Olympics Day 13 Highlights & Results
Results and highlights from Day 13 of the Summer Olympic games in London.
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U.S. beats Japan
WEMBLEY, England (AP) — Behind the scoring of Carli Lloyd the Delran women won the gold medal in soccer. The U.S. gained a measure of revenge by beating Japan in the gold medal game 2-1. The gold is the third straight for the U.S. in women’s soccer and fourth of five Olympics since women’s soccer was introduced at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Lloyd finished the game with both goals, scoring in the eighth and 54th minutes. This was her second multiple-goal game and gave her four for the tournament.
The revenge for the U.S. came from the fact that Japan beat the U.S. on penalty kicks in the World Cup final last year.
The game has drawn a crowd of 80,203, the largest ever to see a women’s soccer game at the Olympics.
U.S. gets the gold
LONDON (AP) — The United States women’s water polo team won the gold medal today. The Americans beat Spain 8-5 for their first ever Olympic gold medal.
The U.S. got five goals from Maggie Steffens and a sterling performance from goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong to cruise to the win. The Americans overpowered a young Spanish team on both ends of the pool to lead 5-2 by halftime, and they never looked back.
TRACK AND FIELD
Gold for Eaton…Bolt bolts to another gold…Taylor gets gold in triple jump
LONDON (AP) — America’s Ashton Eaton can now be called, “The World’s Greatest Athlete.” He earned that title by winning the Olympic decathlon gold medal by 198 points. Eaton set the decathlon world record at the U.S. trials in June and backed it up with an Olympic victory with 8,869 points.
Two-time world champion Trey Hardee of the U.S. settled for silver with 8,671 points and Leonel Suarez of Cuba took the bronze, 346 points behind Eaton, at 8,523.
Usain Bolt won the 200 meters in 19.32 seconds to become the first man with two Olympic titles at that distance. Bolt beat countryman Yohan Blake by .12 seconds with Warren Weir took third to make it a 1-2-3 sweep for Jamaica.
The last country to sweep the 200 was the United States in 2004.
Christian Taylor of the U.S. won the Olympic triple jump gold medal, overtaking U.S. teammate Will Claye with his fourth jump in the final. Taylor, the world champion, earned the Olympic title with a best jump of 17.81 meters.
Claye, the world indoor champion, who had already won a bronze medal in the long jump at the London Games, earned silver in 17.62.
Also on the track, Oscar Pistorius (pihs-TOHR’-ee-uhs) and his South African teammates moved on to the 4×400-meter relay final without even finishing the heats. The double amputee will get a chance to run for an Olympic medal after track officials awarded an extra spot in the final following a successful protest by South Africa.
The Kenyan team was disqualified for impeding after one of its runners knocked down a South Africa runner before Pistorius could get the baton for the third leg.
And how about this for being a team player? American runner Manteo Mitchell ran the last 200 meters of the opening lap of the Olympic 4×400-meter relay preliminaries with a broken leg. Mitchell told The Associated Press he had about half a lap to go when he felt a popping in his left leg.
He finished the lap in 46.1 seconds and helped the Americans to a tie for first with the Bahamas in 2 minutes, 58.87 seconds. A few hours later, doctors told him he had a broken left fibula. The relay final is set for Friday.
An Olympic first and gold for an American
LONDON (AP) — Claressa Shields is the first U.S. woman to win a boxing medal in an Olympics. The 17-year-old shuffled, danced and slugged her way past her 33-year-old opponent from Russia, winning the championship bout of the 75-kilogram class 19-12.
The teenager won the 12-member American team’s only gold medal in London. The winningest nation in Olympic boxing history got no medals from its men’s team for the first time, and flyweight Marlen Esparza won a bronze
Women’s boxing is making its Olympic debut at the London Games.
OPEN WATER SWIMMING
Close to a getting a gold
LONDON (AP) — After nearly two hours of racing, American Haley Anderson had to settle for the silver medal in a grueling Olympic open water marathon at Hyde Park. She missed grabbing the gold by just four-tenths of a second.
U.S. women reach final
LONDON (AP) — Tina Charles and Diana Taurasi (tohr-AH’-see) scored 14 points apiece and the U.S. women’s basketball team cranked up its defense in the second half to beat Australia 86-73. The win secures a spot in a fifth straight gold medal game for the U.S. women.
The Americans, who had cruised through their first six Olympic games, were challenged by the Australians and 6-foot-8 Liz Cambage. After scoring 19 first-half points, the U.S. defense shut her down in the second half, holding her scoreless.
The Americans have won 40 consecutive Olympic contests dating back to the bronze medal game in 1992.
They will face France, which beat Russia 81-64, in the gold medal game Saturday.
U.S. women to face Brazil’s for gold
LONDON (AP) — The unbeaten U.S. women’s volleyball advanced to the Olympic final with a straight-set victory over South Korea and will play for the title Saturday against defending Olympic champion Brazil. The American team lost to Brazil 3-1 in the final at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Brazil advanced with a straight-set win over Japan.
Hamilton accepts inevitable
LONDON (AP) — The IOC is set to formally strip American cyclist Tyler Hamilton of his gold from the 2004 Athens Games after his admission of doping. That’s what an Olympic official familiar with the case tells the AP.
The official says the IOC executive board will meet Friday to readjust the standings from the road race time trial and award the gold to retired Russian rider Viatcheslav Ekimov (vee-AH’-cheh-slahv EHK’-ih-mawf). American Bobby Julich (JOO’-lihk) will be moved up from bronze to silver
After years of denials, Hamilton told CBS’s “60 Minutes” last year that he had repeatedly used performance-enhancing drugs.
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