The Root’s London 2012 Black-Olympian Watch

Usain Bolt to "close the show" with the 4x100. Claressa Shields wins United States' first-ever boxing gold. 

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Friday, Aug. 10, 10:22 a.m. EDT: Usain Bolt to “close the show” with the 4×100: The “World’s Fastest Man” and his team will compete in the 4×100 relay next. If they’re victorious, Bolt will leave these Olympics with three gold medals, the same feat he accomplished in Beijing four years ago.”We’re going to go out, enjoy ourselves, run fast as possible. It would be a good way to close the show again,” he said.

Thursday, Aug. 9, 3:27 p.m. EDT: Claressa Shields wins United States’ first-ever boxing gold: Claressa Shields, a 17-year-old from Flint, Mich., is being called one of the Olympic Games’ “breakout stars” after winning the United States’ first boxing gold in Olympic history. She defeated Nadezda Torlopova of Russia, 19-12, making her the second-youngest fighter to win gold in either men’s or women’s boxing.

Thursday, Aug. 9, 9:02 a.m. EDT: Usain Bolt aims for fifth gold: The Jamaican sprinter will compete for his fifth Olympic gold medal when he races in the 200-meter final today. His biggest competition is reported to be teammate Yohan Blake, who beat Bolt during the trials.

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 4:35 p.m. EDT: Allyson Felix wins gold in the 200-meter: The Team USA sprinter overpowered her competition, winning by 0.21 seconds, Yahoo Sports reports. Her winning time was 21.88. Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price was second with 22.09, and American Carmelita Jeter was third with 22.14. “It was a breakthrough moment for Felix, heralded since 2004 as the next great American sprinter. She has been great for many years, but Olympic gold had eluded her in individual events until Wednesday night. After hitting the finish line first, her celebration was muted, but her joy was obvious,” sportswriter Pat Forde wrote.

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1:58 p.m. EDT: Sprinter to watch is Carmelita Jeter: The 32-year-old already has a silver medal in the 100-meter, and today she’ll compete in the 200-meter final. Bleacher Report argues that she definitely shouldn’t be counted out because “her semifinal time of 22.39 seconds was the second-best in her heat, behind only that of Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, the reigning gold medalist in the event.” Her other competition will come from fellow Americans Sanya Richards-Ross and Allyson Felix, who registered the first and second-best times in the semifinals, respectively.

Wednesday,Aug. 8, 8:00 a.m. EDT: Dawn Harper wins silver in 100-meter hurdles: The Team USA runner, who won the gold in 2008, will bring home a silver this time. In a piece for ESPN magazine, one writer wonders why, while Harper got a medal, Lolo Jones — who came in fourth — got all the attention: “I asked Harper whether she has received the proper attention she deserves for her medals. After prefacing her response by saying her public relations agent told her not to answer that question, Harper emphatically answered, ‘No!’ “

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 9:58 a.m. EDT: Lolo Jones to look for redemption in 100-meter hurdles today: Four years ago, Team USA’s Lolo Jones was on the verge of winning gold when she clipped a hurdle and fell. “You hit a hurdle about twice a year where it affects your race,” Jones said at the time. “It’s just a shame that it happened on the biggest race of my life.” She’ll compete in the same race again today, and the Bleacher Report‘s prediction is, “While nothing is set in stone, Jones’ focus, determination and talent seems enough to push her into the field.”

Sunday, Aug. 5, 10 p.m. EDT: Usain Bolt still the fastest man in the world: In the men’s 100-meters, the Jamaican sprinter won the gold, set an Olympic record with a 9.63-second finish and maintained his title: “World’s fastest man.” “There was a lot of people saying that I wasn’t going to win. There was a lot of talk,” Bolt said. “For me, it was an even greater feeling to come out and show the world I’m still the No. 1. I’m still the best.” He’ll go on to defend his Beijing gold medals in the 200-meters and 4×100 relay. If he’s successful, he’ll be the first runner in Olympic history ever to defend all three, Yahoo Sports reports. 

Sunday, Aug. 5, 9:30 p.m. EDT: Kirani James exchanges bibs with the South African double-amputee runner: South African double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius achieved his Olympic goal. He competed against able-bodied athletes to make it to the semifinal heat of the 400-meter race. Afterward, in a gesture of respect and friendship, he and Kirani James of Grenada, the current world champion, exchanged race bibs. “As soon as we crossed the finish line, we’re friends,” Pistorius said of James. “It was very kind of him. We share a similar life. It’s what the Olympics is all about.”