Photo: OLYMPICS 2012: Dominican Felix Sanchez Wins Gold in 400m Hurdles
Dominican athlete Felix Sanchez won his second gold medal Monday night at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the 400-meter hurdles, while Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson took the bronze.
This was the comeback of “Super Felix” who dominated the race with immense authority, and though injuries had weighed him down for several years, he had now returned in great form to win with a season-best time of 47.63 seconds.
The U.S.-born athlete triumphed with a show of force that hasn’t been seen since his best times when he was crowned world and Olympic champion and won all his races on the international circuit.
Sanchez was in top form, stayed in the lead and in the final stretch pulled away from a tiring Culson, who paid dearly for his early effort and dropped back to take the bronze with a time of 48.10 seconds following the surge of the American Michael Tinsley, who took the silver with a time of 47.91.
Super Felix, world champion at Edmonton ‘01 and Paris ‘03 and gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, never gave up over the years, and even when injuries kept him from doing his best, he healed time after time and confirmed it on this magic evening.
With this victory he mirrored the success of Angelo Taylor of the United States, who also won two Olympic titles eight years apart - Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008 - and finished fifth on Monday.
Culson, the favorite who didn’t make it, left with a bitter taste even though his bronze was the first track-and-field medal Puerto Rico has ever won.