Ethiopian runner Dibaba wins gold in 10,000 meters at London Games, defends her Olympic title

 

LONDON — Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia pulled away with 600 meters to go and won the 10,000 meters at the London Games on Friday to defend her Olympic title.

Dibaba, who clinched the first women’s long-distance Olympic double in Beijing four years ago by winning the 5,000 and 10,000, collected the first track gold of the London Games in 30 minutes, 20.75 seconds.

Kenyans won silver and bronze, with Sally Kipyego finishing second in 30:26.37 and world champion Vivian Cheruiyot placing third in 30:30.44.

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London 2012 Tennis: Britain’s Murray beats Djokovic, clinches a medal

Wimbledon, England: Britain’s Andy Murray clinched at least a silver medal on Friday and advanced to the Olympic final by beating No. 2-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia 7-5, 7-5.

With the win, the No. 3-seeded Murray earned a rematch Sunday against No. 1 Roger Federer, who won when they met on the same court in the Wimbledon final a month ago. That dropped Murray’s record in Grand Slam finals to 0-4.

“I’ll be desperate to win on Sunday,” he said.

Murray held all 12 of his service games and broke once in each set. When he ripped his final shot at Djokovic’s feet for a winner, the partisan Centre Court crowd responded with a roar.

“It was one of the biggest wins of my career, and one of the most emotional, so, so happy to win,” the usually dour Murray said. “You don’t see me smiling that much normally, and I haven’t stopped smiling since I came off the court.”

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Britain wins Olympic gold in women’s pair

WINDSOR, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: (L-R) Heather Stanning and Helen Glover celebrate after winning gold in the Women’s Pair Final during the Men’s Single Sculls on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 1, 2012 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, England (AP) — It took five days, but “God Save The Queen” finally blared from the speakers during a gold medal ceremony at the London Olympics on Wednesday.

Unsurprisingly, it was Britain’s rowers who came through for the host nation.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning lived up to expectations to win Britain’s first gold of their home Olympics in the women’s pair at Dorney Lake, coming through after several other British favorites had faltered at the games.

With Britain’s two princes, William and Harry, watching on among a jubilant crowd, Glover wept on the podium as the gold medal was placed around her neck. A grinning Stanning looked around, taking in the cheers and the size of their achievement.

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Kayla Harrison wins first American judo gold ever

 

The United States had never won a gold medal in judo, until Thursday. Kayla Harrison won gold in the 78 kg (171.9 lbs) weight division in a 2-0 win over British judoka Gemma Gibbons.

This was the first Olympics for Harrison, who is just 23. She attended the 2008 Olympics to train with eventual bronze medal-winner (and current Strikeforce MMA champion) Ronda Rousey. Harrison was inspired by watching Rousey get to the podium.

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Gabby Douglas Wins Gymnastics All-Around Title!

Gabby Douglas performed in floor exercise, her last discipline en route to the gold medal.

LONDON —” Even before Gabby Douglas finished her floor exercise routine, her final event on Thursday, she flashed her irrepressible grin, and the crowd loved it. Fans clapped along and roared, knowing full well that they were looking at the gymnast who was likely the new Olympic champion.

Though two more gymnasts in the individual all-around event had yet to compete on the floor, Douglas did not have to fret. Her performance was already good enough for gold — and good enough for her to make history. By winning, she became the first African-American Olympic all-around champion.

Douglas, a 16-year-old from Virginia Beach, also became the fourth American woman and third consecutive American to win the all-around, after Mary Lou Retton in 1984, Carly Patterson in 2004 and Nastia Liukin in 2008.”

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Mariel Zagunis stunned in fencing semifinal; quest for gold medal 3-peat ends

LONDON — “Mariel Zagunis, the top-ranked U.S. fencer who captured individual sabre gold in 2004 and 2008, was stunned in the semifinals of the London Games by Jiyeon Kim of Korea, ending Zagunis’s quest for a three-peat.

 

Zagunis then lost to Olga Kharlan of Ukraine in the bronze medal bout, leaving the event without a medal for the first time.

 

At one point, it looked like Zagunis would cruise to the finals.

Zagunis held a 12-5 lead at one point in the match, but watched Kim erode it with spectacular counter-attacks as the American star aggressively tried to close out the match. Kim won 10 of the last 11 points to advance to the gold medal match, while Zagunis would fence for bronze against Olga Kharlan of Ukraine.

The match began with Zagunis, the U.S. flag-bearer at opening ceremonies, opening with three points in five seconds of the first round. Kim was overly aggressive.

But as the match progressed, it was Zagunis that forced the issue, with Kim exhibiting great defense, patience and picking apart the U.S. champion’s attacks. Kim let out a loud celebration at 15-13, as Zagunis’s run ended.”

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Eight badminton players disqualified for throwing matches

Combination photo made August 1, 2012 shows the women’s doubles pair of (clockwise from top left) China’s Wang Xiaoli (L) and Yang Yu, South Korea’s Jung Kyung Eun (Top) and Kim Ha Na, Indonesia’s Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari and South Korea’s Ha Jung-eun (L) and Kim Min-jung during their matches during the London 2012 Olympics. The World Badminton Federation charged eight female players with misconduct on August 1, 2012 after four Olympic doubles teams had attempted to “throw” matches to secure a more favourable draw later in the tournament. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhummad/Files

Japan’s Uchimura Wins the All-Around Gold

Kohei Uchimura of Japan on the parallel bars, on his way to winning the men’s individual all-around gymnastics event.

LONDON – “Kohei Uchimura did not fool anyone by qualifying in ninth place last week for the Olympic men’s all-around event in gymnastics. His competitors knew that he would be the one to beat in the final on Wednesday, and they were right.

Uchimura, the three-time world champion from Japan, took the lead halfway through the competition — then never let it go.

He finished his night on the floor exercise, twisting through the air so quickly during his tumbling passes that he was nothing but a blur. When he was done and his feet finally hit the ground, he walked off with a smile and a wave to the crowd, looking relieved that the contest was over.

Not long after, the gold medal was in his hands and he examined it, as if to make sure he was not dreaming.

Uchimura won with a score of 92.690 points, solidifying himself as one of the best gymnasts in history. Marcel Nguyen of Germany won the silver medal, with 91.031 points. Danell Leyva, who came to the United States from Cuba as a toddler, won the bronze, with 90.698 points.”

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US Gymnastics Team wins gold!

Team U.S.A members, Gabrielle Douglas (4th R), Alexandra Raisman (2nd R), Jordyn Wieber (5th R), McKayla Maroney (3rd R) and Kyla Ross (R) celebrate with their gold medals during the women’s gymnastics team final in the North Greenwich Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 31, 2012. Russia’s Kseniia Afanaseva is seen on the left. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Gold medallists Gabrielle Douglas and Jordyn Wieber (R) of the U.S. leave after the women’s gymnastics team final in the North Greenwich Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 31, 2012

Team U.S.A. members (C) celebrate with their gold medals as team Russia (L) take the silver and team Romania take the bronze during the women’s gymnastics team final in the North Greenwich Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 31, 2012.