Water polo (W) final day - USA captures elusive Olympic gold medal; Spain takes silver, Australia earns bronze
The USA played their fourth Olympic water polo tournament before achieving their highest reward, an Olympic gold medal. Two USA players, Brenda Villa and Heather Petri now have four medals, one from each women's tournament since competition was inaugurated in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Spain achieved its historic triumph, the silver medal, in their first time in the Olympic tournament. Australia leaves London with a bronze medal, the only other nation to compete for an Olympic medal in each of the last four Olympic Games. Australia defeated the USA in the first tournament in the Sydney 2000 Games, and collected a bronze four years ago in Beijing. The Australian team finished fourth in 2004 Athens Olympics. The complete ranking of the 2012 Water Polo Women's Tournament also includes: 4. Hungary; 5. China; 6. Russia; 7. Italy; 8. Great Britain
Marathon Swimming (W): Eva Risztov (HUN): tired of the pool, successful in open water!
Eva Risztov, a veteran of pool swimming at two Olympic Games, an athlete who retired from swimming eight years ago, found that she had the golden touch in The Serpentine in Hyde Park today. The 26 year old Hungarian survived a strong challenge from USA's Haley Anderson to collect Hungary's second gold medal in swimming as these Olympic Games. Risztov completed the women's 10km marathon in 1:57.38.2, just .4 of a second ahead of the American swimmer. This is the second edition of the 10km swim marathon. Larissa Ilchenko (RUS) was the winner of the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing.
Risztov and Anderson swam the Olympic 10km qualifier in Setubal, Portugal in early June where both swimmers gained their entry into the London Olympics. That result was won by Anderson by a margin of 1.4 seconds. The pair beat all of the top ten athletes who automatically qualified from last year's world championships in this event. The 2011 FINA 10km silver medallist, Italy's Martina Grimaldi finished 3.6 seconds behind the winner to collect the bronze medal. Grimaldi earned the only swimming medal for Italy in the 2012 Olympic Games.The 10km marathon was a heartbreak for the 2008 Olympic swimming silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne of Great Britain who was just .4 of a second outside of the medals. Payne was also the world champion in this event from last year in Shanghai. She was the reason that thousands of spectators had turned up in Hyde Park hoping to see her "trade up" the Beijing silver for a shinier medal at the home games.
Diving day 7 - Chen (CHN) revalidates 10m title; Australia shines with new star
The seventh final of the diving programme at these Games, the women's 10m platform, was not very thrilling in terms of the gold medal outcome but was amazingly interesting if we consider the minor medals. 2008 Olympic and 2011 world champion Ruolin Chen (CHN) calmly displayed her supremacy during the decisive stage of the competition, capturing gold with a total 422.30. This Chinese success came after a hiccup in the men's 3m springboard, where Russia's Ilya Zakharov earned the only non-Chinese gold so far in the diving competition (the last event on the programme being the men's 10m platform – final to be held on August 11). Chen reconfirmed the Chinese pride in this discipline, delivering a flawless programme, which allowed her to dominate the final from the very first dive. It is the fourth Olympic gold for Chen, after her 2008 and 2012 successes (in the individual and synchro 10m platform).
"I feel honoured to win one more gold medal for the Chinese team. I just hope China can get more gold! The more, the better. I still don't know how I'll celebrate this!" said a delighted Chen. Asked about what she has seen during these Games, she confessed: "While competing, I don't pay any attention to what others are doing, but before the diving events I watched the performances of Sun Yang in the pool and I loved it!"
Water polo (M) day 6 - Balkan powerhouses and Italy together in the men's semi-finals
Four nations each bordering the Adriatic Sea will play for Olympic medals in the semi-final round of the men's 2012 London Olympic water polo tournament. In today's biggest upset, Italy defeated Hungary, the 2008 Olympic champions to earn their spot in the next round. Italy's opponent is Serbia which had a closer than expected victory over Australia today. Croatia easily dismantled the USA, the 2008 Olympic silver medallists, to secure their spot in Friday's semi-final round. Serbia's opponent is Montenegro, which faced down a challenge by Spain earlier today, winning 11-9.
The losers of today's games will meet in the classification round to play for places 5th through 8th. The USA will face Spain on Friday and the other match up will include Hungary and Australia.
Water polo (W) day 5 - Newcomer Spain to meet experienced USA in battle for first Olympic gold medal
Spain and the USA will meet on Thursday to challenge for the gold medal at the London 2012 women's Olympic tournament. These two teams tied at 9-9 when they met last week in the preliminary round. Spain is making its first appearance in the women's Olympic tournament whereas it's the fourth consecutive appearance for the USA in the medal round and the third time the USA is playing for the gold medal, something that has eluded the team.
USA veterans Brenda Villa (USA) and Heather Petri (USA) will enter the record books as four time Olympic medallists on Thursday. The US veteran players are seeking their first Olympic gold medal to go with two silver and one bronze medals they already own. The USA was second to Australia in Sydney 2000 and silver medallists again in Beijing 2008 losing to the Netherlands, 8-9.
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