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Olympic Updates 2012 : 31 July

2012 Olympics Updates Day 4

Basketball: Argentina was defeated by France 71-64 as they struggled with their shooting. The USA cruised to a big win over Tunisia, 110-63. In the day’s other games, Spain bounced back from a slow start to record an 82-70 victory over Australia while Lithuania beat Nigeria 72-53 in their first win of the men's competition. In the earlier Pool B games, China were beaten by Russia 73-54 while hosts Great Britain were narrowly defeated 67-62 by Brazil.

Beach Volleyball: Americans Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser rallied for a 19-21, 21-16, 15-13 win against Spain, remaining undefeated in the preliminary round of the beach volleyball tournament. Reigning world champions Brazil also won after beating Switzerland. On the women's side, the USA’s April Ross and Jennifer Kessy needed three sets to beat the Netherlands 21-15, 21-12, 15-8.

Boxing: Puerto Rico's Jantony Ortiz Marcano moved into the last 16 of the Light Fly Weight category with a 20-6 win over Ghana's Tetteh Sulemanu. Spain's world number seven Jose de la Nieve Linares was defeated 14-11 by Carlos Quipo Pilataxi of Ecuador. Earlier in the Light Fly Weight division, Cuba's Yosbany Veitia Soto made his mark with the biggest win in the competition so far after beating Australia's Billy Ward 26-4. The Philippines’ Mark Barriga also looked solid in a 17-7 win over Italy's Manuel Cappai. At Light Welter Weight, India's Manoj Kumar set up a last-16 meeting with Great Britain's Thomas Stalker after recording a 13-7 victory against Turkmenistan’s Serdar Hudayberdiyev.

Canoe: Tony Estanguet of France won the gold medal in the men’s canoe slalom. Sideris Tasiadis of Germany took home the silver while defending champion Michal Martikan of Slovakia settled for the bronze.

Diving: Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao won China its third diving gold in the women’s 10-meter synchronized diving with 368.40 points. Mexico’s Paola Espinosa and 15-year-old Alejandra Orozco bagged the silver while Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion took home the bronze for Canada.

Equestrian: Germany dominated the competition with Michael Jung winning the gold in the individual eventing and teammate Sandra Auffarth taking home the bronze. Germany also came first in the team event, giving Jung two gold medals on the day. Zara Phillips, Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, helped Great Britain secure a second place finish followed by New Zealand.

Fencing: The gold medal for the men’s individual foil went to Lei Sheng of China while Alaaeldin Abouelkassem of Egypt won the silver. Byungchul Choi of South Korea won in the bronze medal match.

Gymnastics: The U.S. women’s gymnastics team won their first Olympic title since 1996 with a score of 183.596. Russia took home the silver while Romania won the bronze.

Handball: Defending Olympic champions France moved to the top of Group A in men’s handball following a 32-20 win over Argentina. Left back Nikola Karabatic scored seven times for France, which boasts 76 goals in two matches, more than any other team in the tournament. Iceland, Hungary, Sweden, Croatia and Denmark were the day’s other winners.

Hockey: The U.S. beat Argentina 1-0 with a late goal in the first half in women’s field hockey. In other games, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Britain and Australia also won. China and Belgium drew their match.

Judo: Slovenia’s Urska Zolnir in the women’s 63kg took home the gold leaving China’s Lili Xu to settle for silver. In the men’s 81kg, South Korea’s Kim Jae-bum nabbed the gold while Ole Bischof of Germany won the silver.

Rowing: Great Britain’s lan Campbell qualified fastest for the semifinals of the men’s single sculls. Campbell crossed in 6 minutes, 52.10 seconds in the first quarterfinal to beat Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand, Lassi Karonen of Sweden and Ondrej Synek. The hosts are favorites to win three women’s events and have gold medal chances in several men’s disciplines during the finals, which begin on Wednesday.

Sailing: Great Britain’s Ben Ainslie is still following Denmark’s Jonas Hoegh-Christensen in the Finn class. Hoegh-Christensen finished first and second in a pair of races to grab a 10-point lead over Ainslie after six races. Ainslie had finishes of 4-3 and has his eyes set on a fourth straight gold medal and fifth games medal overall. Meanwhile, Ireland’s Annalise Murphy continued her run in the Laser Radial to win her fourth straight race.

Shooting: Vincent Hancock is now a two-time champion in men’s skeet shooting after he successfully defended his title with a score of 148. The 23-year-old American Army sergeant’s victory gave the USA a skeet sweep after Kimberly Rhode won the women’s competition earlier this week. Anders Golding of Denmark grabbed the silver and Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiya won the bronze.

Soccer: Steph Houghton's winning goal helped Team GB secure a 1-0 victory over Brazil to complete the group stage of the women's competition. Meanwhile, the USA’s Abby Wambach ensured her team’s 100 percent win record in the competition with a narrow 1-0 victory over North Korea. South Africa took on Japan, who advanced to the quarterfinals as Group F runners-up, following a goalless draw. In other games, France are into the quarterfinals and face Sweden after their 1-0 victory over Colombia. Striker Melissa Tancredi claimed a double as Canada drew 2-2 with Sweden. New Zealand reached the quarterfinals after beating Cameroon 3-1 in Group E.

Swimming: Michael Phelps made history by becoming the all-time most decorated Olympic athlete. Phelps won his 18th medal following the 200-meter Butterfly, where he was beaten by South African Chad le Clos and had to settle for silver. The 27-year-old then paved the way for the United States 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay team to win the gold as he moved on to 19 medals. Phelps is now the owner of 15 gold, two silver and two bronze medals. He still has three races to come and is expected to finish his Olympic career with 22 medals. Meanwhile, China’s Ye Shiwen claimed her second title in the 400-meter Individual Medley. Australia's Alicia Coutts grabbed silver and American Caitlin Leverenz won bronze. Allison Schmidt secured yet another medal for the United States by winning gold in the 200-meter Freestyle, relegating France’s Camille Muffat to silver and Australia’s Bronte Barratt to bronze.

Table Tennis: Tournament favorites Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia each won to set up an all-Chinese final in women’s table tennis. Defending world champion Ding beat Feng Tianwei of Singapore 4-2 while Li defeated Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa 4-1. In the men’s matches, Chuang Chih-yuan of Taiwan and Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany made it through to the semifinals.

Tennis: Andy Roddick spent less than an hour on the court to suffer a comprehensive loss to Serbia's Novak Djokovic. Roddick lost 6-2, 6-1 to Djokovic in 54 minutes. Meanwhile, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France beat Milos Raonic of Canada 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in the longest set in Olympic history. The final set lasted three hours and 257 points. Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis and Kei Nishikori also recorded victories on the men’s side while Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams were among the winners in the women’s tournament.

Volleyball: Poland, seen as gold medal favorites after winning the World League, were beaten by Bulgaria 22-25 27-29 25-13 23-25. Meanwhile, the United States nabbed a second successive victory, defeating Germany in straight sets. In other games, Serbia registered their first win of the tournament as they beat Tunisia 3-1 while Italy won 3-1 over Argentina. Hosts Great Britain lost to Australia and Brazil beat Russia in the final game of the evening.

Water Polo: Serbia defeated a perseverant Team GB 21-7 with driver Andrija Prlainovic scoring five times. Meanwhile, Croatia beat Spain in a Group A match to win 8-7, while Greece and Italy drew 7-7. Team USA bagged a 10-8 win over Romania, with Ryan Bailey and Peter Varellas both scoring hat tricks. Australia defeated Kazakhstan 7-4 and reigning champions Hungary suffered their second defeat in a row, losing 11-10 to Montenegro.

Weightlifting: In the women's 63kg, Maiya Maneza took home the gold for Kazakhstan while Svetlana Tsarukaeva of Russia won silver and Canada's Christine Girard took bronze.