Thursday at the Games

Water polo

The Netherlands against the United States and, you guessed it, more heartbreak for the Americans.

Danielle de Bruijn scored seven goals in her final Olympic game, including the game-winner with 26 seconds remaining for a 9-8 victory in the gold-medal match. The Americans came back from a 4-0 deficit but couldn't stop De Bruijn.

"I face a knee surgery, and after that, I am retiring from international competition," she said. "It has been tough years, and now I think I will do other things in my life besides water polo."

Women's basketball

Diana Taurasi scored 21 points and Tina Thompson added 15 to help the U.S. women pull away from Russia 67-52 to take the gold medal game against Australia, which routed China 90-56.

"We were ready for this test, and it was a test," U.S. point guard Sue Bird said. "They played a great game. Even when we weren't making our shots, they seemed to be making everything. We never got rattled. We stayed poised and our defense really led us through this."

The U.S. had been averaging 99.2 points as they cruised through the first six games, winning by 43 points a contest.

Belinda Snell had 16 points to help the Aussies, sending them back to the gold-medal game for the third straight time — and to yet another matchup with the United States. They have lost to the Americans in the medal round of the past three Olympics.


American Mark Lopez came within one kick — and one second — of winning gold.

South Korea, which has never failed to get at least a bronze in its native martial art, took the two taekwondo golds on the second day of competition, with Son Tae-jin scoring in the final second to send Lopez home to Texas with a silver.

But there is some consolation. Lopez's kid sister, Diana, got a bronze. And his big brother and two-time Olympic champion Steven still has a shot at the gold.

Son beat Mark Lopez in the men's 68-kilogram taekwondo competition.

"He threw a kick and I threw a kick and in my humble opinion I thought it should have been 1-1," Lopez said. "But I respect the judges' decision in giving him a point and not me. ... It's a subjective sport."

Lim Su-jeong beat Turkey's Azize Tanrikulu in the women's 57 kg.

Table tennis

The United States had its best showing ever in table tennis — thanks to a veteran of the Chinese national team who became an American citizen two years ago.

Wang Chen advanced to the quarterfinals by beating South Korea's Kim Kyung-ah. She then lost to Singapore's Li Jia Wei.

China's dominance over its national sport continues, with all six of its singles players advancing.

Top-ranked Zhang Yining of China beat Feng Tianwei of Singapore, China's Wang Nan defeated Hong Kong's Tie Yana and Guo Yue beat Wu Xue of the Dominican Republic in women's quarterfinals.

Wu also made history by reaching the quarterfinals, the best result ever for the Dominican Republic.

In men's singles, Wang Hao, Wang Liqin and Ma Lin all won easily and advanced. The top threats to the Chinese, world No. 5 Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus and No. 6 Timo Boll of Germany, were eliminated during the round of 16 on Thursday night.


China is 7-for-7 after Chen Ruolin rallied on her last dive to earn four 10s, winning the gold medal in women's 10-meter platform. Only one diving event remains: men's platform.

The 15-year-old Chen got out of the pool, bowed and cried after she had nailed her last — and toughest — dive to beat Canada's Emilie Heymans.

"When I entered the water, I had a feeling that I was going to win," Chen said through a translator.

Chen totaled 447.70 points off the high board. China had not won the women's event since 1996.

Olympic Utahns

Women's volleyball

Logan Tom and the United States guaranteed themselves a medal by advancing to Saturday's gold-medal match after sweeping Cuba in three sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17. Tom finished with seven kills, three blocks and a service ace for the U.S., which will play Brazil for the gold.

Today at the Games

Olympic Utahns


The Salt Lake Bees' infielder/designated hitter Matt Brown and pitcher Kevin Jepsen join the United States for its semifinal game against Cuba. The winner moves on to Saturday's gold-medal game against the winner of the Korea-Japan semifinal, with the two semifinal losers playing for the bronze.

Men's basketball

Talk about a deja vu matchup in the semifinals for Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams and the United States. The Americans face defending champion Argentina, which upset the United States in the '04 Athens Games. In the other semifinal, Lithuania plays Spain, with the two winners and two losers moving on to Sunday's gold- and bronze-medal games.

Men's volleyball

Former BYU standouts Rich Lambourne, Ryan Millar and the rest of United States team face Russia in one of two semifinals, with the other pitting Brazil and Italy. The semifinal winners are guaranteed medals and advance to Sunday's gold-medal match; the losers square off Sunday for the bronze.

Olympic TV


12 A.M.-10 A.M.

Men's Water Polo: Semifinal (LIVE)

(Other coverage)

Track & Field - Men's 50k Walk; Women's Table Tennis - Singles Semifinal; Men's Table Tennis Quarterfinals; Canoeing Gold Medal Finals


3 A.M.-3 P.M.

Baseball Semifinal; Men's Volleyball Semifinal; Women's Field Hockey Bronze Medal Game; Women's Modern Pentathlon; Women's Mountain Bike; Men's Handball Semifinal


10 A.M.-1 P.M.

Men's Basketball Semifinal: USA vs. Argentina, 10:15 a.m. (LIVE)

(Other coverage)

Canoeing - Gold Medal Finals; Women's Table Tennis - Gold Medal Final


3 P.M.-6 P.M.

Boxing: 48kg/54kg/60kg/69kg/81kg/91kg-plus Semifinals


7 P.M.-11 P.M.

Men's Diving: Platform Semifinal (LIVE)

(Other coverage)

Track & Field - Gold Medal Finals: Men's 4x100-meter Relay, Men's Pole Vault, Women's 4x100-meter Relay, Women's Long Jump, Women's 5000-meter, Men's Decathlon 1500-meter; Gymnastics - Rhythmic Competition


10 P.M.-12 A.M.

Men's Soccer Gold Medal Game: Nigeria vs. Argentina (LIVE)


11:30 P.M.-1 A.M.

Women's Volleyball: Bronze Medal Match (LIVE)

(Other coverage)

Men's Table Tennis - Singles Semifinals; Synchronized Swimming Team Competition

(Early Saturday coverage)


12 A.M.-8 A.M.

Women's Handball Gold Medal Game: Norway vs. Russia, 1:45 a.m. (LIVE)

Baseball: Gold Medal Game, 4 a.m. (LIVE)