Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda rounded a corner with three miles left and simply took off, turning the last mile into a victory lap as he easily captured the marathon, along with the only medal for Uganda at the London Games. He won in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 1 second as he pulled away from Kenyans Abel Kirui and Wilson Kiprotich Kipsang. Kirui ended up with the silver while Kipsang held on for bronze just ahead of American Meb Keflezighi.
American Jake Varner defeated Valerie Andriitsev of Ukraine 1-0, 1-0 to win gold in 96-kilogram freestyle wrestling. Coupled with Jordan Burroughs’ win in the 74 kilograms Friday night, it gave the American team multiple Olympic gold medalists in men’s wrestling for the first time since 1996.
Britain’s Anthony Joshua got one last gold medal for the home fans. In the super heavyweight final, Joshua rallied to defeat Italy’s Roberto Cammarelle for Britain’s third boxing gold medal.
Russia won its first men’s volleyball gold in 32 years by rallying past Brazil in five sets. Second-ranked Russia dropped the first two sets and faced two match points before putting together an impressive comeback in a 19-25, 20-25, 29-27, 25-22, 15-9 victory, paced by 7-foot-2 middle blocker Dmitriy Muserskiy’s 31 points. It was Russia’s fourth gold medal in the event, most of any nation. Italy won its fourth men’s volleyball medal in the last five Olympics by beating Bulgaria in four sets for the bronze.
The Russians won their fourth straight Olympic gold medal in the group event, easily beating Belarus. With Evgeniya Kanaeva winning the individual all-around Saturday, Russia has now won both rhythmic titles at every Olympics since the 2000 Sydney Games. The Russians didn’t even bother waiting for the final standings, exchanging hugs and blowing kisses at the camera before the score of Ukraine, the last team to perform, was announced. Mountain bike
World champion Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic won a two-man sprint to take the gold medal in the men’s mountain bike race. Kulhavy made the most of a final steep ascent on the technical circuit in the English countryside to move ahead of Nino Schurter of Switzerland and then sprinted to the line. Schurter won the silver medal and Marco Aurelio Fontana of Italy took bronze.
• Sochi Winter Olympics, Feb. 7-23, 2014
• Rio Summer Olympics, Aug. 5-21, 2016
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