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Olympic Daily News - Saturday, August 11th

The United States won three more medals on the final night of the track and field competition at Olympic Stadium, but once again the story was Usain Bolt.

The Jamaican sprinting star claimed his sixth Olympic medal -- all gold -- by anchoring his country's 400-meter relay team to a world-record time. It was his third gold of the London Games.

For a second straight Olympics, Bolt has claimed three gold medals, repeating the formula from four years ago in Beijing that saw him win the individual 100 and 200m races and 400m relay.

As is often the case with Bolt, he managed to overshadow everything else that happened on the final night of events at London's Olympic Stadium. That included the American women's dominating performance in the 1,600-meter relay and another spectacular distance run by Great Britain's Mo Farah, who won the men's 5,000 after already taking gold in the 10,000 earlier at these games.

The Jamaicans were heavily favored in the 400m relay and not only because Bolt was in their anchor position. Yohan Blake, silver medalist to Bolt in both the 100 and 200 here in London, handed the baton to his compatriot with a lead and Jamaica's national hero finished off the record run by crossing the line at 36.84 seconds.

Bolt also ran the last leg in Beijing to help Jamaica win its first gold in the 400m relay.

The time broke the Jamaicans' own mark of 37.04 seconds, which was set last year and matched Saturday night by the second-place American team.

After the race, Bolt was asked whether he plans on competing four years from now at the Rio de Janeiro Games and he was non-committal.

"I've though about it, I think it's going to be very hard," he mused. "Yohan (Blake) is coming through and I'm sure a lot of other young guys are coming up, so I will see what happens in four years."

Ryan Bailey was in the anchor position for the Americans, but he didn't have much of a chance to run down arguably the greatest sprinter in Olympic history.

The silver-winning American team also included Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay, who was part of the baton drop that cost the U.S. a medal in this relay four years ago in Beijing.

Trinidad and Tobago posted a time of 38.12 seconds for the bronze. Although Canada actually crossed the line before Trinidad, it was ruled that the Canadians made an illegal handoff on the last exchange and their team was disqualified.

Meanwhile, the U.S. women's 1,600m relay team won the lone gold of the Americans' three medals on Saturday by coasting to its fifth straight win in the event.

The American team, anchored by individual 400 champion Sanya Richards-Ross, completed the race in 3 minutes, 16.87 seconds to set a season-best mark. That easily beat Russia's time of 3:20.23, while Jamaica finished .72 seconds later for bronze.

The U.S. team also featured Allyson Felix, DeeDee Trotter and Francena McCorory. Felix was the 200-meter champion here, while Trotter claimed bronze in the 400.

Trotter led off and gave the U.S. a lead it never relinquished.

"We thought it was going to be really tight, but I'm so proud of these girls," said Trotter. "We're a great team."

While the Americans continued a winning streak that began at the 1996 Atlanta Games, the Russians earned their third consecutive silver and Jamaica won its third straight bronze.

Farah joined an exclusive club by winning his second long distance race of the London Games, taking the men's 5,000 meters with another electrifying run in front of the home crowd at Olympic Stadium.

Farah is the only British runner to win an Olympic title in either the 5,000 or 10,000m, and by taking gold in both races this month, he is just the sixth man to pull off the distance double at the same games. Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele was the last to do it four years ago in Beijing, but he finished fourth in the 10,000 earlier in the track and field competition and did not compete in Saturday's distance event.

The reigning world champion in the 5,000, Farah finished with a time of 13:41.66 and fended off a late challenge from Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel, who crossed the line .32 seconds later for silver.

The British runner then fell to the track and did a few sit-ups in front of the elated home crowd. Farah dedicated his two golds to the unborn twin daughters that his wife is due to deliver any day now.

"These two medals are for my two girls who aren't born yet," an elated Farah said. "It could be any day. The doctors said we have 12 days."

Kenya's Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa placed third with a time of 13:42.36, while Bernard Lagat of the United States was .63 seconds behind. American Galen Rupp, silver medalist in the 10,000 at the London Games, was trying to become the first U.S. runner to medal in both 5,000 and 10,000 at same Olympics, but he finished seventh on Saturday.

The other medal for the U.S. came in the women's high jump, as Brigetta Barrett claimed silver behind defending world champion Anna Chicherova of Russia.

Chicherova, who added to the bronze she won four years ago in Beijing, cleared a height of 2.05 meters, while Barrett jumped over 2.03m to grab the United States' first medal in this event since Louise Ritter won gold at the 1988 Seoul Games.

Russia also grabbed bronze thanks to Svetlana Shkolina, who cleared the same height as Barrett but was relegated to bronze for having missed two times before successfully jumping 2.03m.

Also on Saturday evening, Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago won his country's second gold medal at the Olympics, taking the men's javelin event with a national record.

Walcott's throw of 84.58 meters beat Oleksandr Pyatnytsya of the Ukraine by .07m. The only other gold for Trinidad came 36 years ago when Hasely Crawford won the 100 meters at the 1976 Montreal Games.

Finland's Antti Ruuskanen claimed bronze with a throw of 84.12m, while Vitezslav Vesely of the Czech Republic finished in fourth.

Although the track and field competition at the London Games officially ends with the traditional running of Sunday's men's marathon, that event will take place at the Mall and not Olympic Stadium. Marathon runners will pass by famous landmarks like the Tower of London as they fight for the final gold in athletics.

The U.S. does not expect to place a runner on the podium in the marathon, but the Americans are assured of finishing with the most medals in track and field at the London Games.

The Americans have won 29 total medals, including nine gold, to easily take first in that regard over Russia, which has claimed 18. The Russians are only one behind the U.S. for most track and field gold medals, meaning they would need a runner to win the marathon to match the Americans.

AMERICAN WOMEN CRUISE TO GOLD IN BASKETBALL

London, England (Sports Network) - For the fifth consecutive Olympics and seventh time in eight tries, the American women are gold medalists.

Candace Parker led the charge with 21 points, and Team USA used a stifling defensive strategy to run France off the court with a dominant 86-50 performance.

With male stars like Kobe Bryant looking on, the women put on a performance the men will hope to duplicate on Sunday against Spain. They held France to 30 percent shooting, only 2-of-11 from three-point range and no more than 15 points in any quarter.

Conversely, the United States' worst quarter was 17 points in the second, two more than France's most productive period of play.

All 12 players on Team USA had at least three points, though only Parker and Sue Bird were in double figures. Bird ended with 11 for the Americans, who won every game of this tournament by double digits.

Sandrine Gruda and Edwige Lawson-Wade led France with 12 points apiece, and the French captured the silver medal in their best women's basketball performance to date.

France kept up for a few minutes in the first quarter, holding a 13-11 lead on a Lawson-Wade three-pointer, but the Americans quickly went in front and never looked back.

Team USA scored the next five points, capped by a Lindsay Whalen fast-break basket for a three-point lead. The margin stood at five after 10 minutes of play, but it only grew from there.

Unlike the Americans' semifinal matchup against Australia, which won the bronze medal earlier Saturday with a victory over Russia, Team USA made sure it didn't trail at halftime.

France again stayed close early on, but the Americans went on a 9-0 run, capped by a Parker free throw, to open a 37-23 lead with 52 seconds left in the half. A couple Lawson-Wade free throws cut France's deficit to 12 at the break.

Like they did against Australia, the Americans turned it on in the second half, holding France scoreless for a nearly six-minute portion of the third while opening a 62-32 lead.

France managed only 25 points in each half, and the Americans managed to win the fourth quarter by 10 although the outcome was never in doubt.

AUSTRALIA WINS BRONZE IN WOMEN'S HOOPS

London, England (Sports Network) - Lauren Jackson posted a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead Australia to an 83-74 win over Russia in the bronze medal game of the women's Olympic basketball tournament.

Kristi Harrower scored 21 points and Suzy Batkovic added 17 with eight boards for the Australians, who claimed their fifth straight medal and first bronze since 1996. Australia lost to the United States in each of the previous three gold medal games.

Becky Hammon paced Russia with 19 points, while Evgeniya Belyakova and Anna Petrakova supplied 10 points apiece in defeat for the Russians, who won bronze at Beijing and Athens.

Australia beat Russia by four in the preliminary round and it appeared the teams were in for another tight battle. The Australians were up 17-16 after the game's opening 10 minutes, but began to pull away, leading by 10 late in the first half.

A Harrower bucket in the lane made it 56-39 with just under two minutes to play in the third quarter. Russia, though, put together a late run, closing the gap to five at 76-71 on two Petrakova free throws with 1:20 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Jackson countered at the end of the floor on a drive to the basket and the 37- year-old Harrower made five free throws down the stretch to secure the medal for Australia.

CZECH SVOBODA WINS MEN'S MODERN PENTATHLON

London, England (Sports Network) - Blue Bandana Boy bagged a bloody big win.

David Svoboda of the Czech Republic won the men's modern pentathlon Saturday after a daylong competition pitting athletes against each other in fencing, swimming, show jumping, running and shooting.

Nicknamed for the bandana he wears during the fencing competition, Svoboda beat China's Cao Zhongrong and Hungary's Adam Marosi for his country's first gold medal in the sport, calling it a dream come true.

"It sounds like a cliche," Svoboda said, "but that is what it was."

Svoboda won 26 of his 35 fencing bouts in the morning to tie the Olympic mark of 1,024 points set by Russia's Andrei Moiseev in 2008 when he won his second straight gold medal.

That put Svoboda in first place going into the 200-meter swim, held nearby at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park. He never finished better than sixth in any of the other four categories but his 5,928 points held up as the most.

Cao scored 5,904 points for the silver, China's first modern pentathlon medal, and Marosi earned bronze. It was Hungary's 22nd Olympic medal in the sport, moving the country ahead of Sweden for the all-time lead.

Russia's Aleksander Lesun fell out of medal contention following the final competition, which combined running and shooting. He finished fourth while Moiseev came in seventh.

After Svoboda, 27, tied the fencing record, Egypt's Amro El Geziry broke his own modern pentathlon mark in the 200 free with a swim of 1 minute, 55.70 seconds to shave .16 seconds off his time from Beijing.

El Geziry was more than 12 seconds off Frenchman Yannick Agnel's gold medal time in the 200 meters here -- but also faster than the two slowest swimmers in heats last week.

Cao led the standings after fencing and swimming while Svoboda fell to second after finishing 17th in the swim.

The rest of the competition was held at Greenwich Park, about 25 minutes away.

Svoboda was 16th in the show jumping, where the athletes must ride horses they have only just met. Hungary's Robert Kasza placed first. Svoboda still held a four-point lead over Cao going into the combined shooting and running events, where the athletes alternate running and firing at electronic targets with laser pistols.

The lead gave him a one-second head start over Cao -- every four points is worth a second -- and he crossed the finish line five seconds faster than the silver medalist to seal the win.

Modern pentathlon world record holder Nicola Benedetti of Italy set a new Olympic mark in the combined event but finished 20th overall. American Dennis Bowsher placed 32nd out of 36.

BOUDIA WINS 1ST U.S. DIVING GOLD SINCE 2000

London, England (Sports Network) - David Boudia threw himself off the platform and into Olympic history.

Thomas Daley had a celebratory jump, too, but it came after the real thing.

Boudia won the men's 10-meter platform on Saturday night for the first United States diving gold medal at the Olympics in 12 years.

Boudia overtook Daley on a spectacular sixth dive, then waited to see if world champion Qui Bo of China could pass him on the final jump of the night.

When Qui didn't, Boudia capped a surprising last day of diving at the Aquatics Centre after nabbing the 18th and final spot in the semifinals Friday night.

"I'm in disbelief. This is so surreal right now," said Boudia. "I took it one dive, one step at a time."

It was the first U.S. Olympic diving gold medal since Laura Wilkinson won the women's platform event at the 2000 Sydney Games. It was the first diving gold from an American male since Mark Lenzi, who died in April, won the springboard at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Qui settled for silver, only the second time in eight diving events here that China didn't come out on top. It won six gold medals after going 7-for-8 in Beijing four years ago.

Daley earned bronze over a year after his father died of cancer and celebrated by jumping into the diving pool with the British team. The 18-year-old won his first medal in his second Olympics.

It came on the heels of his fourth-place finish with Peter Waterfield in the synchronized platform event, after which British police arrested a 17-year-old for tweeting at Daley that he let his father down, a story that received much front page headlines in the papers here.

"I really wish my dad was here to see me do that performance because we had such a long, tough journey together," said Daley.

His fifth dive, a back 3 1/2 somersault in the pike position with a 3.6 degree of difficulty, netted him 97.20 points for the lead going into the final round. But his last dive, a reverse 3 1/2 somersault tuck, had a lower degree of difficulty than the three divers who followed him -- Boudia, Lin Yue of China and Qiu.

It netted Daley 90.75 points.

Boudia's last dive, a back 2 1/2 somersault with 2 1/2 twists in the pike position for a 3.6 degree of difficulty, landed him the highest score of the night: 102.60 points for a total of 568.65.

Qiu was last and ended 1.80 points back, touching off very different reactions around the pool. Boudia celebrated with hugs, Daley leapt into the pool and Qui buried his head in his arms against the wall.

"Tom Daley dove the lights out, Qiu Bo dove the lights out," said Boudia. "I only did what I do in practice."

It was the second Olympics in a row the Chinese failed to win the platform event. The diver who prevented a Chinese sweep in 2008, Australian Matthew Mitcham, was eliminated in the semifinals.

"Pressure is a strange thing -- you can't really see it, but sometimes you do feel it," said Qui.

Boudia became the first American to win an Olympic medal in the men's platform since Scott Donie's silver in 1992. Greg Louganis won the last U.S. gold in the event in 1988.

American Nicholas McCrory finished ninth and Canadian Riley McCormick came in 11th.

AMERICAN DIVER BOUDIA QUALIFIES 3RD BEHIND CHINESE

London, England (Sports Network) - David Boudia of the United States, after landing the final spot in the semifinal, qualified third behind the two Chinese favorites Saturday morning in the men's 10-meter platform.

Boudia scored 531.15 points on his six dives to finish 32.40 behind reigning world champion and favorite Qiu Bo, who also had the highest qualifying score in Friday's preliminary. Lin Yue was second again behind his Chinese teammate.

Boudia greatly improved upon his finish from Friday, when he took the 18th and final spot in the semis.

The final is Saturday night, when Boudia will try to become the first American to win an Olympic medal in the event since Scott Donie's silver in 1992. Greg Louganis won the last U.S. men's platform gold in 1988. Laura Wilkinson earned the last American diving gold in any event in the women's platform in 2000.

Great Britain's Thomas Daley qualified fourth, the same position he and his partner Peter Waterfield finished in for the men's synchronized platform event earlier in these games.

That outcome was overshadowed by what happened afterward when police arrested a 17-year-old for tweeting Daley that he let his deceased father down. Daley's father died of brain cancer last year.

American Nicholas McCrory qualified seventh and Canadian Riley McCormick got the 12th and final spot.

Qiu and Lin will try to extend China's dominance over diving at the London Olympics. The country has won six of the seven diving events here after going 7-for-8 in Beijing four years ago.

The diver who prevented a Chinese sweep in 2008, Australian Matthew Mitcham, was the defending Olympic champion until he finished 13th Saturday morning to be eliminated.

SEE YOU IN RIO: BRAZIL DEFENDS GOLD OVER U.S.

London, England (Sports Network) - The United States landed a mighty haymaker early to let Brazil know a successful defense of its Olympic gold medal wouldn't come easy.

Then the Brazilians fought back.

After getting routed in the first set, Brazil began to establish its dominance at the net and rolled to a 3-1 (11-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17) victory over the world No. 1 U.S. in the women's volleyball final Saturday.

Jaqueline Carvalho led Brazil with 18 points and served the goal-medal winning point, which came when Fernanda Rodrigues' spike attempt was blocked out of bounds by the U.S.

Sheilla Castro notched 15 points and Fabiana Claudino another 14 as Brazil joined the former Soviet Union and Cuba as the only other countries to repeat as Olympic champs.

Destinee Hooker and Logan Tom had 14 points each for the United States. But Hooker, who came into the match as the tournament's second-highest point scorer, only converted 13 of her 33 spike chances.

By comparison, Carvalho notched all 18 of her points on 27 spike attempts.

"It means a lot to beat USA. We shut loads of mouths," stated Carvalho.

The United States entered the tournament as the world's top-ranked team and got the best of Brazil 3-1 in pool play while not losing a match prior to the final.

However, Brazil duplicated its 3-1 win over the U.S. in the 2008 Beijing Games final despite looking outmatched early.

The United States controlled play at the net in the first set, notching three points on blocks and holding the Brazilians to five points on 34 spike tries.

In fact, Brazil posted consecutive points just once in the set while sending a majority of its shot either long or wide for nine errors.

"We did start well, but then we saw Brazil growing and growing in confidence. They established a good foothold. Once you start playing catch-up and reacting you are in difficulties," said U.S. head coach Hugh McCutcheon, who also said that "this is the end of the road" for him in the international arena.

Then Brazil got going, notching seven of the first 10 points in the second set before the Americans got their feet back under them to even the affair at 12-12.

Brazil didn't let up, taking a 23-15 lead before winning the set, hitting on 20-of-38 spikes.

"They are very big players. We broke their passes. When the second set started, we saw in their eyes that they were worried and we said to each other, let's take advantage of this moment. Let's get on top," said Claudino.

Now with the momentum, Brazil continued to keep the U.S. at bay and prevented the silver medalists from ever getting within a point for the majority of the final two sets.

The Americans made one last desperate attempt in the fourth set, getting to within 23-17 thanks to pair of spikes from Tom and a fault on Castro. However, back-to-back spikes by Carvalho and Rodrigues sealed the match for Brazil and prevented the U.S. from claiming its first Olympic gold medal.

"It took us out of our rhythm," USA's Lindsey Berg said of Brazil's performance. "They played well and they were out to get us. We've beaten them the last six times. After the first set they were angry and they didn't want to go out like that, but we've got a silver medal and we need to keep our heads high."

Japan nabbed its first medal in women's volleyball in almost 30 years earlier in the day, downing South Korea in straight sets 25-22, 26-24, 25-21 in the bronze medal match.

It was Japan's first medal since a bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

JAPAN TOPS SOUTH KOREA FOR VOLLEYBALL BRONZE

London, England (Sports Network) - Japan grabbed its first medal in women's volleyball in almost 30 years, downing South Korea in straight sets to win bronze.

Saori Sakoda had a game-high 23 points for Japan, which notched a 25-22, 26-24, 25-21 victory and picked up its first Olympic medal since a bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. The Japanese finished fifth in Beijing four years ago.

Risa Shinnabe and Saori Kimura had 11 points each in the win.

"We had fear and nerves previous to the game. However we wanted to turn it into concentration and it worked. We worked very well together," said Sakoda.

South Korea capped its first Olympic appearance since 2000 with a fourth-place finish. Kim Yeon-Koung came into the game as the tournament's leading scorer and paced the Koreans with 22 points, while Han Song-Yi added 10.

Japan opened the match by scoring six of the first seven points, but Korea rallied to go up two at 12-10 on a Kim spike. The two teams were then deadlocked at 21-21, but the next four points went to Japan to close out the set.

Korea missed an opportunity to swing momentum in the second set as it fell behind 8-1 before clawing back to get within one at 16-15. A Kim spike evened the set at 24-24, but a Sakoda spike and a fault by the Koreans gave Japan the set.

"I believe that throughout the match Korea played at a high level," said Kim. "There were some areas that we didn't do well and some areas that we did. For those areas that we didn't do well, we will try to improve on them to do better next time, and for the areas that we did well, we will continue to build on our strengths."

Japan didn't get off to a quick start in the final set, but logged six of the final eight points to win the match, claiming bronze on a Sakoda spike.

BRITAIN'S CAMPBELL BEATS IRELAND'S NEVIN IN BOXING

London, England (Sports Network) - Great Britain's Luke Campbell beat Ireland's John Joe Nevin to win the men's bantamweight final in front of a home crowd.

Campbell beat Nevin 14-11 to highlight five title fights Saturday night at the London Olympics, saying afterward the crowd of 10,000 people inspired him to the victory.

"You can't describe the feeling. It's once-in-a-lifetime to be part of the Olympics and represent Great Britain," said Campbell.

World champion Oleksandr Usyk of the Ukraine beat Italian Clemente Russo 14-11 for the heavyweight gold medal, while No. 1 seed Zou Shiming of China defended his Olympic gold in the light flyweight with a 13-10 victory over Thailand's Kaeo Pongprayoon.

Cuba's Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo routed Ukrainian Denys Berinchyk 22-15 for the light welterweight title and Japan's Ryota Murata edged Brazil's Esquiva Falcao Florentino 14-13 for the middleweight gold.

Boxers who lost semifinal bouts in the weight classes both earned bronze medals.

Gold medals will be decided Sunday in five more weight classes, including the super heavyweight category.

MEXICO TOPS BRAZIL TO WIN GOLD IN MEN'S SOCCER

London, England (Sports Network) - Mexico huddled after the final whistle and jumped up and down to celebrate its first Olympic gold medal in men's soccer.

It was a moment Brazil has lived five times in the World Cup, but never in the Olympic Games. For the third time in its history, Brazil settled for silver.

Oribe Peralta scored twice as Mexico edged Brazil, 2-1, on Saturday at Wembley Stadium. Peralta scored just 29 seconds into the match and added his second in the 75th minute.

"This is an unbelievable feeling," said Mexico midfielder Giovani dos Santos, who missed the match due to injury. "We are very happy because we worked very hard to be here."

Hulk scored in stoppage time for Brazil, which also lost the gold medal match in 1984 and 1988. Brazil claimed bronze in 1996 and 2008.

Brazil will try to end its drought in four years, when it hosts the Olympics.

"Brazil always have a big chance, but it is hard for us because we have never won (an Olympic gold)," Brazil defender Thiago Silva said.

For now, Mexico - which had never won a medal before - is the gold standard at the Olympics.

Peralta stunned Brazil less than 30 seconds into the game when he converted to the bottom-left corner. Teammate Javier Aquino forced a turnover and poked the ball to Peralta, who turned and made no mistake against goalkeeper Gabriel.

"They scored a goal at the beginning. When that happens you change everything you planned during the week. So in the end, it didn't happen as we expected," Thiago Silva said.

It was just the second goal in the first minute of a men's gold medal game and it was the difference for 75 minutes.

Although Brazil played well after the introduction of Hulk off the bench early in the game, it failed to test Mexico goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona.

Mexico nearly added to its lead early in the second half when Marco Fabian hit the crossbar, Peralta had a goal called back for offsides and Fabian lifted an open header over the bar.

Peralta made no mistake in the 75th as he easily circled away from Hulk in the area to reach a free kick from Fabian and, with no defender in sight, headed a perfect shot from 10 yards to the bottom-right corner.

In desperation mode, Brazil played its best and Hulk provided some hope with a goal one minute into stoppage time. He scored through the legs of Corona, and the Brazilians were not done.

Oscar, a recent signing for European champion Chelsea, had an open header from the corner of the 6-yard box, but fired just high in the third minute of added time on the last chance for Brazil.

With just seconds remaining, Mexico held on to set off a wild celebration. The Brazilians, meanwhile, were dejected as the gold slipped away once again.

"I feel sadness," Thiago Silva said. "But when you lose something, some good will come."

BRITAIN'S MCKEEVER WINS INAUGURAL KAYAK EVENT

London, England (Sports Network) - Great Britain's Ed McKeever won the first ever Olympic gold medal awarded in the men's single kayak 200 meters.

Gold medals also came Saturday for the Ukraine's Yuri Cheban, New Zealand's Lisa Carrington and Russians Yury Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko.

McKeever, the former world champion, darted to his victory at Eton Dorney with a time of 36.246 seconds in his first Olympic final, then said winning was "kind of a relief."

"It sounds kind of stupid, but not elation or all those other things -- more relief. And I'm just so happy I could do it in front of the home crowd," he said.

"This morning I woke up at 5:00 and I was like a kid at Christmas, just waiting to open his presents -- and I'm going to go and get my present in a minute."

Spain's Saul Craviotto Rivero, a gold medalist in the double kayak 500 meters at the Beijing Olympics, finished .294 seconds behind for the silver and Canada's Mark de Jonge earned the bronze.

The 200-meter men's races replaced 500-meter events from previous games, while women's 200m kayak is making its Olympic debut.

Cheban raced out to a lead and won the inaugural men's single canoe 200 meters in 42.291 seconds -- a half-second faster than Lithuania's Jevgenij Shuklin. Russia's Ivan Shtyl took the bronze.

Carrington won the women's single kayak 200 meters in 44.638 seconds, beating multiple medalist Inna Osypenko-Radomska of the Ukraine by .415 seconds. Hungary's Natasa Douchev-Janics was third for the bronze.

Postrigay and Dyachenko won the last sprint event of the London Olympics, the men's double kayak 200 meters, in 33.507 seconds. Belarus' Raman Piatrushenka and Vadzim Makhneu were .759 seconds back for the silver and Britain's Liam Heath and Jon Schofield won bronze.

BRESSET WINS WOMEN'S MTB RACE; USA'S GOULD TAKES BRONZE

London, England (Sports Network) - France's Julie Bresset earned a dominating victory Saturday in the women's mountain bike race at the London Olympics, while Georgia Gould of the United States took bronze.

In her first Olympics, Bresset rode away from the field by herself, gradually building up an insurmountable lead. She handled the technical sections smoothly and kept a steady, fast pace to finish in 1 hour, 30 minutes and 52 seconds.

The cross-country race consisted of six laps of the 4.8-kilometer course at Hadleigh Farm. Bresset, the under-23 world champion, was in the lead by the middle of the first loop.

She was able to celebrate as she approached the finish, and grabbed a French flag from the crowd before crossing the line. Afterward, she stopped and raised her bike in the air.

Germany's Sabine Spitz did almost the same thing when she won the event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, only stopping to lift her bike in the air before walking across the line.

Spitz and Gould dueled behind Bresset, unable to catch the leader and effectively racing for silver.

Spitz finished 62 seconds behind Bresset on Saturday to claim silver, her third Olympic medal. She won bronze at the 2004 Athens Games.

Gould was six seconds behind Spitz for bronze.

GERMANY PICKS UP SECOND STRAIGHT GOLD IN MEN'S FIELD HOCKEY

London, England (Sports Network) - The German men's field hockey team earned its second straight Olympic gold medal on Saturday, besting the Netherlands by a 2-1 margin on a late goal by Jan Philipp Rabente.

Just nine seconds after having a shot saved by Netherlands goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann, Rabente scored his second goal of the match with just under five minutes to play.

The Netherlands was unable to muster another shot down the stretch as the Germans avenged an earlier 3-1 loss in pool play to win their third Olympic gold medal. Germany also claimed the championship at the 1992 Games before besting Spain in the final four years ago in Beijing.

"The first one was phenomenal, unbelievable. A solo run from Rabi," Christopher Zeller said of his teammate's first goal. "The second one came just at the right time so we just had to defend for five more minutes. It was good because pressure from the Dutch was immense. We did it and it feels unbelievable."

Germany qualified for the Olympic tournament with a win over the Netherlands in the 2011 EuroHockey Nations Championships last August.

Mink van der Weerden scored a tying marker at the 54-minute mark for the Netherlands, which couldn't make it an Olympic sweep after the women's team took gold in Friday's final.

The Netherlands did grab its fourth medal in the past five Olympics, including gold in 1996 and 2000 before a fourth-place finish in 2008. It also won silver at the 2004 Athens Games.

Australia picked up its sixth straight Olympic medal in men's field hockey after defeating Great Britain 3-1 in the bronze medal match on Saturday.

AUSTRALIA BEATS BRITAIN FOR FIELD HOCKEY BRONZE

London, England (Sports Network) - Australia picked up its sixth straight Olympic medal in men's field hockey after defeating Great Britain in the bronze medal match on Saturday.

The 3-1 victory gave the Aussies their second straight Olympic bronze and extended a medal streak that began following a fourth-place finish at the 1988 Seoul Games with a silver four years later. Australia has won one gold in that span, at the 2004 Athens Games.

Jamie Dwyer snapped a tie game with a goal at the 48-minute mark, while Simon Orchard and Kieran Govers also had goals.

"We put the goalkeeper under a lot of pressure and got a lot of people in the right positions inside the circle," said Dwyer. "It is something we've been concentrating on for a long time now and we got a few goals."

Australia managed as many goals as Great Britain did shots. Brit Ian Lewers scored on his only shot attempt as the hosts failed to secure their first field hockey medal in men's play since a gold at the 1988 Summer Games.

The Brits finished fifth four years ago in Beijing.

RUSSIAN KIRDYAPKIN WINS 50KM RACE WALK

London, England (Sports Network) - Russia's Sergey Kirdyapkin broke the Olympic record in the 50-kilometer race walking event while winning the gold Saturday.

Kirdyapkin finished in 3 hours, 35 minutes and 59 seconds to earn his first Olympic medal. He is a two-time world champion, but failed to finish the event four years ago in Beijing.

The Russian topped the previous Olympic record of 3:37:09, set by Italy's Alex Schwazer in 2008. Schwazer, however, was prevented from taking part in Saturday's race after failing a drug test.

Australia's Jared Tallent repeated as silver medalist, finishing 54 seconds behind Kirdyapkin. At the 2008 games, Tallent also took a bronze in the 20km race walk, but was seventh in that event in London.

The bronze went to China's Si Tianfeng, who completed the 50 kilometers in 3:37:16.

LASHMANOVA WINS RACE WALK IN WORLD RECORD TIME

London, England (Sports Network) - Elena Lashmanova set a new world record in the women's 20-kilomter race walk Saturday at the London Games, as Russia claimed gold and silver.

Lashmanova, the 2010 world junior champion, crossed the finish line 1 hour, 25 minutes and 2 seconds, breaking the world mark of 1:25:08 set by compatriot Vera Sokolova in 2011. Lashmanova was the second Russian to break a race walking record on Saturday after Sergey Kirdyapkin set a new Olympic mark in winning the men's 50km.

At 20 years and 124 days old, Lashmanova is the youngest winner in this event. She completed the race seven seconds before countrywoman Olga Kiniskina, the defending Olympic champion and winner of the last three world championships.

Kiniskina joins Norway's Kjersti Platzer as the only women to win two medals in this discipline.

Taking the bronze medal was China's Qieyang Shenjie, who placed fifth last year at the world championships. Qieyang finished in 1:25:16, 44 seconds before China's Liu Hong came across the line for her second straight fourth- place finish at the Summer Games.

Including the two men's races, Russia won two golds and a silver in race walking at the London Games. China had four total medals with one gold and three bronze.

Maria Michta of the United States finished in 29th place after achieving a personal best with a time of 1:32:27.

KANAEVA BECOMES 1ST TO WIN TWO RHYTHMIC ALL-AROUND GOLDS

London, England (Sports Network) - Russian Evgeniya Kanaeva became the first rhythmic gymnast to win two individual all-around gold medals after successfully defending her title Saturday at the London Games.

A three-time world champion, Kanaeva posted a winning score of 116.900 after recording the highest mark after two days of qualifying. The 2008 Beijing Games champion had the highest score in three of the four events -- hoop, ball and clubs -- while notching the second-highest score in the ribbon.

Kanaeva's success, which also includes three world individual all-around gold medals, already has her considered as one of the best rhythmic gymnasts of all-time.

"I am not necessarily so far above everybody. It's hard to be a leader. I do it because I like it," said the history-making 22-year-old. "It was not my target to be a legend, but I do like the sound of it. I love gymnastics and I want the audience to remember me."

Fellow Russian Daria Dmitrieva was the only one to better Kanaeva in the ribbon and was also second in the other three routines. She earned a silver medal with a score of 114.500.

Belarus' Liubou Charkashyna earned a bronze with a score of 111.700, just 0.125 points ahead of Aliya Garayeva of Azerbaijan. South Korea's Son Yeon Jae was also part of a tight battle for bronze, and finished only 0.100 points back of Garayeva.

The all-around team competition will be held Sunday and Russia was the top qualifier for that event.

MANDIC WINS TAEKWONDO TOURNAMENT FOR SERBIA'S FIRST GOLD

London, England (Sports Network) - Serbia's Milica Mandic upset the reigning world champion to claim taekwondo gold in the women's heavyweight division Saturday at the London Games.

Mandic beat top-seeded Anne-Caroline Graffe of France by a 9-7 score to win the over-67-kilogram class and earn the first gold for Serbia since it split with Montenegro after the 2006 Winter Games. Montenegro claimed its first medal since the division on Saturday, grabbing a silver in women's handball.

The Serbian fighter also defeated defending gold medalist Maria del Rosario Espinoza of Mexico in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

"I just can't believe it," said Mandic. "I'm so proud I did it for my country."

While Graffe won a silver, del Rosario Espinoza and Russia's Anastasia Baryshnikova settled for bronze.

In the men's heavyweight (over-80kg) class, Anthony Obame lost to Italy's Carlo Molfetta in the final match but he still earned silver for Gabon's first Olympic medal.

While Obame won his country's first medal in any Olympic sport, Molfetta became the second Italian fighter to medal in taekwondo. Italy's Mauro Sarimiento previously won a silver in 2008 and a bronze here in London in the men's under-80kg division.

Cuba's Robelis Despaigne and Liu Xiaobo of China were awarded heavyweight bronze.

AZERBAIJAN TAKES 2 WRESTLING WINS; TAYMAZOV GOLDEN AGAIN

London, England (Sports Network) - Azerbaijan's Toghrul Asgarov and Sharif Sharifov earned freestyle wrestling gold medals Saturday, while Uzbekistan's Artur Taymazov won his third consecutive Olympic title.

Additionally, American Coleman Scott earned a bronze medal.

Asgarov, 19, defeated Russia's Besik Kudukhov in the gold medal match of the 60-kilogram weight class. He took the first period by one point, then gained five points in the second while holding Kudukhov scoreless to end the match.

Kudukhov is the reigning three-time world champion in the weight class, and in the qualification round beat Puerto Rico's Franklin Gomez in a rematch of last year's title match. But the Russian again came up short of gold. He won bronze in the 55kg category four years ago in Beijing.

Asgarov beat Scott in the semifinals, and the American went on to win his bronze medal match. India's Yogeshwar Dutt won the other 60kg bronze.

If Asgarov's gold was somewhat unexpected, Sharifov's came as little surprise. The reigning world champion at 84kg, he topped Puerto Rico's Jaime Yusept Espinal in the final. Sharifov won the first period by a 6-1 point margin, then took two points in the second period to lock up the victory.

Iran's Ehsan Naser Lashgari and Georgia's Dato Marsagishvili came away with bronze in the 84kg class.

In the 120kg category, the 33-year-old Taymazov outpointed Davit Modzmanashvili of Georgia in the first two periods, both times by a 1-0 margin. The two points were enough to give the Uzbek wrestler his fourth Olympic medal overall. He earned a silver at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Iranian Komeil Ghasemi and Bilyal Makhov of Russia won the bronze medals.

NORWAY WOMEN WIN 2ND STRAIGHT HANDBALL GOLD

London, England (Sports Network) - Norway won its second straight Olympic gold medal in women's handball after beating Montenegro in Saturday's final.

Linn Sulland scored 10 goals, leading Norway to a 26-23 win. She had seven of her goals in the first half, when the Norwegians built a 13-10 lead.

Montenegro won its first Olympic medal since splitting with Serbia in 2006. It was led by Katarina Bulatovic's 10 goals.

Serbia won its first Olympic gold medal since the break up on Saturday in taekwondo.

Spain beat South Korea after two overtime periods to win the women's handball bronze, its first ever Olympic medal in the sport. It was only the second time in eight appearances that South Korea failed to medal.

Sweden and France will play the men's gold medal match Sunday. Hungary and Croatia will meet for the bronze.

CAS REJECTS SWEDISH APPEAL OF WOMEN'S TRIATHLON RESULTS

London, England (Sports Network) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport has denied the appeal filed by the Swedish Olympic Committee regarding the outcome of the women's triathlon.

The appeal asked the CAS to award Swedish triathlete Lisa Norden a gold medal, but the court met Friday night and rendered its final decision Saturday morning.

Norden finished the women's triathlon, which was held last Saturday, with the same time as Switzerland's Nicola Spirig -- 1 hour, 59 minutes and 48 seconds. In a photo finish, Spirig was awarded gold and Norden took silver.

Sweden's National Olympic Committee requested that the International Triathlon Union (ITU) rank Norden first along with Spirig.

But after the ITU rejected that appeal Wednesday, the Swedish NOC and triathlon federation took the issue up with CAS.

They believe the ITU did not follow procedures because it may not have taken into account the position of the athletes' torsos at the line. The two Swedish sports organizations also say that it's impossible to determine the position of Spirig's torso, as it is behind Norden in the photograph.

However, the court's ruling stated that no ITU rule was violated and that the point of contention was "a field-of-play decision." According to precedent set by CAS jurisprudence, such matters are not able to reviewed by the court unless it can be proven the decision was arrived upon in an arbitrary manner or that officials made the judgment with bad faith.

AINSLIE SELECTED TO CARRY BRITISH FLAG AT CLOSING CEREMONY

London, England (Sports Network) - Sailor Ben Ainslie has been selected to carry Great Britain's flag at the closing ceremony following a hometown performance that saw him earn a gold medal for the fourth straight Olympics.

Ainslie's gold medal in the Finn class also marked the fifth straight games in which he has won a medal, making him the most accomplished sailor in Olympic history.

Combined with the silver he won as a 19-year-old at the 1996 Atlanta Games, Ainslie surpassed Paul Elvstrom's string of four straight Olympics with a medal, a run by the Dane that included four golds from 1948-1960.

"It's a really proud moment for me and for sailing to have such an involvement at the end of what's been such an amazing Games for the whole country," said Ainslie.

The 35-year-old took silver in the Laser class in 1996 and followed that up four years later with his first gold in the event. Ainslie then grabbed the first of three straight golds in the Finn class at the 2004 Athens Games.

His five medals match Torben Grael for the most by any sailor at the Summer Olympics. The Brazilian notched two golds, a silver and a pair of bronzes in his career.

"Ben Ainslie is the perfect choice for Team GB's flag bearer for the closing ceremony. He has been at the heart of Great Britain's Olympic endeavors since 1996 and his achievements are already legendary," said team leader Andy Hunt.

"As we pass the Olympic baton to Rio, we as a team are privileged to have Ben lead the way."

The closing ceremony is scheduled to take place on Sunday evening London time.

SPAIN EDGES AUSTRALIA FOR SAILING MATCH RACE GOLD

London, England (Sports Network) - Spain defeated Australia to win gold in the women's Elliott 6m match racing competition, the final sailing event to conclude at the London Olympics.

The Spanish boat, skippered by Tamara Echegoyen Dominguez with a crew of Sofia Toro Prieto Puga and Angela Pumariega Menendez, won by a 3-2 margin. They earned a point in three of the five races.

Australia had gone 11-0 during the round robin stage, but couldn't rally for the victory. Its skipper, Olivia Price, was actually thrown out of the boat during race No. 3 after the boat lost control and crossed into a strong wind. Light winds cut short competition on Thursday and Friday, but Saturday there were no problems.

Price got back into the boat, but Spain was already on its way to winning the race. Australia took race No. 4, but was penalized for obstructing Spain and needed to take a penalty and never caught back up.

Prior to the gold medal match, Finland defeated Russia 3-1 for bronze.

Russia protested the result, saying both boats crossed the start line too soon in race No. 4. But that appeal was rejected, the second time that happened to Russia on Saturday.

The country's Olympic Committee filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport early Saturday morning, requesting that the International Sailing Federation's decision to cut short the semifinals Friday be overturned. However, the CAS rejected that appeal.

CAS REJECTS RUSSIAN SAILING APPEAL

London, England (Sports Network) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected an appeal of the decision to cut short the semifinal matches of the women's Elliott 6m match racing sailing competition.

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) filed the application Saturday morning, prior to the bronze and gold medal matches of the event.

On Friday, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) decided to cancel races No. 4 and 5 of the semifinal matches, which pitted Russia against Spain and Finland against Australia.

The semifinals were scheduled to include five races and were set to begin Thursday. However, light winds forced officials to bump it back a day, and a lack of wind Friday prompted the ISAF to end the semifinals.

The teams had gotten through only three races each, and with Spain and Australia leading at the time, they were declared the winners to advance to the final.

The ROC requested the annulment of the ISAF's decision to cancel the races and declare Spain the winner of that semifinal. Russia also requested that the CAS oblige the ISAF to conduct the remaining semifinal races Saturday.

But Canada's Graeme Mew, the sole arbitrator of the case, dismissed the appeal.

Russia lost to Finland in the competition for bronze.

SYRIAN HURDLER DISQUALIFIED FOR DOPING VIOLATION

London, England (Sports Network) - The International Olympic Committee has disqualified Syrian hurdler Ghfran Almouhamad for a violation of the anti- doping rules.

The IOC made the announcement Saturday, nearly a week after Almouhamad finished eighth in the second heat of the first round in the women's 400-meter hurdles event.

The 23-year-old had provided a urine sample on Aug. 3, two days before her race, that indicated the presence of methylhexaneamine. That result was confirmed following an analysis of her second sample.

U.S. CYCLIST HAMILTON FORMALLY STRIPPED OF GOLD

London, England (Sports Network) - Former United States cyclist Tyler Hamilton has been officially stripped of his Olympic gold medal from the 2004 Athens Games.

Hamilton had won the men's individual time trial that year, and failed a blood doping test after the games. However, because there were no results from the backup sample due to improper storage, he was allowed to keep his medal.

He actually returned his gold medal last year, and in June he asked the International Olympic Committee to withdraw his name from the record books.

The formal step of erasing that result means that Russia's Viatcheslav Ekimov was given the gold, while American Bobby Julich became the silver medalist. Australia's Michael Rogers moved up to bronze from fourth.

Hamilton was also disqualified from the 2004 road race, though he didn't medal in it.

Hamilton's career went on to be marked by drug scandal. In 2005, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gave him a two-year suspension, and he was issued an eight- year ban in 2008 that effectively ended his career.

Last year, Hamilton made an appearance on CBS' "60 Minutes" and admitted to doping in his career, while also saying he witnessed seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong use performance-enhancing substances. Hamilton testified before a grand jury as part of a federal investigation in 2010.