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2012 Olympics Updates: Day 11

Athletics: Sally Pearson won Australia's first Athletics gold medal of London 2012 with a win in the 100-meter Hurdles. Pearson clocked an Olympic record of 12.35 to beat USA defending champion Dawn Harper by just 0.02 seconds. The USA's Kellie Wells settled for the bronze in 12.48.

Russia's Ivan Ukhov claimed the High Jump title as the only man to clear 2.36 meters and 2.38 meters. American Erik Kynard took the silver with a 2.33 meter clearance while the bronze shared between Great Britain’s Robbie Grabarz, Canadian Derek Drouin and Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim.

Germany's Robert Harting grabbed the gold in the Discus with a throw of 68.27 meters with Iran's Ehsan Hadadi taking silver with 68.18 and Estonia's Gerd Kanter the bronze with 68.03.

Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi won the 1500-meter gold with a time of 3:34.08. On Monday, he had been disqualified from the London Olympics for presumably not trying hard enough in the 800-meter event. The decision was reversed after a doctor said his left knee was injured in the 800. The USA's Leonel Manzano took the silver and Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider won the bronze.

Basketball: In the women’s event, the Americans routed Canada out with a 91-48 victory and advanced to the semifinals for the eighth consecutive time. The U.S. will face Australia, which beat China 75-60. France will take on Russia after beating the Czech Republic 71-68. Russia managed a close 66-63 win against Turkey.

Beach Volleyball: Germany's Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann cruised through to the final of the men's competition with a straight-sets win against Reinder Nummerdor and Rich Schuil of the Netherlands. Germany will face Brazilian duo Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego for the title following their victory over Latvia’s Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins, who will contest the bronze match with Nummerdor and Schuil.

Boxing: Michael Conlan of Ireland claimed a 22-18 victory against Nordine Oubaali of France in the men’s Fly Weight category. Conlan will face Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana in the semifinals while the second bout will see Russian world champion Misha Aloian take on Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia.

In the men's Welter Weight division, Frenchman Alexis Vastine was handed a two-point penalty in his fight against Ukraine's world number one Taras Shelestyuk but was beaten on countback after an 18-18 draw, although he later appealed. Canada’s Custio Clayton also lost on a countback to Great Britain's Fred Evans while the USA's Errol Spence lost 16-11 to Russia's Andrey Zamkovoy.

Canoe: In the men's K-4 1000-meter semis, the Australians racked up the fastest time finishing in 2:52.51, over a second ahead of the Germans. Serbia and China were eliminated from the competition after finishing last in their heats.

Russia finished first in the men's C-2 1000-meter semifinals with defending Olympic champions Belarus and 2012 European champions Romania less than 0.1 seconds behind. China held off a late surge from the Czech Republic in the second semi-final. Cuba also qualified after finishing third in the heat. Australia, Poland, Brazil and Angola will take part in the Group B finals.

Germany edged out two-time defending Olympic champion Hungary by 0.07 seconds in the women’s K-2 500-meter semifinal. Poland and New Zealand also qualified for the final while China finished on top for the second semi-final followed by Austria, Portugal and Serbia.

Cycling: The gold in the men’s Keirin went to Chris Hoy of Great Britain. The win marks his seventh career medal, with six of them being gold. The silver was won by Maximilian Levy of Germany while the bronze medals went to Simon van Velthooven of New Zealand and Teun Mulder of the Netherlands.

Anna Meares of Australia won gold in the women’s Sprint followed by Great Britain’s Victoria Pendleton and China’s Shuang Guo.

In the women’s Omnium, Laura Trott of Great Britain secured the gold medal after beating Sarah Hammer of the United States. The bronze went to Australia’s Annette Edmondson.

Diving: Ilya Zakharov of Russia scored 104.50 points on his last dive to win the 3-meter Springboard, dampening China's efforts to sweep all eight diving events. The Chinese settled for the silver and bronze with Kai Qin and Chong He coming in second and third place respectively.

Equestrian: Great Britain won its second gold medal in an equestrian event, this time in the Team Dressage. With a score of 79.979, the host nation was able to fend off Germany (78.216) and the Netherlands (77.124).

Gymnastics: Aly Raisman, the captain of the gold-medal winning United States team, added another gold to her collection by winning the Individual Floor Exercise competition. Raisman scored 15.600 to beat Romania’s Catalina Ponor and Russia’s Aliya Mustafina.

Raisman also won the bronze in the Balance Beam final. China’s Deng Linlin and Sui Lu won the gold and silver respectively.

Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands took the gold in the men's Horizontal Bar, finishing with a score of 16.533. He is the first Dutch gymnast to win a gold medal. Germany’s Fabian Hambuechen beat China’s Kai Zou for the silver medal.

In the men’s Parallel Bars, China's Zhe Feng claimed the gold with a score of 15.966, nearly two-tenths of a point ahead of Germany’s Marcel Nguyen who settled for the silver. The bronze was won by Hamilton Sabot of France.

Handball: In the women’s event, Norway and South Korea progressed to the semifinals after beating Brazil and Russia in their respective matches. They will be joined by Spain, who beat Croatia, and Montenegro after they defeated France in the quarterfinals.

Hockey: In the men’s event, the Australians recorded a comprehensive 7-0 victory over Pakistan to confirm their place in the semifinals as Group A winners. The Kookaburras will take on Germany, the runners-up from Group B, who drew 5-5 against New Zealand. In the day’s other matches, the Netherlands wrapped up their Group B campaign after beating South Korea 4-2, Argentina defeated South Africa 6-3, eight-time Olympic champions India lost 3-0 to Belgium and Great Britain drew 1-1 with Spain to finish second in Group A and play the Netherlands in the last four.

Sailing: Dorian van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands won the gold in the men’s RS-X Windsurfing final followed by Great Britain’s Nick Dempsey and Poland’s Przemyslaw Miarczynski.

In the women’s equivalent, the gold went to Spain’s Marina Alabau Neira while Finland’s Tuuli Petaja took the silver. Poland’s Zofia Noceti-Klepacka settled for the bronze.

Soccer: Brazil is on the brink of winning the gold after beating South Korea 3-0. They face Mexico in the final. Mexico reached the gold medal match after defeating Japan 3-1.

Synchronized Swimming: Russia's Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina have dominated the women's Synchronized Swimming duet and went on to grab the country's fourth consecutive gold medal. They finished with a score of 98.900 in the Free Routine finals ahead of Spain’s Ona Carbonell and Andrea Fuentes. The bronze was won by Liu Ou and Huang Xuechen of China.

Table Tennis: China's stronghold continued in the women's Team competition as they defeated Japan in the finals to win gold, giving the country a total of five medals across three table tennis events. Singapore took the bronze after defeating South Korea.

Triathlon: Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee entered the men's event as the favorite to win gold. He did just that as he finished ahead of Spain's Javier Gomez and his brother Jonathan to claim the title. Brownlee clocked in with a time of 1:45.26, finishing 11 seconds ahead of Gomez and 31 seconds better than his brother.

Volleyball: Defending champions Brazil continued to defend their women's title as the semifinal line-up was decided. The Beijing 2008 gold medalists beat Russia at the quarterfinal stage. Brazil are set to take on Japan after they defeated China in a five-set thriller to take their place in the semis. In the other half of the draw, the USA recorded a straightforward victory over the Dominican Republic while South Korea beat Italy in four sets.

Water Polo: Spain booked their place in the women's final with a narrow 10-9 win against Hungary. They will now play the USA for the gold medal and have made history by guaranteeing their first-ever Olympic podium finish. The Hungarians will take on Australia for the bronze medal.

Weightlifting: In the men’s 105-kg class, Behdad Salimikordasiabi of Iran captured gold while countryman Sajjad Anoushiravani Hamlabad won the silver. Russia’s Ruslan Albegov settled for the bronze.

Wrestling: In the men’s 66-kg Greco-Roman final, the gold was won by South Korea’s Hyeonwoo Kim after he beat Hungary’s Tamas Lorincz. The bronze medals were won by Manuchar Tskhadaia of Georgia and Steeve Guenot of France.

Meanwhile, Ghasem Rezaei of Iran won the title in the men’s 96-kg class with Rustam Totrov of Russia taking the silver. Armenia’s Artur Aleksanyan and  Sweden’s Jimmy Lidberg settled for the bronze medals.