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OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS: Usain Bolt wins gold again; U.S. prevails in women's basketball

Saturday, August 11, 2012 | 9:13 p.m. CDT; updated 10:24 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 11, 2012
Usain Bolt and the Jamaican relay team and the U.S. women's basketball team won gold medals Saturday at the Olympics, but the U.S. women's volleyball team was upset by Brazil.

Here are Saturday's highlights from the London Games:

  • Usain Bolt got his third gold medal of London as Jamaica won the 4x100 relay, capping his perfect 3-for-3 Olympics with a world record. Bolt steadily pulled away over the last 100 meters to win in 36.84 seconds. The U.S. took silver.
  • Brazil denied the United States its first gold medal in women's volleyball in a 3-1 upset that had the Brazilians turning somersaults on the court and some Americans sobbing. It was the first loss for the U.S. at the tournament and the second straight gold medal for Brazil. American star Destinee Hooker, the second-best scorer at the London Olympics, was held to 14 points.
  • Oribe Peralta scored only 29 seconds into the Olympic final and added another goal in the second half to help Mexico upset Brazil 2-1 and win its first soccer gold medal. Brazil, the favorite heading into the tournament, was also trying to win its first gold — the only soccer trophy the five-time world champions haven't won.
  • Candace Parker scored 21 points and the heavily favored U.S. women's basketball team won a fifth straight gold medal with an 86-50 victory over France. The win was the latest in an unmatched run for the Americans in the past 16 years. The U.S. has won 41 consecutive games in the Olympic competition since taking the bronze medal in 1992.
  • Allyson Felix won her third gold medal of the London Olympics, giving the United States a 20-meter lead after the second leg of the 4x400-meter relay and then watching teammate Sanya Richards-Ross bring home the victory. DeeDee Trotter ran the opening leg for the United States and built a lead before handing to Felix, who more than doubled the advantage by the time she passed to Francena McCorory. It was the Americans' fifth straight Olympic title in the event.
  • Mo Farah won the 5,000 meters to complete an Olympic distance double for Britain. The Somali-born Farah won the 10,000 meters on Britain's "Super Saturday" last weekend, the same night Jessica Ennis won the heptathlon and Greg Rutherford the long jump.
  • David Boudia won the 10-meter platform, giving the U.S. its first gold medal in diving since 2000. Boudia clinched the gold with his last dive, winning by 1.8 points over Qiu Bo of China.
  • Mariya Savinova of Russia won the 800-meter title, beating Caster Semenya of South Africa, who got the silver. Semenya, who made her Olympic debut three years after being forced to undergo gender tests, was last with 250 meters to go, but finished strong.
  • Artur Taymazov of Uzbekistan defeated Georgia's Davit Modzmanashvili to become the third male wrestler to win golds in three consecutive Olympics. Along with a silver medal from 2000, Taymazov equaled the number won by Alexander Karelin of Russia.

Medal count

With all but 15 medal events complete, the United States has the most golds with 44 and most overall medals with 102. China is second with 38 gold and 87 overall, and host Britain has 28 gold and 62 overall. Russia's strong finish has given it 21 gold and 78 overall.

At the games

London is preparing to close out a two-week festival of sports in Olympic style Sunday, with a thunderous celebration of British music, from the classical compositions of Elgar to the classic rock of The Who. Billed as "the best after-show party that's ever been," it will have something for everyone — the Spice Girls, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Muse and many, many other stars mixed in. Following tradition, London Mayor Boris Johnson will hand the Olympic flag off to his Rio counterpart.

Sunday's highlights

  • Track and field: Marathon.
  • Men's basketball: Gold medal game.
  • Closing ceremony.

Check NBC's Olympics website for full schedule details.


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