Iguider of Morocco beat fourth-place finisher American Matt Centrowitz by: the U.S. hasn't won two medals in the 1500 meters in one Olympics since 1912.

Makhloufi's gold was the first for an Algerian in the event since 1996.

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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Sally Pearson Wins Women's 100m Hurdles, Americans Finish 2-3-4

In a photo finish, Australia's Sally Pearson won gold in the women's 100-meter hurdles, setting an Olympic record with a time of 12.35 seconds. Pearson narrowly edged Team USA's Dawn Harper, the defending gold medalist, who was officially just 0.02 slower.

The bronze medal also went to the United States, with Kellie Wells finishing in 12.48. Lolo Jones -- looking to make up for a disappointing performance at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, when she stumbled over the second-to-last hurdle -- finished in fourth place (12.58), missing a medal by just 0.11 seconds. Only three-tenths of a second separated the top six finishers.

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For Pearson, the continues her recent domination of the event -- she adds Olympic gold to her already long list of accomplishments in the 100m hurdles, which includes a silver in Beijing and a world championship in 2011.

Harper, the bronze medalist at last year's IAAF World Championships, led for much of the race, but Pearson drew even with around 30 meters to go, then pulled ahead over so slightly after the final hurdle and managed to out-lunge Harper at the line. Harper's time of 12.37 seconds is not only the fastest losing time at the Olympic Games -- it's the fastest second-place finish ever.

After nearly missing out on qualifying for the finals, Jones turned in her fastest time of the season, 12.58 seconds.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics hub.

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Team USA's Erik Kynard Wins Silver Medal In Men's High Jump

Erik Kynard had his chances to win the men's high jump on Tuesday at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. But Russia's Ivan Ukhov kept raising the bar, literally, and forced the American to settle for silver.

Kynard was first to clear 2.33 meters in the men's high jump, but Ukhov topped that twice, at 2.36 and 2.38 meters, and Kynard could not clear the bar at either of those heights or at 2.40 meters.

Ukhov's medal is the third Russian gold in the event in the last four Olympiads. Kynard's is the first American medal since 2004, when Matt Hemingway took silver.

Three bronze medals were awarded in the event, to Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim, Canada's Derek Drouin and Great Britain's Robert Grabarz. All three cleared 2.29 meters and failed just three times in the competition, all at the 2.33-meter height.

Three other competitors cleared the 2.29-meter height, including the U.S.'s Jamie Nieto, but had more failures.

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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