Olympic Games Begin Friday Evening
July 27, 2012
LONDON - The 2012 Olympic Games in London begin Friday with the opening ceremonies kicking off almost three weeks of competition among the world's best athletes. Louisiana Tech has ties with three of those athletes competing in London. All Olympic events will be broadcast online live.
All three athletes are competing in various events in track and field and will have to compete in a qualifying round then advance through the finals round and finish in the top three to earn an Olympic medal.
Recent senior and New Orleans native Chelsea Hayes will represent the United States in the long jump while Jason Morgan will represent his native Jamaica in the discus.
Ayanna Alexander (Trinidad & Tobago, triple jump) is the third athlete with Louisiana Tech ties headed to the Olympics.
Alexander will be the first to compete with the women's triple jump with the qualifying round scheduled for Friday, Aug. 3 at 4:25 a.m. CT. NBCOlympics.com will broadcast the event live on the internet with NBC airing recaps from 9-9:30 a.m. and at 10:30-11 a.m. The finals in the triple jump will take place on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 1:35 p.m. CT with live video coverage online and a full recap broadcast from 11 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. that night on Telemundo (Spanish broadcast).
Morgan will be the next athlete with Tech ties to compete at London's Olympic Stadium with the qualifying round of the men's discus slated for Monday, Aug. 6 at 4 a.m. CT. Live coverage of that qualifying round can be found on NBCOlympics.com. The finals round in the discus will be the following day, Aug. 7, at 1:45 p.m. CT. Live coverage for the discus finals can be found online as well as broadcast live on Telemundo (Spanish broadcast). A tape delay broadcast will air on NBC at 11:35 p.m. CT (English broadcast).
Hayes enters Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, Aug. 7 for the women's long jump qualifying rounds at 1:05 p.m. CT with live coverage online at NBCOlympics.com. The finals are slated for Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 2:05 p.m. CT with live coverage online at NBCOlympics.com and a recap at 11 p.m. CT that evening on Telemundo (Spanish broadcast).
NBC and its affiliates will air programming throughout the entire Olympics and could add or shift coverage based upon events.
The Olympic long jump and triple jump competitions for men and women begin with a qualifying round in which the entire field is divided into two groups. In this round, competitors take turns attempting to jump a pre-set distance that automatically advances them to the final. If fewer than 12 athletes achieve the automatic qualifying distance -- and this is usually the case -- the 12 competitors with the longest jumps, plus any athletes tying for 12th, advance to the final. Competitors achieving the qualifying standard on their first or second attempts need not continue competing in the qualifying round. In the final, each competitor is given three jumps with the top eight (plus any ties) receiving three more jumps. The best leap of the six is counted and the athlete with the longest jump is declared the winner. In the case of a tie, the second best jump is consulted.
In Olympic throwing events -- men's and women's shot put, discus, hammer and javelin -- the competition begins with a qualifying round in which the entire field is divided into two or more groups. In this round, competitors take turns attempting to reach a pre-set distance that automatically advances them to the final. If fewer than 12 athletes meet the distance required from direct qualification, the 12 competitors with the best throws, plus any athletes tying for 12th, advance to the final. In the final round, competitors take turns until each has attempted three throws. At this point, the top eight-ranked competitors (plus ties) receive three more throws. The best throw of the six is counted and the athlete with the longest throw is declared the winner. In case of a tie, the second-best throw is consulted.
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