Diana Taurasi scored 15 points and the U.S. women’s team forced 26 turnovers in a 91-48 victory over Canada in the quarterfinals. The four-time defending gold medalists have won 39 straight games in Olympic play and will play Australia in the next round. Sylvia Fowles and Candace Parker had 12 points apiece for the U.S., which harassed Canada into three shot-clock violations in the first seven minutes.
The U.S. women’s team played without captain Lindsey Berg, but still managed a 25-14, 25-21, 25-22 victory over the Dominican Republic in the tournament quarterfinals. Berg is day to day with a left ankle injury and her status for Thursday’s match against South Korea is uncertain. Courtney Thompson (University of Washington) started at setter in the Americans’ sixth consecutive victory at the games. Destinee Hooker scored 19 points for the United States, which has never won a gold in volleyball.
Britain ended Germany’s long domination of team dressage by winning the gold, adding to its first team show jumping gold in 60 years, which it won a day earlier.
Ilya Zakharov of Russia scored 104.50 points on his last dive to win the 3-meter springboard, stopping China’s bid to sweep all eight diving events. Troy Dumais of the U.S. finished fifth, his best showing in four Olympics.
Brazil reached its first Olympic men’s final in 24 years when it beat South Korea behind two second-half goals by Leandro Damiao. The Brazilians will face Mexico, which beat Japan 3-1 at Wembley Stadium in the other semi.
Windsurfing made a spirited games exit, with Dorian Van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands collecting the men’s gold medal he had clinched days earlier and Marina Alabau of Spain winning the women’s regatta.
Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina won duet for Russia, which hasn’t lost an Olympic synchronized swimming event since the 1996 Atlanta Games.
It was a family affair on the podium for the men’s triathlon, with Alistair Brownlee taking the gold for Britain and younger brother Jonathan finishing third. Alistair Brownlee pulled away from Javier Gomez of Spain halfway through the 10-kilometer run to finish in 1 hour, 46 minutes, 25 seconds. Gomez took silver, and Jonathan Brownlee secured the bronze despite serving a 15-second time penalty.
Katarina Bulatovic’s last-second goal lifted Montenegro to a 23-22 victory over France, making it the first country to reach the semifinals of the women’s handball tournament in its Olympic debut.
Britain qualified for the Olympic men’s semifinals for the first time since it won the 1988 Seoul Games by surviving a 1-1 draw with Spain.
China won the women’s title with a 3-0 victory against Japan.