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Olympic Updates 2012 : 10 August

2012 Olympics Updates: Day 14

Athletics: The USA women’s team of Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter sprinted to a win in 40.82, smashing the East German mark of 41.37, which had stood for 27 years. The Jamaicans ran a national record of 41.41 to finish second while Ukraine took the bronze.

France's Renaud Lavillenie won gold in the Pole Vault final in an Olympic record of 5.97 meters. Germany's Bjorn Otto came second with 5.91 meters, ahead of countryman Raphael Holzdeppe on countback.

The Bahamas won their first Olympic track gold medal as they beat the USA to win the men's 4 x 400-meter title.

Chris Brown, Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu and Ramon Miller ran a national record of 2:56.72 to finish 0.33 seconds ahead of the USA, with Trinidad settling for the bronze.

In the women's 1500-meter, Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey secured the gold, winning in 4:10.23. Compatriot Gamze Bulut came second with Bahrain's Maryam Yusuf Jamal taking the bronze.

Russia's Tatyana Lysenko won gold in the women's Hammer with an Olympic record of 78.18 meters followed by Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk and Germany's Betty Heidler.

Ethiopia's Meseret Defar took the gold in the 5000-meter final in 15:04.25, beating Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot and compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba.

In the semi-finals of the men's 4 x 100-meter, the USA ran a national record of 37.38 to qualify faster than Jamaica.

Basketball: The U.S. men's team beat Argentina 109-83 in the semifinals. The U.S. will play Spain for the gold medal, a rematch of the final at the 2008 Beijing Games which was won by the Americans.

Boxing: With the bronze medals handed out, the men’s gold medal bouts take place on Saturday. In the Light Flyweight division, Zou Shiming of China will fight Kaeo Pongprayoon of Thialand. John Joe Nevin of Ireland faces Luke Campbell of Great Britain in the Bantamweight division. In the Light Welterweight, Sotolongo Iglesias of Cuba fights Denys Berinchyk of Ukraine. In the Middleweights, Florentino Falcao of Brazil faces Ryota Murata of Japan and Oleksandr Usyk of the Ukraine will take on Clemente Russo of Italy.

Canoe: New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington and Hungary’s Natasa Douchev-Janics qualified from their heats to the women's Kayak Single 200-meter final.

The men's Canoe Single 200-meter final on Saturday is likely to be between France's Mathieu Goubel and Germany's Sebastian Brendel.

The Russians dominated the men's Kayak Double 200-meter. Yury Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko beat the British duo of Liam Heath and Jon Schofield into second, while in the other semi-final Raman Piatrushenka and Vadzim Makhneu qualified in first.

Cycling: Maris Strombergs of Latvia and Colombia's Mariana Pajon won the men's and women's BMX titles. Strombergs defended his title with world champion Sam Willoughby of Australia coming second and Colombia's Carlos Oquendo third. In the women's race, Pajon beat New Zealand's Sarah Walker with Laura Smulders of the Netherlands claiming bronze.

Diving: China came first and second in the preliminaries of the men’s 10-meter platform. Qui Bo is followed by Lin Yue as they head into the semifinals and finals.

Gymnastics: As the top ten moved on to the finals in the Rhythmic event, Evgeniya Kanaeva of Russia came first followed by teammate Daria Dmitrieva.

Handball: Sweden and France are set to face each other in the men’s final. Sweden managed a narrow 27-26 win over Hungary while France beat Croatia 25-22.

Hockey: The Netherlands claimed the gold with a 2-0 win over Argentina in the women’s event. Great Britain took the bronze after beating New Zealand 3-1.

Sailing: The 470 wrapped up with Great Britain picking up two silver medals. On the men’s side, Australia got the gold with Argentina finishing third. In the women’s equivalent, New Zealand took the gold and the Netherlands settled for the bronze. 

Soccer: South Korea beat Japan in the bronze medal match in the men’s event. The final will see Brazil and Mexico play against each other.

Swimming: In the men’s 10-km Marathon, Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli took the gold followed by Germany’s Thomas Lurz and Canada’s Richard Weinberger.

Synchronized Swimming: Russia claimed the gold in the women’s Free Routine finals followed by China and Spain.

Taekwondo: Sebastian Eduardo Crismanich of Argentina secured the gold in the men's 80-kg division beating Spain's Nicolas Garcia Hemme 1-0. Great Britain's Lutalo Muhammad won the bronze.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s Hwang Kyung-seon defended her Olympic title in the 67-kg division beating Turkey's Nur Tatar 12-5. She becomes the first woman to win Taekwondo medals in three successive Games. The bronze medals went to the USA's Paige McPherson and Germany's Helena Fromm.

Volleyball: Top-ranked Brazil will take on second-ranked Russia in the men’s finals. Brazil won in straight sets over Italy while Russia required a fourth set to defeat Bulgaria.

Water Polo: Croatia will take on Italy in the men’s gold medal match. Croatia recorded a 7-5 win against Montenegro while Italy beat Serbia 9-7. Australia and the United States will play each other for the bronze medal.

Wrestling: The USA’s Jordan Burroughs took the gold after beating Iran's Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi in the men's Freestyle 74-kilogram division to give the Americans their first wrestling title in London. The bronze medals went to Soslan Tiglev of Uzbekistan and Denis Tsargush of Russia.

In the men’s 55-kg Freestyle division, the gold went to Dzhamal Otarsultanov of Russia followed by Georgia’s Vladimer Khinchegashvili. The bronze medals were won by North Korea’s Kyong Il Yang and Japan’s Shinichi Yumoto.