London Olympics: Women's Basketball claims fifth-straight gold
Women's Basketball: The French team was game, but ultimately Candace Parker and Team USA blew the doors off. They didn't have to contend with a force like Liz Cambage in the middle, and their athleticism trumped France's effort. Team USA claimed their fifth-straight gold in the event with a 86-50 victory. Team USA was not sharp offensively, but the defense and transition offense was the deciding factor. They shot under 40 percent from the field in the first half, but they held France to 28 percent shooting overall and used a 20-1 run in the third quarter to blow France away. Parker was the star this game with 21 points and 11 rebounds. But the Americans have had a different player step up throughout the Olympics. After a scare in the semifinals against Australia, the gold medal belongs to Team USA again.
Track and field: The Jamaicans were largely considered the favorites headed into the event. They not only boasted the fastest man in the world in Usain Bolt, they also had Yohan Blake, who captured the silver medals in the 100 meters and 200 meters behind Bolt this summer. On the other hand, the Americans were no slouches, ranked second headed into the event. Their top two 100-meter sprinters, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay, finished third and fourth, respectively in the 100 meters this summer. The Americans had also combined to run the fastest time in Round 1 of the event this summer, setting a national record in the process (37.38 seconds). Bolt combined with Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell in the 2008 Beijing Olympics to capture gold in the event. Gay and the Americans failed to advance to the final that summer.
Soccer:Mexico beats Brazil 2-1 in the London 2012 Summer Olympics gold-medal match on Saturday afternoon. The Brazilians were consensus favorites going into the Games. On paper it looked as though they had the potential to be one of the greatest Olympic football clubs ever, if not the greatest. Through five contests, it looked as though Brazil would go down in history as exactly that, as it had scored three goals in each one of its matches. Mexico wouldn’t hear of it, though. It rode an early lead to the finish line to claim the Olympic crown. While this is an upset, remember, Mexico defeated the Brazilians, 2-0, in an international friendly back on June 3rd.
Women's Volleyball: The United States entered the championship game as the clear favorites after losing only two sets throughout the entire Olympics, but Brazil offered a challenge that was too tough to handle. All seemed well for the U.S. after it took the first set with a dominate 25-11 score, but the momentum did not last long. The U.S. struggled to score points in the second set, putting up just 17 and falling back even to Brazil with a 25-17 loss. The Americans had every opportunity to come back in the third set and regain their focus, but Brazil shocked them with a 25-20 victory. At that point, Brazil obviously had the edge over a U.S. team that is not used to playing catch-up. The focus of Team USA was totally lost by the fourth set, but the determination was still there. The U.S. managed to play better after falling behind, but the deficit was too great to overcome. Brazil won, 25-17, and took the match, 3-1.
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