Olympic roundup: U.S. tops medal count with 104, 46 gold

By Jay Cohen

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Aug. 12 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

The group event involves five gymnasts using two sets of apparatuses — five balls, and three ribbons and two hoops — in routines designed to showcase unison, flexibility and artistic skill.

CYCLING (MOUNTAIN BIKE): World champion Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic won a two-man sprint to take the gold medal in the men's mountain bike race.

Kulhavy made the most of a final steep ascent on the technical circuit in the English countryside to move ahead of Nino Schurter of Switzerland and then sprinted to the line.

Schurter won the silver medal and Marco Aurelio Fontana of Italy took bronze.

Kulhavy, whose sole objective this season was the Olympic gold, put his hands on his head as if he couldn't believe he won. He then tied a Czech flag around his neck like a cape while Schurter, a bronze medalist in Beijing four years ago, collapsed to the ground in exhaustion.

ELSEWHERE IN LONDON: France won its second consecutive Olympic gold medal in men's handball with a 22-21 win over Sweden. ... Croatia won its first Olympic gold in men's water polo, pulling away from Italy for an 8-6 win. The U.S. lost 10-9 to Australia to drop to eighth place. ... Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu topped the men's 66-kilogram freestyle wrestling division, beating Sushil Kumar of India to give the Japanese their first Olympic title in the sport in 24 years. ... Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania captured the women's modern pentathlon. Samantha Murray of Britain was second and Brazil's Yane Marques won the bronze.

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