* U.S. women win scurry relay, mangle East German world
* Ethiopian Defar upstages compatriot Dibaba in women’s
* Bahamas run down U.S. to win men’s 4x400m
* Three golds for former drug offenders; dual runners
(Recasts with women’s relay, 5,000, 1,500 and men’s 4×400)
LONDON, Aug 10 (Reuters) – America’s women left their great
Jamaican rivals trailing to charge to gold in a Olympic sprint
relay on Friday, regulating a ideal foe to pound one of the
oldest universe annals in a book.
On a thespian night on a track, Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar
surged to feat in a women’s 5,000 metres to repudiate her
compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba a ancestral second double of Olympic
And a Bahamas, china medallists 4 years ago, ran down
a enervated U.S. party in a home loyal for bullion in the
4x400m, denying a Americans an eighth unbroken Olympic
On a day when former drugs offenders won bullion in a women’s
1,500m and produce chuck and a men’s 10km swim, there was news
of dual new doping suspensions in stretch running.
Elsewhere, a Netherlands won a women’s hockey
tournament, Australia asserted their prevalence in sailing, and
Olympic minnows Colombia and Latvia won golds in BMX cycling.
The U.S. reigning Olympic basketball champions, featuring
LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, set adult a repeat of their 2008
final opposite Spain by brushing aside Argentina 109-83. Spain
beat Russia 67-59.
The penultimate day of lane and margin foe in London
brought high play in a relays.
Bungled handovers had denied a American women 4x100m gold
at a final 3 Games, though Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix,
Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter sum slickly to run 40.82
seconds, violence East Germany’s 1985 universe symbol by some-more than
half a second.
Jamaica finished second in a inhabitant record, usually 0.04
seconds outward a aged universe record of 41.37.
Jamaica and a United States have forged adult all a sprint
golds between them so distant in London, and Jamaica‘s 100m bronze
medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown praised her rivals.
“I feel females don’t get as most honour as their male
counterparts. We need to get some-more annals … The outcome was
phenomenal,” she said.
In a women’s 5,000, Dibaba was incompetent to imitate the
scintillating final path that won her a 10,000m a week ago.
Having unsuccessful to shake off her categorical rivals, a “baby-faced
destroyer”, leader of a 5,000 and 10,000 in Beijing, faded at
the finish to be outsprinted by Defar, a 2004 champion, and
Kenyan universe champion Vivian Cheruiyot.
Asli Cakir Alptekin, who served a two-year doping anathema from
2004 to 2006, won Turkey’s initial ever entertainment bullion in the
1,500, heading a margin in a attack final path after a
painfully delayed initial 1,200m.
Russia’s Tatyana Lysenko, who watched a 2008 Olympics on
television while portion a two-year doping ban, won a women’s
Mathew Kisorio of Kenya, a world’s good middle- and
long-distance energy alongside Ethiopia, was reliable to have
tested certain for a criminialized piece in June.
Kisorio told German radio that blood-doping and steroid
use were widespread in Kenya, though officials discharged the
allegation while acknowledging that there had been other cases.
“We don’t fun with doping matters. This year alone, we have
banned 4 athletes,” pronounced David Okeyo, secretary ubiquitous of
French 5,000m curtain Hassan Hirt unsuccessful a exam for the
banned blood-booster EPO (erythropoietin) before to competing in
London, a source with approach believe of a matter said.
France’s 3,000m steeplechaser Nour-Eddine Gezzar had also
been dangling for regulating EPO in a run-up to a Games.
Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli, who served an 18-month anathema in
2006-2007 for regulating criminialized stimulants, won a men’s swimming
marathon by a Serpentine lake in Hyde Park to turn the
first swimmer to get medals in a pool and open water.
Earlier in a week, Victor Conte, convicted owners of a
now-defunct laboratory during a centre of a tellurian steroid
scandal, pronounced it was easy to lie during a Olympics by using
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) discharged his
comments as being “like a poacher criticising a gamekeeper”.
France’s European champion Renaud Lavillenie constructed an
Olympic record burst of 5.97m to win gold in a men’s pole
vault, after Australia‘s fortifying champion Steve Hooker went
out of a foe early on.
But there was improved news for Australia in sailing, where
they are set to finish as a heading country. They won their
third bullion in a men’s 470 class, and demeanour all set to win
another in a women’s Elliott 6-metre keelboat on Saturday.
In hockey, a Netherlands kick universe champions Argentina
2-0 in a women’s final – and will go for a double when their
men play Germany in what could be a classical final on Saturday.
Mariana Pajon, Colombia’s dwindle dispatcher during a opening
ceremony, won her country’s initial bullion award of a Games when
she thundered to feat in a BMX cycling, where competitors
race over bumps and around banked corners.
Latvia’s Maris Strombergs, who cried when he initial saw a BMX
race during a age of five, remained a usually men’s Olympic
champion in a fortify when he defended his title.
In handball, three-time men’s china medallists Sweden gave
themselves a possibility of a initial Olympic bullion by violence Hungary.
In a final they will accommodate France, a pretension holders, who
beat twice winners Croatia in their semi-final.
The United States stood atop a altogether medals list with
41 golds to China’s 37.
The dual have been neck-and-neck via London 2012 in
the foe for Olympic bragging rights. Whoever wins, a home
nation will positively be celebrating their best medals haul
since 1908, when London initial hosted a Games.
Britain’s 25 golds puts them behind China in third place and
easily surpassed their 2008 sum of 19.
That golden heat has helped fuel a recognition of a Games
among a open that has packaged many venues and carried athletes
with noisy cheers.
IOC President Jacques Rogge gave a London Games a lavish
endorsement, revelation a city’s Evening Standard newspaper: “The
superlatives combined here in London will live on prolonged after the
cauldron is finally extinguished.
“In a loyal suggestion of Britain, outrageous crowds have cheered on
not only their athletes though those of a world, and sent an echo
that resonates in each home opposite a globe,” he added.
Before a rod is upheld to Rio de Janeiro, that hosts
the initial South American Olympics in 2016, a universe will
witness a shutting rite celebrating British music, with the
Spice Girls, The Who and Brian May among those set to perform.
(Reporting by a Reuters Olympic team; Editing by Michael
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