Olympics Day 7: Highlights & Results
Scores and highlights from Day 7 of the Summer Olympics in London.
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More gold in the pool for U.S.
LONDON (AP) — Michael Phelps has added a record 17th gold medal and 21st medal overall to his Olympic collection. The American star won the men’s 100-meter butterfly in what is expected to be his final individual race. Phelps will end his career with the 4×100 medley relay Saturday.
American teenagers Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky (leh-DEHK’-ee) also picked up gold on Friday.
The 17-year-old Franklin won the women’s 200-meter backstroke in world-record time for her third gold and fourth medal overall at the London Olympics.
And, 15-year-old Ledecky, the youngest member of the U.S. squad, took first place in the women’s 800-meter freestyle, just missing a world record.
Cullen Jones of the U.S. won silver in the men’s 50-yard free.
Jeter already in high gear
LONDON (AP) — Expectations that the London Olympics track meet would be filled with good times were quickly confirmed on Day 1, with seven sprinters running women’s 100-meter heats in 11 seconds or better Friday night. They were led by the 10.83 turned in by world champion Carmelita Jeter of the U.S.
She’ll be joined in Saturday’s semifinals by fellow Americans Allyson Felix and Tianna Madison.
Meanwhile, the U.S. still hasn’t won an Olympic men’s shot put title since Randy Barnes in 1996. Reese Hoffa won the bronze in London.
Firsts for Roger and Serena
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Wimbledon champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams assured themselves of their first Olympic medal in singles.
Federer outlasted Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN’ dehl POHT’-roh) 3-6, 7-6, 19-17 in the men’s semifinals at the All England Club. Federer will play No. 3 Andy Murray next. It will be a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon finale. The Briton beat No. 2 Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) of Serbia 7-5, 7-5.
Williams toppled No. 1-seeded Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN’-kuh)6-1, 6-2 and will face first-time Olympian Maria Sharapova on Saturday. The Russian beat countrywoman Maria Kirilenko (kih-reh-LEHN’-koh) 6-2, 6-3.
Americans Mike and Bob Bryan won their doubles semifinal. And Mike Bryan also won a mixed-doubles semifinal with partner Lisa Raymond.
U.S. remains unbeaten
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — The U.S. women’s soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the Olympic tournament with a 2-0 win over New Zealand. Abby Wambach (WAHM’-bahk) scored in the 27th minute at St. James’ Park, giving her a goal in all four games and increasing her career total to 142.
The top-ranked Americans are seeking their third straight Olympic gold medal.
2008 winners eliminated
LONDON (AP) — Defending beach volleyball gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser of the U.S. have been knocked out of the Olympics in the Round of 16 by Italy.
The Americans were among the favorites to win another gold medal.
Earlier in the day, Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross beat a duo from Switzerland to earn a quarterfinals berth.
U.S. women win again
LONDON (AP) — Maggie Steffens scored three goals and the U.S. women’s water polo beat China 7-6 in their final preliminary-stage game to remain undefeated at the London Olympics.
The U.S. will play 2012 European champion Italy in Sunday’s quarterfinals.
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LONDON (AP) — The U.S. men’s boxing team is done in London.
All nine men have been eliminated after losses by flyweight Rau’shee Warren and welterweight Errol Spence on Friday night.
Three American women are still alive but the men head home after their worst-ever showing in an Olympics.
The U.S. team’s previous worst outing came four years ago, when they brought home one bronze medal from Beijing.
US holds slim lead over China
LONDON (AP)— The U.S. has a 43-42 lead over China in the overall medal count. The U.S. has 21 gold medals to China’s 20.
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