Serena Williams followed her Golden Slam by teaming with big sister Venus to continue their dominance of Olympic women’s doubles tennis. They beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4 for their third Olympic doubles gold.
After trailing the entire regatta, Britain’s Ben Ainslie won the Finn class gold medal in sailing – his fourth straight and fifth straight games medal overall, eclipsing Denmark’s Paul Elvstrom, who won four straight gold medals from 1948-60.
Tiki Gelana won despite tumbling on a rain-slickened London street. Around the halfway point, the Ethiopian was knocked down by another runner as she reached for her water bottle, a hard fall that bloodied her right elbow. But she found new motivation and finished in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 7 seconds.
Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor beat Italy in straight sets in the beach volleyball quarterfinals to remain on track for a third consecutive gold. The No. 2 U.S. women’s team of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross beat the Czech Republic 25-23, 21-18.
McKayla Maroney came in as the heavy favorite on vault after wining the world title last year, and she also posted the highest qualifying score in London. But the American fell on her second attempt, and Sandra Izbasa of Romania followed with the final vaults and won her second career gold.
Diana Taurasi had 22 points and the U.S. women matched their Olympic scoring record in a 114-66 rout of China. The Americans’ 38th consecutive victory in Olympic play gave them the top seed in the group for the quarterfinals. The U.S. will meet Canada on Tuesday.
The undefeated U.S. women’s team lost setter, captain and three-time Olympian Lindsey Berg to a left ankle injury during a straight-set victory over Turkey. The Americans breezed through the second set and took a 9-5 lead in the third before Berg limped off the court. Berg said she didn’t think the injury was serious and she should be ready to play in Tuesday’s quarterfinal. Her backup is former University of Washington star Courtney Thompson.
The United States will face Australia in a matchup of gold-medal contenders in the semifinals of the women’s tournament. The Americans beat European champion Italy 9-6 to reach the last four, and Australia moved on with a dramatic 20-18 win over China.
Men’s 400 semifinals
Double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius failed to reach the Olympic final of the 400 meters, following up a bad start with a slow race and finishing last in his semifinal heat. Pistorius is still expected to run the 4x400 relay.
A landmark tournament for gender equality in sports began with 12 entertaining bouts in its Olympic debut. U.S. lightweight Queen Underwood lost a close fight to Britain’s Natasha Jonas.
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