Into the books with a Bolt

Martin Meissner/Associated Press Usain Bolt anchored Jamaicaís world-record performance in the 4x100 relay as the island nation sailed across the finish line in 36.84 seconds to top Ryan Bailey and the United States on Saturday in London.

By Jay Cohen
AP Sports Writer

LONDON Ė Five things to know about Saturday, Day 15 of the London Olympics:

Repeat Performance: Usain Bolt closes out a world-record relay for Jamaica.

Drive for Five: The mighty U.S. women win their fifth consecutive Olympic basketball gold.

Dive for Gold: David Boudia wins the diving title as United States closes in on the medals table win.

South American Surprise: Mexico upsets Brazil to win the menís soccer gold.

The End: Coach K says todayís gold-medal game will be his final one as the U.S. coach.

Bolt and Ryan Bailey got the baton at almost exactly the same time Saturday night, then sped down the stretch for the final leg of the 4x100-meter relay.

When Bolt reached his top gear, it was over.

The Worldís Fastest Man powered Jamaica to a world-record time of 36.84 seconds, making him 3-for-3 for the second consecutive Olympics. He also won the 100 meters and 200 in London and Beijing.

Bolt picked up another victory long after the record-breaking relay was over. After grudgingly handing the baton to an official right after he crossed the finish line, he got it back about 40 minutes later. He responded with a bow of thanks and kissed his new memento.

Bailey and the United States got the silver in 37.04, matching the old record that Bolt helped set at last yearís world championships. Trinidad and Tobago took the bronze in 38.12 after Canada, which was third across the line, was disqualified for running outside its lane.

Before Bolt and Co. took over the track, Mo Farah sent a charge through the capacity crowd at Olympic Stadium when he won the 5,000 meters to complete an Olympic long-distance double for Britain.

Farah surged ahead late and held on to win in 13:41.66. He still had the energy to do a few playful sit-ups on the track before he grabbed a British flag for the real celebration.

Allyson Felix won her third gold medal as the Americans rolled to an easy victory in the womenís 4x400 relay, and Russia capped a big day with wins by Mariya Savinova in the womenís 800 meters and Anna Chicherova in the womenís high jump Ė giving the traditional Olympic power six golds on the penultimate day of the games.

Team USA is poised to win the medals race for the fifth consecutive Summer Games, and Boudia increased the winning total with the countryís first gold in diving since 2000.

Boudia scored 568.65 points in the six-dive final for the menís 10-meter platform, edging Qiu Bo of China by 1.8 points. Tom Daley of Britain settled for the bronze.

Mexico earned its first Olympic gold medal in menís soccer and left Brazil wondering if it ever will be able to add the title to its long list of triumphs.

Oribe Peralta scored 29 seconds into the final at Wembley Stadium and added another goal in the second half, leading Mexico to the 2-1 upset.

Hulk scored for Brazil in injury time, but Oscar missed a header in the final seconds to waste the last chance for a comeback in front of 86,162 fans.

ďMexico will be celebrating on the streets,Ē coach Luis Fernando Tena said. ďIt is a great honor for a coach to see his players singing the national anthem with gold medals around their necks. Itís a very important moment for Mexican football. Itís a great moment for us.Ē

The rest of the Olympic action Saturday:


Jaqueline Carvalho had 18 points, and Brazil beat the United States in four sets to stop the Americans from winning their first Olympic gold medal in womenís volleyball.

Brazil became the third team to repeat as gold medalist. The Soviet Union won in 1968 and 1972, while Cuba won three in a row starting with the 1992 Barcelona Games.

American star Destinee Hooker was held to 14 points.


Bantamweight Luke Campbell won Britainís first Olympic boxing gold medal in his division since 1908, dramatically knocking down rival John Joe Nevin of Ireland midway through the third round of a 14-11 victory.

Chinaís Zou Shiming, light welterweight Roniel Iglesias, middleweight Ryota Murata and Ukrainian heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk also won their divisions.

Shiming defended his light flyweight gold medal from Beijing with a 13-10 victory over Thailandís Kaeo Pongprayoon, who angrily protested the result.

Iglesias beat Ukraineís Denys Berinchyk 22-15 for Cubaís first boxing gold in London after failing to win gold in Beijing.

Murata narrowly won the second boxing gold in Japanís Olympic history, beating Brazilís Esquiva Falcao 14-13 on the strength of a two-point holding penalty against Falcao in the final round.

Usyk capped the night with a 14-11 gold-medal victory over Clemente Russo of Italy, celebrating with a nimble Cossack dance in the center of the ring.


Tamara Echegoyen, Angela Pumariega and Sofia Toro of Spain won the Olympic gold medal in womenís match racing, thanks in part to a boat-handling error by Australia that swept its skipper into the water.

With the best-of-five match tied at one, the boats were sailing nearly side-by-side downwind in the third race in big waves on Weymouth Bay when the Australian crew lost control and its boat rolled on its side. Skipper Olivia Price was swept out of the back of the boat, and her crew had to pick her up before continuing.

Spain won that race by 1 minute, 1 second, but the 20-year-old Price and her crew won the fourth race to force a deciding match.

In another mistake, Price was assessed a penalty in Race 5 for a right-of-way violation, and Spain sailed ahead to win the gold, leaving the Aussies with the silver.

Canoe Sprint

Britainís Ed McKeever won the menís 200-meter kayak sprint in its Olympic debut, living up to his billing as ďUsain Bolt on Water.Ē

McKeever powered his way to victory in 36.246 seconds in front of British Prime Minister David Cameron. Spainís Saul Craviotto Rivero was second, and Canadaís Mark de Jonge beat Franceís Maxim Beaumont to bronze.

Ukraineís Yuri Cheban (menís singles 200-meter canoe sprint) and New Zealandís Lisa Carrington (womenís singles 200-meter kayak sprint) also won gold. Yury Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko of Russia took the menís 200 kayak sprint.

Freestyle Wrestling

Artur Taymazov of Uzbekistan won his third consecutive Olympic wrestling gold in the menís 120-kilogram division, beating Georgiaís Davit Modzmanashvili in the final.

Taymazov joins Alexander Medved of the former Soviet Union and Russian great Alexander Karelin as the only male wrestlers to win gold medals in three consecutive games.

Azerbaijan won two titles, with Sharif Sharifov grabbing the gold in menís 84-kg freestyle and Toghrul Asgarov taking the menís 60-kg freestyle.

American Coleman Scott won a bronze medal in the 60-kg competition.

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