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2012 Olympics Updates: Day 13

Athletics: Usain Bolt won the 200 meters in 19.32 seconds to become the first man with two Olympic titles at that distance. He beat teammate and training partner Yohan Blake while Warren Weir took the bronze to mark a sweep for Jamaica. Bolt won the 100-meter race on Sunday and now has five Olympic golds, an achievement he celebrated by doing five push-ups just past the finish line.

David Rudisha of Kenya set the first world record on the Olympic track to win the 800-meter race. He finished in 1:40.91 seconds, shaving one-tenth of a second off the mark he set in 2010.

The United States’ Ashton Eaton won the decathlon gold and teammate Trey Hardee got the silver. Leonel Suarez of Cuba settled for the bronze.

There was more success for the United States as Christian Taylor won the triple jump gold medal, overtaking teammate Will Claye with his fourth jump. Taylor, the world champion, earned the Olympic title with a best jump of 17.81 meters.

The final gold medal of the evening went to the Czech Republic’s Barbora Spotakova, who defended her Javelin Throw title with a best effort of 69.55 meters.

Basketball: The U.S. women's team beat Australia 86-73 to advance to a fifth straight gold medal game. The Americans have won 40 successive Olympic contests dating to the bronze medal game in 1992. They will face France, who defeated Russia 81-64.

Beach Volleyball: The gold in the men’s final was won by Germany after they beat Brazil while the bronze went to Latvia who defeated the Netherlands.

Boxing: Great Britain’s Nicola Adams made history by winning the first gold medal to be awarded in women’s Boxing. Adams beat China’s Ren Cancan 16-7 in the Flyweight category. Other first gold medals went to Middleweight Claressa Shields of the USA and Lightweight Katie Taylor of Ireland.

Canoe: In the men's 1,000-meter Kayak-4, Australia won its first ever team gold in the sport with Hungary and the Czech Republic coming in second and third.

Germany emerged victorious in the men's 1,000-meter Canoe Double followed by Belarus and Russia.

In the women's 500-meter Kayak Single, Danuta Kozak of Hungary took the gold while Inna Osypenko-Radomska of the Ukraine got the silver. The bronze went to Bridgitte Hartley of South Africa.

In the women's 500-meter Kayak Double, Germany secured gold after beating Hungary and Poland.

Cycling: Australian world champion Sam Willoughby, the Netherlands' Twan van Gendt, Great Britain's Liam Phillips, world time-trial champion Connor Fields of the USA and defending Olympic champion Maris Strombergs of Latvia along with teammate Edzus Treimanis advanced to the quarterfinals from heat two.

Marc Willers of New Zealand and France's Joris Daudet progressed from heat three.

Carlos Oquendo Zabala of Colombia, Quentin Caleyron of France, Australia's Khalen Young, Andres Jimenez Caicedo of Colombia, Latvia’s Rihards Veide of Latvia, the USA's David Herman and Switzerland's Roger Rinderknecht also progressed.

Diving: China’s Chen Ruolin defended her women's 10-meter Platform title with a score of 422.30. Sixteen-year-old Australian Brittany Broben took the silver while Pandelela Rinong Pamg won bronze for Malaysia.

Equestrian: Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin captured the gold in the finals of the Individual Dressage finals followed by Adelinde Cornelissen of the Netherlands and Britain’s Laura Bechtolsheimer.

Gymnastics: After the first of two days of qualifying in the Rhythymic Gymnastics event, Daria Dmitrieva of Russia is in the lead followed by her teammate Evgeniya Kanaeva. Russia is also at the top of the table in the Team competition followed by Italy and Belarus.

Handball: Norway and Montenegro advanced to the gold medal match after beating South Korea and Spain respectively.

Hockey: Germany and the Netherlands are set to play each other in the finals of the men’s competition after recording comprehensive victories against Australia and hosts Great Britain respectively. The latter two teams are in contention for the bronze medal.

Sailing: There was no competition due to the lack of wind.

Soccer: In the finals of the women’s event, the U.S. won the gold medal with a 2-1 victory over Japan. The American team has won three consecutive Olympic titles and four of five since women's soccer was introduced at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Swimming: Hungary’s Eva Risztov won gold in the women’s 10-kilometer Marathon with a time of 1:57:38.2. American Haley Anderson took the silver while Italy’s Martina Grimaldi settled for the silver.

Synchronized Swimming: Russia currently leads the women’s Technical Routine event with 98.100 points followed by China and Spain.

Taekwondo: Servet Tazegul of Turkey secured the gold in the men's 68-kg competition after defeating Iran's Mohammad Motamed Bagheri 6-5. The bronze medals were won by Terrence Jennings of the USA, who defeated Brazilian Diogo Silva 8-5, and Afghanistan's Rohullah Nikpah, who beat Great Britain's Martin Stamper 5-3.

Volleyball: Brazil and the United States are set to face each other in the final of the women’s event after posting straight-set wins against South Korea and Japan respectively.

Water Polo: The United States won its first gold medal in the women's event after cruising to an 8-5 win over Spain.

Wrestling: In the gold medal match for the women’s 55-kg Freestyle, Saori Yoshida of Japan beat Tonya Lynn Verbeek of Canada to win the title. The bronzes went to Jackeline Renteria Castillo of Colombia and Yuliya Ratkevich of Azerbaijan.

In the women’s 72-kg Freestyle, the gold went to Natalia Vorobieva of Russia followed by Stanka Zlateva Hristova of Bulgaria. Guzel Manyurova of Kazakhstan and Maider Unda of Spain settled for the bronze medals.