Olympics Day 6: Highlights & Results
Scores and highlights from Day 6 of the Summer Olympics in London.
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Team USA sets 3-point record in 156-73 rout of Nigeria…France wins behind Parker’s 27
LONDON (AP) — it was a record-setting blowout performance by Team USA in routing Nigeria 156-73, the most points ever scored by a team. Carmelo Anthony is the new Olympic single-game scoring champ with 37, easily beating the 31 points scored by Stephon Marbury in 2004.
The Americans finished 29 of 46 behind the arc, easily surpassing the 13 3-pointers they made in the 2008 gold-medal game. Anthony was torrid beyond the arc, hitting 10 of 12 three’s.
Russell Westbrook added 21 points in an awesome performance that saw the Americans make 11 3-pointers in the first quarter.
Ike Diogu (dee-AH’-goo) had 27 points for Nigeria.
LONDON (AP) — Tony Parker scored 27 points as France beat Lithuania 82-74 in men’s Olympic basketball. Ronny Turiaf (ROHN’-ee TOOR’-ee-ahf), now with the Los Angeles Clippers, pulled down 10 rebounds for France, which is 2-1.
U.S. pans for gold in Olympic pool
LONDON (AP) — The water at the Olympic pool in London was liquid gold for the United States. The Americans claimed three gold medals in swimming events.
Michael Phelps continued to add to his record personal Olympic medal collection. Number 20 overall and his record 16th gold medal came in the 200-meter individual medley. Phelps became the first male swimmer to win the same individual event in three straight Olympics. He outdueled teammate Ryan Lochte (LAHK’-tee) who settled for a silver medal about 30 minutes after he won the bronze in the 200-meter backstroke.
The gold in that event was won by Tyler Clary who posted an Olympic record time of 1 minute, 53.41 seconds. That improved on Lochte’s mark of 1:53.94 set at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Rebecca Soni posted a world record in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke. She became the first women to break the 2 minute, 20 second barrier with a time of 2 minutes, 19.59 seconds. That was one-hundredth of a second faster than the mark she set in the semifinals on Wednesday.
Douglas is golden in all-around
LONDON (AP) — Gabby Douglas has won the gold medal in women’s all-around, adding it to the team gold she shared with her teammates on Tuesday.
Douglas became the third straight American to win gymnastics’ biggest prize, taking the lead on the first event with an impressive vault. She finished with a score of 62.232, less than three-tenths ahead of Russia’s Viktoria Komova.
Douglas brought the house down with her energetic floor routine, and U.S. teammates Jordyn Wieber (WEE’bur), McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross jumped to their feet and cheered when she finished.
American Aly Raisman (RYZ’-man) finished tied for the bronze but lost a tiebreaker and had to settle for fourth place.
Gold for the U.S.
LONDON (AP) — Kayla Harrison of the U.S. defeated Gemma (JEHM’-uh) Gibbins of Britain 2-0 in the gold medal match of women’s 78-kg judo. After leaving the mat, Harrison, a former world champion, hugged her coach and draped herself in the American flag.
The medal is the first gold for the U.S. in judo but the second this week. Teammate Marti Malloy won a bronze in the women’s 57-kilogram division.
Gold for American women
WINDSOR, England (AP) — The heavily favored team from the U.S. won its second straight Olympic rowing gold medal in the women’s eight. The U.S. held off Canada to get the gold, maintaining its six-year dominance of the high-profile event.
U.S. routs Britain
LONDON (AP) — Tony Azevedo scored four goals to help the U.S. swamp Britain 13-7 in water polo. Azevedo scored three times in the opening quarter to help the Americans build a 7-0 lead.
The win puts the unbeaten Americans on top of Group B with six points, one ahead of gold medal-favorite Serbia with two preliminary stage matches to go.
Williams sisters and Bryan brothers advance
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Serena Williams has reached the semifinals in the Olympic tennis tournament. She dominated former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK’-ee) of Denmark in their quarterfinal match, 6-0, 6-3. Williams, who is seeking the first singles medal of her career, will face top seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN’-kuh) on Friday for a berth in the final.
Later, Serena teamed with sister Venus to reach the semifinals in Olympics doubles, beating No. 2-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-1, 6-1. Venus is seeking a record fourth Olympic tennis gold medal.
Americans Bob and Mike Bryan moved onto the doubles semifinals by edging Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel, 7-6, 7-6.
Fellow American John Isner (IHZ’-nur) wasn’t as fortunate as he was ousted by Roger Federer, 6-4, 7-6. In the semifinals Federer will face Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN’ dehl POHT’-roh), while Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) plays Andy Murray in the other semifinal.
TRACK AND FIELD
Update on U.S. runner
LONDON (AP) — LaShawn Merritt’s coach says “it’s difficult to tell” if the Olympic 400-meter champion will be completely healthy to race in London. In an email to The Associated Press, Loren Seagrave said Merritt’s hamstring is, “pain free.”
Merritt pulled up shortly before the homestretch at a tuneup meet in Monaco on July 20. Seagrave says the runner has been rehabbing the leg and is much improved.
IOC wants an investigation
LONDON (AP) — The IOC is asking the Chinese, South Korean and Indonesian national Olympic committees to investigate the coaches of the badminton players who were disqualified for trying to lose matches. Four women’s doubles teams were kicked out of the competition Wednesday after intentionally playing badly in pool matches in an effort to secure a more favorable draw in the next round.
LONDON (AP) — The referee that worked a controversial boxing match earlier this week at the Olympics has been sent packing. The governing body of boxing says that the referee, who hails from Turkmenistan, has been expelled from the London Games.
His handling of a bout was so bad that the result was overturned on appeal, giving the boxer from Japan the win.
Olympic champ celebrates, big time
LONDON (AP) — After becoming Britain’s most decorated Olympian, Bradley Wiggins celebrated in a big way Wednesday night. After winning the time trial for his seventh Olympic medal, Wiggins marked the moment by getting “blind drunk.” It was a very public binge, with the cyclist posting messages and pictures on Twitter as he celebrated gold near St. Paul’s Cathedral.
British Olympic chief Colin Moynihan says Wiggins was “thoroughly entitled to have a fantastic party.”
TV TAPE DELAY
Knowledge of results builds TV audience
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC researchers are finding that people who know Olympic results before the network’s tape-delayed telecast are more likely to watch it.
The preliminary research undercuts an assumption that has guided production of Olympic broadcasts from locales outside of U.S. time zones for decades. NBC has been criticized for not televising live some of the London Games’ marquee events like swimming and gymnastics so they can be aired in prime time.
NBC chief researcher Alan Wurtzel says that two-thirds of people who said they knew the results ahead of NBC’s tape-delayed telecast said they would watch the events anyway. People who watched the events earlier in the day via computer stream watched the tape-delayed broadcast for a longer time than those who hadn’t.
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