Olympic athletics: Team USA break world record in women's relay final
- 16 August 2012
- From the section Student reports
Young people. Old people. People from all around the world. It was like seeing the whole planet in one place brought together by something special - the London 2012 Olympics.
It was such a buzz to wait in the queue to hand in our tickets just to walk in to the park.
I can still remember the smiles on people's faces, knowing that they were going to be a great part of history and you could sense the appreciation of just being the lucky few with tickets to one of the greatest shows on earth.
Before walking into the Olympic Stadium we decided to take a look round the Park, full of colourful flags, supporters and international love.
What particularly caught my eye were the artistic buildings where the sports were taking place. We saw the Velodrome which looked like a giant pringle, the basketball arena which appeared like a giant marshmallow and lastly the Olympic Sstadium which was the doughnut.
I guess food is just always on British people's minds!
At the corner of it all there was a funky looking, spiky red building. It was the sponsor which had everyone's thirst washed away - the Coca Cola experience building.
We decided to go inside just to see what the fuss was all about. In spite of a long wait, it was all worth it because there was the opportunity to take a photo with the Olympic torch, entertainment and finally FREE cola!
Once we finished our mini-tour, we decided to make our way into the Stadium where all the athletics action takes place. The crowd was roaring, the commentators were embracing it and the athletes were sweating with all the pressure put on them.
There was the pole vault final, the hammer throw final and relay races so it was difficult trying to choose where to look in the massive stadium. I was stuck for choice.
As soon as the 4x100m relay races started, the silence in the air was captured. The focus was immense and when the trigger went off, the crowd filled the stadium with an electric sound which seemed to make the whole experience much faster.
When the world record was broken by the USA women's relay team, the stadium could have burst apart with the happiness and joy that was rushing though every soul. It may not have been our country but it was an achievement that everyone embraced as we all stood up and cheered.
Lastly, the final race. Was Team GB in with a chance to get a medal at the men's relay?
It was one of the closest races that I have ever seen but unfortunately we had to settle for fourth but what a competition. It all ended with a mixture of emotions, but joy came out on top. I was inspired by the Games, so I guess it really is "inspiring a generation".
What a day!