Olympic report

SUNDAY, AUG. 5, 2012

Beach volleyball

Two-time gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor beat the Netherlands in straight sets to advance to the tournament quarterfinals. The Americans beat Marleen van Iersel and Sanne Keizer 21-13, 21-12. Reigning world champions Emanuel and Alison topped Germany 21-16, 21-14 to advance to the men’s quarters. The Brazilians, the top-seeded team at the Games, eliminated Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik.


Nicola Spirig of Switzerland won the gold medal in a photo finish with a Swedish challenger at the Olympic triathlon. The end of the race was so close that both women celebrated after crossing the line. Spirig held off Lisa Norden to claim gold in 1 hour, 59.48 seconds. The runners were given the same time, and Spirig was declared the winner after a few minutes of uncertainty. Erin Densham of Australia took bronze.


The U.S. men’s team blew a two-set lead and lost to Russia in five, snapping an 11-match winning streak in Olympic play. Maxim Mikhaylov scored 27 points for No. 2 Russia in the 27-29, 19-25, 26-24, 25-16, 15-8 victory.


The British boxing team is on a remarkable roll at its home Olympics, and that’s just one reason the Indian team is furious. Second-seeded light welterweight Tom Stalker beat India’s Manoj Kumar 20-16 for the 10th British win in 11 fights in London, moving six boxers to the brink of medal qualification. Although Stalker and Kumar appeared to be evenly matched, Kumar and his coaching staff criticized the judges and the tournament after the fifth loss for a seven-man team.

Water polo

Vanja Udovicic scored three goals and Serbia beat the United States 11-6 in the men’s tournament. It was the first loss of the London Games for the Americans, who will face three-time defending champion Hungary in their last group game.


South Korea topped host Britain 5-4 in a penalty shootout to advance to the semifinals of the men’s tournament. South Korea moves on to face Brazil, which beat Honduras in the quarterfinals. Japan and Mexico play in the other semifinal.


Britain is dominating the Olympic cycling slate. The women’s pursuit team won in a time of 3 minutes, 14.051 seconds to lower the world record they set earlier in the day. The U.S. won the silver medal. Canada beat Australia for the bronze.


Triumphs for Britain in men’s four and the lightweight women’s double sculls sparked more scenes of jubilation at Dorney Lake and took the host country’s tally of golds to four, one more then New Zealand. Britain finished with nine medals – four golds, two silvers and three bronzes – to surpass the country’s record total of eight from the 1908 Olympics.

Field hockey

New Zealand beat the United States 3-2 in the women’s tournament, preventing the Americans from advancing to the medal round. The Netherlands sealed a place in the semifinals with a 3-2 win over South Korea.


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