Track and field
BEIJING (AP) Sanya Richards clutched this medal, stared at it, smiled at it. A few feet away, Allyson Felix did the same.
These weren't their first prizes of the 2008 Olympics.
But these were the medals the Americans wanted.
Gold. Elusive gold.
Producing precisely the type of superb runs they couldn't muster in their individual events, Felix and Richards helped deliver one of two U.S. victories in the 1,600-meter relays Saturday night, allowing a team that failed to live up to its own expectations a chance to celebrate.
"We had ups and we had downs. Just wanted to end on a high moment," said Felix, who ran a strong second leg before anchor Richards had to overtake Russia's Anastasia Kapachinskaya down the stretch. "It doesn't make up for it, but it's a start to the healing process."
Entering the final track and field event, the men's marathon Sunday, the U.S. leads with 23 medals at the Bird's Nest, five more than Russia, and seven golds, one ahead of Russia and Jamaica.
The Chinese divers came close, but they couldn't match Michael Phelps' feat of going 8-for-8 at the Water Cube.
With seven down, all they needed was the men's 10-meter platform. But Matthew Mitcham of Australia earned four perfect 10s on his last dive to send this title Down Under for the first time. Zhou Luxin earned the silver for China.
BEIJING (AP) Samuel Wanjiru already had made a name for himself in the heady world of Kenyan distance running. Now he's made history.
He pulled away over the final few miles Sunday to become the first Kenyan to win an Olympic marathon and he did it faster than anyone ever has.
Wanjiru negotiated the 26.2-mile course through the Beijing streets in bright morning sunshine in an Olympic record of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 32 seconds.
"In Kenya we have many medals," Wanjiru said, "but I'm glad I have this one."
In temperatures that topped 107 degrees, Angel di Maria scored off a pass from Lionel Messi in the 58th minute, helping Argentina defeat Nigeria 1-0 and win its second straight Olympic soccer title.
"This group deserved this," Messi said. "We knew coming in that we may never have this experience again, so we are lucky that everything went well and we got what we wanted."
Di Maria's strike was a goal to lift a game in which play obviously was affected by the searing temperatures. The referee took the rare step of twice allowing players to stop and take drinks.
Ryan Millar, Rich Lambourne and the rest of the United States squad take on Brazil in a men's gold-medal pairing identical to the women's final match the night before. The Americans are guaranteed at least a silver medal their first medal of any make since a bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Games.
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Matt Brown hit a three-run homer to tie the game at 4-all and then started a four-run rally with a double to break open the United States' 8-4 victory over Japan in the bronze-medal game. Brown's Bees teammate and pitcher Kevin Jepsen earned the save by shutting down the Japanese in the eighth and ninth innings.
Logan Tom led the United States with 16 points on a team-high 15 kills and a service ace, but the American women had to settle for the silver medal in the four-set loss to Brazil in the gold-medal match. It's the first U.S. women's volleyball medal in 16 years and their first gold-medal match appearance since the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
Making for a threesome of Utah Jazz ties in the gold-medal championship game, Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer will join their United States teammates in facing ex-Jazz guard Raul Lopez and Spain in the Beijing tournament finale. The U.S. defeated Spain by 37 points last weekend.