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Olympic Updates 2012 : 08 August

2012 Olympics Updates: Day 12

Athletics: The Americans swept the finals of the 200-meter race with Allyson Felix claiming gold with a time of 21.88. She came 0.21 seconds ahead of 100-meter champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce while Carmelita Jeter took bronze.

The USA found success again in the men’s 100-meter Hurdles with the gold won by Aries Merritt followed by Jason Richardson with Jamaica's Hansle Parchment settling for bronze.

The triumphant night for the USA was made complete when Brittney Reese won the women's Long Jump title.

In other events, Russia's Natalya Antyukh won the 400-meter Hurdles beating the USA's Lashinda Demus and Czech Zuzana Hejnova.

Usain Bolt also eased into the 200-meter final to win in 20.18. Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake was the fastest qualifier and won the opening semi-final in 20.01.

Meanwhile, world record-holder Ashton Eaton of the USA enjoys a 220-point lead over team-mate Trey Hardee after the first day of the Decathlon.

Basketball: In the men’s event, Argentina beat Brazil 82-77 to progress to the semis where they will play the United States, who recorded a 119-86 win against Australia. In the day’s other matches, Spain and Russia booked their place in the semifinals after beating France and Lithuania respectively.

Beach Volleyball: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the USA won the gold in an all-American final of the women's competition. The pair claimed their third successive Olympic title after they beat number six seeds Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in straight sets. Brazil's reigning world champions Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva settled for the bronze after defeating China’s Xue Chen and Zhang Xi.

Boxing: Reigning Olympic champion Zou Shiming of China beat Kazakhstan's Birzhan Zhakypov 13-10 in the men's Light Fly Weight quarterfinals. India’s Devendro Singh Laishram was eliminated after losing to Irishman Paddy Barnes 23-18 while Thailand's Kaeo Pongprayoon won against Aleksandar Aleksandrov from Bulgaria.

In the men's Light Welter Weight category, world bronze medalist and third seeded Vincenzo Mangiacapre defeated Kazakh Daniyar Yeleussinov 16-12. British boxer Thomas Stalker lost to Mongolia's Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg 23-22.

Meanwhile, Brazil’s Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino beat top seed and reigning world champion Julio la Cruz Peraza from Cuba 18-15 in the men's Light Heavy Weight division.

History was made in the women’s events with the first Boxing medals handed out as the bronze medal matches took place.

In contention for a spot in the gold medal bouts, the USA’s Claressa Shields defeated Kazakhstans Marina Volnova 29-15. Shields will face Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova in the final after Torlopova, a former world champion at Super Heavy Weight, beat Li Jinzi of China 12-10.

Katie Taylor advanced into the Light Weight final with a 17-9 win over Tajikistan's Mavzuna Chorieva. She will take on Russia's Sofya Ochigava, who beat Brazil's Adriana Araujo.

Great Britain's Nicola Adams will face Ren Cancan of China for the women's Fly Weight gold after defeating five-time world champion Mary Kom in their semifinal bout.

Canoe: Hungary claimed two titles as Rudolf Dombi and Roland Kokeny beat Portugal in the men's Kayak Double with Germany’s Martin Hollstein and Andreas Ihle settling for the bronze medal. Their female teammates beat Germany to win a fifth straight Olympic title in the Kayak Four. Belarus took home the bronze.

Meanwhile in the men’s Canoe Single final, Sebastian Brendel of Germany won the gold followed by Spain’s David Figueroa Cal and Canada’s Mark Oldershaw.

The gold in the men’s Kayak Single was won by Eirik Veras Larsen of Norway. Adam van Koeverden of Canada and Germany’s Max Hoff took the silver and bronze respectively.

Cycling: The Netherlands' Raymon van der Biezen advanced to the quarterfinals as the fastest qualifier as the men's BMX competition opened at the London Games. Van der Biezen clocked 37.779 to top the table followed by Joris Daudet of France, who finished in 38.221, and teammate Twan van Gendt (38.339).

In the women’s equivalent, world time-trial champion Caroline Buchanan of Australia was the fastest qualifier as she finished in 38.434. Buchanan came 0.210 ahead of New Zealand's Sarah Walker (38.644) and Mariana Pajon of Colombia third in 38.787.

Diving: Ruolin Chen of China led the preliminary round of the women’s 10-meter competion with 392.35 points. In second was Rinong Pandelela Pamg of Malaysia with 349.00 points followed by Germany’s Christin Steuer with 341.75.

Equestrian: In the Individual Jumping event, Steve Guerdat of Switzerland won the gold medal after beating Gerco Schroder of the Netherlands. Cian O’Connor settled for the bronze, winning Ireland’s first medal of the London Games.

Handball: The final four in the men's competition were decided with Croatia, world champions France, Hungary and three-time silver medalists Sweden advancing to the semifinals.

Hockey: In the women’s event, the Netherlands and Argentina claimed their places in the final after beating New Zealand and Great Britain respectively. The latter two teams will take part in the bronze medal match.

Sailing: Australia's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen claimed gold in the men's Sailing 49er class while New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke took the silver. The bronze was won by Denmark's Allan Norregaard and Peter Lang.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie and Great Britain's Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are neck in neck in securing gold in the women's 470 class.

In the women's Elliott 6m Match Racing, Australia advanced to the semifinals following a 3-1 race-series win over the Netherlands. They will face Finland in the last four after their victory against the USA. In the other semi-final, Spain will meet Russia after their wins over France and Great Britain respectively.

Table Tennis: China completed a sweep of all four table tennis titles with a 3-0 win over South Korea in the men's Team final. China also claimed the women's Team gold along with the men's and women's Singles.

Taekwondo: World champion Joel Gonzalez Bonilla secured the gold following his win over South Korea’s Lee Daehoon in the final of the men's 58-kg event. The bronze medals went to semi-finalist Alexey Denisenko of Russia after he beat Safwan Khalil of Australia and Colombian Oscar Munoz Oveido, who defeated Pen-Ek Karaket of Thailand.

Meanwhile, China's Wu Jingyu defended her 49-kg Olympic title after beating Spain’s Brigitte Yague Enrique. Thailand's Chanatip Sonkham claimed the bronze with her win over Elizabeth Zamora Gordillo of Guatemala. Croatia’s Lucia Zaninovic won the other bronze after defeating Mexico’s Jannet Alegria Pena.

Volleyball: In the men’s event, Russia and Bulgaria are set to face each other in the semifinals after beating Poland and Germany respectively. Brazil defeated Argentina and will take on Italy, who posted a victory against defending Olympic champions the United States.

Water Polo: Italy knocked out reigning Olympic men's champions Hungary 11-9 in the quarterfinals. Hungary had set their sights on their fourth consecutive gold but three losses from six games brought an end to their recent domination of the sport. Italy will now face Serbia, who posted an 11-8 victory over Australia. In the other half of the draw, Montenegro claimed its place in the last four beating Spain 11-9. They will take on Croatia, who cruised into the semis with an 8-2 win over the USA.

Wrestling: Hitomi Obara secured the gold in the 48-kg women's category while compatriot Kaori Icho won the 63-kg title. Obara beat Mariya Stadnyk of Azerbaijan 0-4 1-0 2-0 while Icho beat China’s Jing Ruixue to capture her third successive Olympic gold. In the 48-kg category, Clarissa Chun of the USA won bronze, the USA's first Wrestling medal of the Olympics. In the 63-kg category, bronze medals were won by Mongolia's Battsetseg Soronzonbold and Russia's Lubov Volosova.