LONDON OLYMPICS: U.S. women win gold in soccer; Usain Bolt says he's a "living legend"

Thursday, August 9, 2012 | 7:56 p.m. CDT; updated 8:12 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 9, 2012
The U.S. women's soccer team wins its third straight gold; Ashton Eaton claims the decathlon title; Usain Bolt leads the Jamaican sweep of the 200 meter; and the U.S. women's basketball team advances to the gold game.

The U.S. women's soccer team came on the field hot Thursday, scoring in the eighth minute of the game, defeating Japan 2-1 and winning its third straight Olympic title.

And it was a game of vengeance in a rematch of last year's World Cup, the most painful loss in the U.S. team's history. The team found the redemption it had been seeking since that penalty kick shootout loss to Japan following a 2-2 tie after extra time.

Carli Lloyd scored both goals for the U.S. in the eighth and 54th minutes. Yuki Ogimi scored in the 63rd minute for Japan.

Ashton Eaton wins Olympic gold medal in decathlon for the U.S.

At the Olympic trials in June, Ashton Eaton set the world record in the decathlon with 9,039 points. He followed up that performance winning the gold for the U.S. on Thursday by 198 points, with a score of 8,869 points.

But first, what the heck is a decathlon?

It is a combination of 10 track and field events held over two days, and the winner is determined by the combined performance in all. Eaton placed first in the 100 meter, 400 meter and long jump events in the decathlon. The U.S.'s Trey Hardee won the silver medal.

Usain Bolt looking like lightening

Heading into the London Olympics, Usain "Lightening" Bolt stated his goal was to make himself a "living legend," and he's made great strides in that direction.

In 19.32 seconds Bolt claimed the gold in the 200 meter on Thursday, becoming the first man to win two Olympic titles in the event. This is in addition to the 100 meter gold he won on Sunday, making him the only man in history to defend both 100 and 200 meter Olympic sprint titles.

Bolt led the Jamaican sweep of the 200 meter, with Yohan Blake winning the silver and Weir Warren the bronze.

U.S. Women's basketball defeats Australia in semifinals

The U.S. women's basketball team has reached the Olympics gold medal game for the fifth straight time, defeating Australia 86-73 in the semifinals Thursday.

The team has dominated the women's basketball Olympic scene, winning six of last seven titles and claiming the bronze in 1992.

Maya Moore, a Jefferson City native, scored 9 points for the U.S., tallying 3 assists and 2 steals.

France defeated Russia 81-64 on Thursday and will face the U.S. in the gold medal game on Saturday at 3 p.m.

U.S. Medal winners

Men's decathlon — Ashton Eaton, gold; Trey Hardee, silver

Men's triple jump — Christian Taylor, gold; Will Claye, silver

Men's 68 kg taekwondo — Terrence Jennings, bronze

Women's soccer — gold

Women's open water swimming — Haley Anderson, silver

Women's 75 kg boxing — Claressa Shields, gold

Friday's games: What to watch 

For a full schedule of Friday's games visit NBC's Olympic website.

6 a.m. - Men's open water swimming medal race

6 a.m. — Men's 470 sailing medal race

7 a.m. — Women's 470 sailing medal race

9 a.m. — Team synchronized swimming routine final

10:30 a.m. — Women's BMX final

10:40 a.m. — Men's BMX final

1 p.m. — Men's pole vault final

1:03 p.m. — Men's freestyle wrestling 55 kg final

1:35 p.m. — Women's hammer throw final

1:50 p.m. — Men's freestyle wrestling 74 kg final

2 p.m. — Women's field hockey gold match, Netherlands vs. Argentina

2:05 p.m. — Women's 5000 meter final

2:40 p.m. — Women's 4x100 relay final

2:55 p.m. — Women's 1500 meter final

3 p.m. — Men's basketball semifinals, U.S. vs. Argentina

3:20 p.m. — Men's 4x400 meter relay final

4:15 p.m. — Women's 67 kg taekwondo final

4:30 p.m. — Men's 80 kg taekwondo final

Find complete coverage of the London 2012 Summer Olympics from The Associated Press at

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