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2012 Olympics Updates: Day 9

Athletics: Jamaica’s Usain Bolt claimed the gold in the men's 100-meter final, dismissing worries over a season dogged by injuries and losses. Despite a sluggish start, he powered to the finish line with an Olympic record of 9.63, the second-fastest time ever. Compatriot and training partner Yohan Blake came second in a personal best-equalling 9.75. USA's Justin Gatlin came third in 9.79.

Meanwhile, the USA's Sanya Richards-Ross won the gold in the women's 400-meter in 49.55 with Great Britain's defending champion Christine Ohuruogu clocking a season's best of 49.70. The USA’s DeeDee Trotter was just 0.02 seconds behind to take the bronze.

Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi captured the gold in the men's 3,000-meter Steeplechase, Kazakhstan's Olga Rypakova emerged victorious in the women's Triple Jump, Hungary's Krisztian Pars won the men's Hammer Throw and Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana took the gold in the Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes and 7 seconds.

Badminton: China’s Lin Dan won the men’s Singles title after beating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 15-21, 21-10, 21-19. Chen Long of China took the bronze. 

China also won the men’s Doubles with Denmark taking the silver and South Korean settling for the bronze.

Basketball: In the women’s Group A matches, the Czech Republic battered Angola, the United States recorded a comprehensive victory against China and Turkey beat Croatia. In Group B, Russia lost to France, Australia defeated Canada and Brazil beat hosts Great Britain.

Beach Volleyball: In the women’s event, China, two teams from the United States and Brazil are through to the semifinals.

Boxing: India’s Mary Kom beat Poland’s Karolina Michalczuk 19-14 as women's Boxing made its Olympic debut. In other bouts, Russia’s Elena Savelyeva recorded a 12-9 victory against North Korea’s Hye Song Kim.

Meanwhile in the men's Heavy Weight division, Ukrainian world champion Oleksandr Usyk beat Artur Beterbiev of Russia 17-13 while Bulgaria's Tervel Pulev defeated Yamil Peralta of Argentina 13-10 winner.

In the Bantam Weight class, Great Britain’s Luke Campbell claimed a one-point victory over Bulgaria’s Detelin Dalakliev with a 16-15 quarter-final win.

Cycling: Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark won the gold in the men’s Omnium while Bryan Coquard of France claimed the silver and Edward Clancy got the bronze.

Diving: In the women’s 3-meter Springboard event, China’s Minxia Wu grabbed the gold with 414 points followed by teammate Zi He with 379.30 points. Mexico’s Laura Soto Sanchez won the bronze with a score of 362.40.

Equestrian: Several teams are still in medal contention after the first day of Show Jumping with Saudi Arabia in the lead followed by the Netherlands and Great Britain.

In the Individual event, Great Britain’s Nick Skelter leads with Saudi Arabia’s HRH Prince Abdullah Al Saud and Ben Maher of Britain in second and third.

Fencing: In the men’s Team Foil, Italy beat Japan 45-39 to capture the gold. The bronze was won by Germany after they won 45-27 against the U.S. team.

Gymnastics: Sandra Izbasa of Romania took gold in the Vault with a final score of 15.191 while the USA’s McKayla Maroney took the silver with her 15.083 score. Maria Paseka of Russia took home the bronze medal with a score of 15.050.

In the men's Floor Exercise, Kai Zou of China won the gold followed by Kohei Uchimura of Japan and Denis Ablyazin of Russia.

In the men’s Pommel Horse event, Krisztian Berki of Hungary won the gold with Great Britain’s Louis Smith and Max Whitlock taking the silver and bronze respectively.

Handball: In women’s play, Brazil beat Angola, Croatia routed Great Britain, Sweden lost to South Korea, Spain defeated Norway, France recorded a win against Denmark and Montenegro and Russia played to a draw.

Hockey: In men’s play, Pakistan beat South Africa 5-4, South Korea crushed India 4-1, the Netherlands defeated Germany 3-1 and Argentina lost 3-1 to Spain. There were two draws, with Great Britain and Australia tied at 3-3 and the New Zealand-Belgium match ending 1-1.

Sailing: Great Britain's Ben Ainslie won the Finn class gold, his fourth straight and fifth straight Games medal overall. He surpasses Denmark's Paul Elvstrom, who won four straight gold medals from 1948-60. Ainslie finished one spot ahead of Jonas Hoegh-Christensen of Denmark, who had led since the opening race a week earlier.

In the men’s Star race, Sweden took the gold with New Zealand winning the silver and Germany settling for the bronze.

Shooting: South Korea’s Jin Jongoh collected the gold in the men’s 50-meter Pistol while compatriot Choi Young Rae took home the silver. China’s Wang Zhiwei was awarded the bronze.

Synchronized Swimming: Russia’s domination showed no signs of slowing as competition got under way with the Duets. Russia led the way with 98.200 out of a possible 100 ahead of China (96.100) and Spain (96.000).

Table Tennis: The Japanese women’s team moved to the gold medal match after beating Singapore 3-0. They will play the winner of Monday’s match between China and South Korea.

In the men’s Team quarterfinals, Hong Kong beat Japan, Singapore was crushed by China, South Korea managed a narrow win against Spain and Austria lost to Germany.

Tennis: Great Britain's Andy Murray beat Swiss star Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to win the gold medal in the men’s Singles final. Murray lost to Federer last month in his first Wimbledon final. 

Meanwhile, Serena Williams followed her own Golden Slam by teaming with older sister Venus to maintain their dominance of the Olympic women's Doubles event. They beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4 for their third Olympic Doubles gold.

In the mixed Doubles, Belarus picked up the gold with Britain winning silver and the USA taking the bronze.

Volleyball: As the round-robin group stages came to an end, the line up for the women’s quarterfinals was confirmed. Two sides finished with five wins from five, Russia in Group A and the United States in Group B. In the day’s matches, world champions Russia beat Italy 3-2 while China racked up a 3-2 victory against South Korea. Matches between the USA and Turkey, the Dominican Republic and Algeria and Japan and Great Britain all ended in 3-0.

Water Polo: Hungary booked their place in the semifinals by beating Russia 11-10 in the women’s event. In other games, Australia beat China 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after the scores were tied at 16-16, the United States recorded a 9-6 win over Italy and Spain edged out Great Britain 9-7 in the final game of the night.

Weightlifting: China’s Lulu Zhou won the gold in the women’s 75-kg class with Russia’s Tatiana Kashirina taking the silver and Armenia’s Hripsime Khurshudyan settling for the bronze.

Wrestling: Hamid Soryan of Iran won gold in the 55-kg Greco-Roman competition by beating Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan in the final. Bronzes were awarded to Peter Modos of Hungary and Russia’s Mingiyan Semenov.

In the 75-kg division, the gold was won by Roman Vlasov of Russia while Armenia’s Arsen Julfalakyan came second. Aleksandr Kazakevic of Lithuania and Emin Ahmadov of Azerbaijan took home the bronze medals.