Felix Sanchez captured the first gold medal of the London Games for the Dominican Republic by winning the 400-meter hurdles in a season’s best 47.63 seconds.
The 34-year-old Sanchez becomes the oldest Olympic winner of the 400 hurdles, eight years after he won the event in the Athens Games in an identical time.
Michael Tinsley of the U.S. ran the fastest race of his career to take silver in 47.91. Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson took silver in 48.10.
Angelo Taylor, the 33-year-old American who was trying for a record third gold, finished fifth, behind Britain’s world champion David Greene.
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