4x100 meter


Nickel Ashmead, Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell & Yohan Blake win Gold in the Mens 4x100m Athletics Relay. It is Jamaica’s 3rd consecutive Olympic Gold in this event.

Usain Bolt did the “triple triple”, winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at 3 Olympics Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012, and now Rio 2016). This gives him a total of 9 Olympic Gold medals, placing him equal-second behind Michael Phelps as the most-awarded Gold medalist ever.

Swimming's governing body wants 10 more Olympic events, including mixed-gender relays

Katie Ledecky could be headed for more medal opportunities by the time the next Olympics rollaround.

On Monday, swimming’s international governing body FINA proposed to add 10 more swimming medal events to the 2020Tokyo Games, including two mixed-gender relays.

The proposed additions, which are awaiting approval from the International Olympic Committee, would bring swimming’s Olympic program to 44 events.

New events would include the women’s 1500-meter freestyle, men’s 800-meter freestyle, two mixed-gender relays (4x100-meter freestyle and4x100-meter medley), men’s and women’s 50-meter backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

Watch: Katie Ledecky ties for NCAA win in 200-yard freestyle

The proposed events are currently swum at FINA’s World Championships every two years, includingmixed-gender relays, which debuted in 2015. Each country uses two men and two womenin any order.

While the 1500-meter freestyle is believed to be Ledecky'sstrongest event, sprinters would actually benefit most from the new proposed changes and makeMichael Phelps‘ record 28 Olympic medals seems a bit morefeasible.


2016: Year in Review ⇾ Michael Phelps last Olympic Games

In 2016, Michale Phelps participated in his fifth Olympic Games. He won individual gold in the 200-meter individual medley and the 200-meter butterfly, while taking silver in the 100-meter butterfly. He also won team gold in the 4x100- and 4x200-meter freestyle relays, along with 4x100-meter medley relay. He finished his historic career with 28 total medals, including 23 gold. Remarkably his first gold medal came in 2000 as a 15-year-old.


Allyson Felix, English GardnerTianna Bartoletta and Tori Bowie of the United States 🇺🇸 celebrate winning gold 🏅 in the Women’s 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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August 3, 1936: American track and field athlete, Jesse Owens, wins the 100 meter dash at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. 

Owens won international fame with four gold medals: 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and 4x100 meter relay. He was the most successful athlete at the games and as such has been credited with “single-handedly crush[ing] Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy." 


Photo: Lothar Ruebelt


Today in Black History: August 9th, 2014

  • On this day in 1995, It was declared as International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection. It was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, marking the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, in 1982.

  • On this day in 1987, Beatrice Foods is acquired by Reginald Lewis. Beatrice Foods is acquired by Reginald Lewis. It is the largest business acquisition ever by an African American. 

  • On this day in 1975, Julian Adderly died. Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley was a jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s. Adderley is remembered for his 1966 single “Mercy Mercy Mercy”, a crossover hit on the pop charts, and for his work with trumpeter Miles Davis, including on the epochal album Kind of Blue (1959). He was the brother of jazz cornetist Nat Adderley, a longtime member of his band.

  • On this day in 1963, Whitney Houston was born. Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide. She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know”, influenced several African American women artists who follow in her footsteps.
    Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. She is the second artist behind Elton John and the only woman to have two number-one Billboard 200 Album awards (formerly “Top Pop Albums”) on the Billboard magazine year-end charts. Houston’s 1985 debut album Whitney Houston became the best-selling debut album by a woman in history.[9] Rolling Stone named it the best album of 1986, and ranked it at number 254 on the magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.Her second studio album Whitney (1987) became the first album by a woman to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
    Houston’s first acting role was as the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The film’s original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single “I Will Always Love You”, became the best-selling single by a woman in music history. With the album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period under Nielsen SoundScan system. The album makes her the top female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four. Houston continued to star in movies and contribute to their soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher’s Wife (1996). The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack became the best-selling gospel album in history.

  • On this day in 1961, James B. Parsons became the first Black person to be appointed to the Federal District Court in the continental United States. On August 9, 1961, Parsons was nominated by President John F. Kennedy to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vacated by Judge Philip L. Sullivan. Parsons was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 30, 1961, and received his commission the same day. He was the first black person given the prestigious appointment to the Federal bench, which under Article III is a life term.In 1974, author Joseph Goulden wrote a book about Federal judges called The Benchwarmers that was very critical of Parsons. Goulden claimed that a poll of Chicago lawyers revealed that only 15% had a favorable opinion of the judge. Goulden also claimed that Parsons had sat on the bench while drunk and that an overwhelming number of lawyers complained that he was unable to understand the issues in complex cases. Nevertheless, Parsons served as chief judge from 1975 to 1981, assuming senior status on August 30, 1981. Parsons served in that capacity until his death, in 1993, in Chicago.

  • On this day in 1960, the Race Riot happened in Jacksonville, Florida. Because of its high visibility and patronage, the Hemming Park and surrounding stores were the site of numerous civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s. Black Sit-ins began on August 13, 1960 when students asked to be served at the segregated lunch counter at Woolworths, Morrison’s Cafeteria and other eateries. They were denied service and kicked, spit at and addressed with racial slurs. This came to a head on “Ax Handle Saturday”, August 27, 1960. A group of 200 middle aged and older white men (allegedly some were also members of the Ku Klux Klan) gathered in Hemming Park armed with baseball bats and ax handles. They attacked the protesters conducting sit-ins. The violence spread, and the white mob started attacking all African-Americans in sight. Rumors were rampant on both sides that the unrest was spreading around the county (in reality, the violence stayed in relatively the same location, and did not spill over into the mostly-white, upper-class Cedar Hills neighborhood, for example). A black street gang called the “Boomerangs” attempted to protect the demonstrators. Police, who had not intervened when the protesters were attacked, now became involved, arresting members of the Boomerangs and other black residents who attempted to stop the beatings.
  • Nat Glover, who worked in Jacksonville law enforcement for 37 years, including eight years as Sheriff of Jacksonville, recalled stumbling into the riot. Glover said he ran to the police, expecting them to arrest the thugs, but was told to leave town or risk being killed.
    Several whites had joined the black protesters on that day. Richard Charles Parker, a 25-year old student attending Florida State University was among them. White protesters were the object of particular dislike by racists, so when the fracas began, Parker was hustled out of the area for his own protection. The police had been watching him and arrested him as an instigator, charging him with vagrancy, disorderly conduct and inciting a riot. After Parker stated that he was proud to be a member of the NAACP, Judge John Santora sentenced him to 90 days in jail. Jacksonville remained as two cities, one white and one black well into the 1970s and beyond. Throughout this time there remained a “Colored Town” section that was almost exclusively Black with its own businesses, professional offices, restaurants, theaters and was a near photo-negative reflection of the nearly all-white downtown area. Ghettos and shacks could be seen below the highways into the 1970s and beyond.
  • On this day in 1948, "I Was a Negro in the South for 30 Days" published .The series, written by Ray Sprigle (who was actually a white reporter), describes his experiences while disguised as a black man within the ‘Jim Crow ruled’ South. The articles formed the basis of Sprigle’s 1949 book In the Land of Jim Crow
  • On this day in 1936, Jesse Owens wins four gold medals in the Berlin Olympics.James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens was an American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist.
    Owens specialized in the sprints and the long jump and was recognized in his lifetime as “perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history”. His achievement of setting three world records and tying another in less than an hour at the 1935 Big Ten track meet has been called “the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport” and has never been equaled. At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, Owens won international fame with four gold medals: 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and 4x100 meter relay. He was the most successful athlete at the games and as such has been credited with “single-handedly crush[ing] Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy.”

  • On this day in 1905, Robert N.C. Nix  was born. Robert Nelson Cornelius Nix, Sr. was the first African American to represent Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives. The Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is named in his honor.In 1958, he defeated two opponents in a special election to fill a congressional vacancy left by Earl Chudoff in the House of Representatives. An elected official who rarely wanted or attracted widespread publicity, he supported mostly liberal legislation. He was reelected 10 times. He worked for the passage of the landmark legislation promoting the American Civil Rights Movement and privately sought to prevent the House from denying Rep. Adam Clayton Powell his seat in 1967. In 1975, he introduced an amendment to the Foreign Military Sales Act requiring the Defense Department to provide the U.S. Congress with information on identities of agents who negotiate arms sales for American firms

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Picture taken after Michael won his 8th gold medal on the 17th of August 2008 (4x100 meter medley relay)

Name: Michael Fred Phelps

Nicknames: MP, The Baltimore Bullet and the Flying Fish

Date of Birth: 30th of June, 1985

Place of birth: Townson, MD - USA

Nationality: American

Height: 6 ft 4 - 193 cm

Strokes: Backstroke, Freestyle, Butterfly and Individual Medley

Club: North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC)

Coach: Bob Bowman

FIrst International Race: 2000 Sydney Olympics

First Olympics: 2000 Sydney Olympics

Number of Olympics competed at: 4 (2000-2012)

First Olympic Medal: Gold - 400-meter individual medley (Athens 2004)

Number of Olympic medals: 22 (18G - 2S - 2B)

Overal total of medals: 71 medals 

Number of world records (up until 2013): 39 world records (29 individual, 10 relay - All but two of the records were set in a long-course (50-meter) pool),

Years active in racing: 12 years

Status: Retired in 2012  Active (2000-2012 and 2014)

Foundation(s): Michael Phelps Foundation (IM), the Michael Phelps Swim School and KidsHealth.org