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US Women Crush France for Olympic Basketball Gold

Saturday, 11 August 2012 08:05 PM

Usain Bolt won his third gold medal at the London Olympics, anchoring Jamaica’s record-setting 400- meter relay team, as the women’s basketball team helped the U.S. top 100 medals.

Bolt, who also took the 100- and 200-meter races, ran the final relay leg last night as Jamaica finished in 36.84 seconds. That broke its own mark of 37.04, set at the 2011 World Championships in South Korea. It’s the second straight Olympics in which Bolt has won gold in all three events.

“It was a beautiful feeling to end like this,” Bolt, 25, said. “The team came out and gave it their all. I knew a world record was possible.”

Candace Parker had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the U.S. routed France 86-50 for its 41st straight Olympic victory. The Americans broke the game open by outscoring the French 26-12 in the third quarter.

“It’s really hard to put into words,” said U.S. coach Geno Auriemma, 58. “This is an unbelievable group of players to coach.”

The U.S. tops the medal standings with 44 golds and 102 in total. China is second with 38 golds among its 87 medals.

Gold medals will be awarded in 15 events on Sunday’s final day of competition. The U.S. takes on Spain in the men’s basketball final, while Russia and Brazil meet for the men’s volleyball gold medal.

Bolt ran away from Ryan Bailey down the stretch on the Olympic Stadium track. The U.S. won the silver medal and tied the old world record, with Trinidad & Tobago taking the bronze after Canada was disqualified.

“When I took the baton, I was thinking, ‘Run, run, run for my life,’ but Usain Bolt is a monster,” Bailey, 23, said.

The U.S. won the women’s 1,600-meter relay, where DeeDee Trotter, 200-meter champ Allyson Felix, Francena McCorory and 400-meter winner Sanya Richards-Ross beat Russia by more than three seconds.

Britain’s Mo Farah won the 5,000 meters seven days after he took the 10,000 meters. The 29-year-old is the sixth man to win both races at the same Olympics.

“It’s unbelievable,” Farah said. “Two gold medals, who would have thought that?”

Russia won six gold medals yesterday as Elena Lashmanova broke the world record in the women’s 20-kilometer race walk and Sergey Kirdyapkin set the Olympic mark in the men’s 50k event.

Russia’s other golds came from Mariya Savinova in the women’s 800 meters, Evgeniya Kanaeva in rhythmic gymnastics, Yury Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko in kayak, and Anna Chicherova in the women’s high jump.

David Boudia of the U.S. won the men’s 10-meter platform diving competition, and Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad & Tobago took the men’s javelin gold. Boxing gold medals went to Britain’s Luke Campbell, China’s Zou Shiming, Cuba’s Ronoiel Iglesias Sotolongo, Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk and Japan’s Ryota Murata.

Mexico beat Brazil 2-1 for its first men’s soccer gold medal as Oribe Peralta scored two goals. Brazil did win gold in women’s volleyball, beating the U.S. in the final for the second straight Olympics.

Britain’s Ed McKeever won the men’s 200-meter kayak single; Ukraine’s Yuri Cheban, 26, won the men’s canoe single and New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington, 23, took the women’s kayak single.

Germany beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the men’s field hockey final and Norway defeated Montenegro 26-23 in the women’s team handball final. Serbia’s Milica Mandic, 20, and Carlo Molfetta, 28, won gold in taekwondo.

Azerbaijan won two wrestling golds as Toghrul Asgarov took the 60-kilogram division and Sharif Sharifov won the 84kg title. Uzbekistan’s Artur Taymazov, 33, won his third straight 120kg wrestling title.

David Svoboda of the Czech Republic won the men’s modern pentathlon; Julie Besset of France, 23, took the women’s cross- country mountain bike competition, and Spain captured the women’s Elliott 6-Meter sailing gold.

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