Allyson Felix, Aries Merritt Lead Team USA Medal Haul Wednesday At The Track

It was a banner night for Team USA in track and field as Americans won seven medals in four events, including gold in women's 200m, men's 110m hurdles and women's long jump.

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American Allyson Felix Wins Gold, Carmelita Jeter Bronze In Women's 200m

Finally, Allyson Felix has her individual Olympic gold. Felix dusted the field in the women's 200m on Wednesday to earn the first individual gold medal of her celebrated track career.

Felix, the definite favorite entering the women's 200m final, ran the race in 21.88 seconds, and avenged losses to Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown in the finals of the 200m in Athens and Beijing. Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce, two-time gold medalist in the 100m, took silver with a 22.09, and Carmelita Jeter added bronze in the 200m to her silver in the 100m in 22.14.

Campbell-Brown, bidding to become the first woman to ever win the 200m three times, finished fourth in 22.38 seconds. American Sanya Richards-Ross, who won the 400m in London, settled for fifth at 22.39 seconds.

The win gives Felix four medals in her Olympic career, and just her second gold. The U.S. has taken two of three gold medals in the three shortest non-hurdles sprint events (100m, 200m, 400m) in London after going without golds in those three events in Beijing.

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Americans Ashton Eaton, Trey Hardee Early Leaders In Men's Decathlon After 2 Events

American Ashton Eaton is the early leader in men's decathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics following the first two events Wednesday morning. Eaton had the best performance in both the 100 meters and long jump, putting him first place with 2079 points. Another member of Team USA, Trey Hardee, two-time defending World Champion, is second, with 1936 points.

All eyes are on Eaton after he scored 9,039 total points at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June, breaking Roman Serbie's 11-year world record. He was also the runner-up to Hardee at the 2011 World Championships

Eaton got off to the best start possible Wednesday morning, winning the 100m dash in 10.35 seconds, and placing first in long jump with a leap of 8.03 meters. Eaton's time in the 100m beat the 10.41s run by American Bill Toomey 44 years ago. Canada's Damian Warner is in third place after the first two events.

Decathlon is a two-day, 10-event competition. Day 1 consists of 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m, and on Day 2 it's 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m.

American Bryan Clay, 2008 gold medalist, failed to qualify for London.

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