Friday, August 22, 2008


Usain Bolt helped Jamaica win the 400-meter relay final in 37.10 seconds Friday night for his third gold medal and third world record of the Olympics. Bolt became only the fourth man, and the first since Carl Lewis in 1984, to win all three Olympic sprint events.


The United States passed 100 medals, with a total of 102 _ 31 of them gold. China has 47 gold and 89 medals overall. U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Peter Ueberroth said the Americans “have exceeded our goals already.” Going into the final weekend, the U.S. was assured of at least 103 medals, surpassing the 102 from Athens and closing in on the 108 from Barcelona in 1992.


Bryan Clay won the decathlon, the first American to win the 10-discipline event at the Olympics since Dan O’Brien at Atlanta in 1996. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist and 2005 world champion, Clay finished with 8,791 points, including 522 in the 1,500 meters.


Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers beat Brazil in the men’s beach volleyball championship game, completing an American sweep of the men’s and women’s tournaments. Including the two straight women’s titles won by Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor, the United States has won five of the eight Olympic gold medals since the sport was added to the games in Atlanta.


Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine was stripped of her heptathlon silver medal, the highest-profile athlete kicked out of the Beijing Games for doping. The IOC said Blonska tested positive for the steroid methyltestosterone after finishing second in the heptathlon behind teammate Nataliia Dobrynska. American Hyleas Fountain moves up to take the silver, with Russia’s Tatiana Chernova going from fourth to bronze.


China was asked to provide more documents proving that five of the six members of its gold medal women’s gymnastics team were old enough to compete, in hopes of ending persistent questions about the ages of He Kexin, Yang Yilin, Jiang Yuyuan, Deng Linlin and Li Shanshan. The IOC said there is still no proof anyone cheated, but it asked gymnastics officials to investigate “what have been a number of questions and apparent discrepancies,” spokeswoman Giselle Davies said. The investigation could affect four of China’s six medals.


The U.S. men’s basketball team defeated Argentina 101-81 to advance into the gold medal game against Spain. …The U.S. men’s volleyball team beat Russia in a five-set semifinal, assuring the Americans their first Olympic medal since 1992. They will play for the title Sunday against the winner of the Brazil-Italy semifinal. … Cuba beat the U.S. 10-2 to advance to the gold medal baseball game against South Korea. The Americans will face Japan for the bronze.


“It’s great news, even if it’s quite negative. It’s great news for my event and the other girls, especially as there was a medal on the line and hopefully that’s the last of her. I won’t have to talk about her again or compete against her again.” _ Britain’s Kelly Sotherton, on Ukraine’s Lyudmila Blonska, who was stripped of her heptathlon silver medal after testing positive for a banned steroid.


The United States plays Australia for the gold medal in women’s basketball, 10 p.m. (10 a.m. EDT).

The U.S. women’s volleball team faces Brazil for the gold medal, 8 p.m. (8 a.m. EDT).

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