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London Olympics: St. Petersburg native Mark Mendelblatt, crew Brian Fatih finish seventh in sailing's Star; silver slips from grasp of two gymnasts

gold turns to silver for two

M cKayla Maroney didn't need to look at the scoreboard. Neither did Louis Smith. The gold medals they were expected to win were going to others. "It happens. It's gymnastics," Maroney said. "You can't be perfect, and sometimes things don't go as you planned." Maroney wound up with a silver on vault after a rare fall Sunday, and Smith was on the wrong end of tiebreak rules for a second straight Olympics. Despite Smith and Krisztian Berki finishing with the same score on pommel horse, Berki got the gold and Smith the silver because the Hungarian's execution mark was better. In 2008, a tiebreak gave Britain's Smith a bronze on horse. Maroney, the defending world champ on vault, was considered pretty much a lock for the gold. No one in the world comes close to her execution, but on her second of two vaults, her feet slid out from under her as she landed, and she fell to the mat with a loud "plop!" The American looked shell-shocked as Romania's Sandra Izbasa did two impressive vaults to claim the gold. China's Zou Kai defended his floor exercise title.

proud day for mangold family

More than a dozen members of American Holley Mangold's family watched her finish 10th in weightlifting's superheavyweight event, including her brother Nick, a center for the New York Jets. "The fact that she has only been doing this for a handful of years and here she is … at the Olympics competing, I think that's fantastic," said Nick, who left training camp to see his sister. Holley, 22, hurt her right wrist in the snatch portion; she said she thought she retore a tendon. Then the back of her uniform ripped. Her combined total in the snatch and the clean and jerk was about 529 pounds, 30 pounds below her personal best. China's Zhou Lulu won with an Olympic record 735 pounds.

mendelblatt-fatih end up seventh in star

Star sailors Mark Mendelblatt, a St. Petersburg native, and Brian Fatih of Miami finished the medal race in sixth to round out their overall standing to seventh in the racing off Weymouth and Portland. "It's the biggest honor to represent the U.S.," Mendelblatt told USA Sailing. "It's the biggest honor as an athlete. I'm sorry I didn't get a medal. We gave it our all." Sweden's Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen were the surprise gold medalists. In Finn, Britain's Ben Ainslie won his fourth gold medal to become most decorated Olympic sailor in history.

u.s. clinches spot in quarters with big win

The U.S. women's basketball team tied its Olympic scoring mark in a 114-66 rout of China that gave it the top seed in its group for the quarterfinals. Diana Taurasi scored 22 as the Americans matched the 114 they scored against Spain in 1992; they fell well short of the women's Olympic mark of 128 points set by Brazil in 2004. They also set American Olympic records with 33 assists that led to another team milestone of 52 baskets. "We've got a lot of good offensive players," said U.S. coach Geno Auriemma. "When everything is clicking and they're in sync and the ball's moving like it was today, we're a fun team to watch."

women debut in the ring

Women's boxing made its Olympic debut. Russia's Elena Savelyeva beat North Korea's Hye Song Kim 12-9 in the opening bout, which also featured a female referee, Algeria's Kheira Sidi Yakoub. U.S. lightweight Queen Underwood lost a close fight to Britain's Natasha Jonas. The crowd roared for every fighter, clearly enjoying the tight competition and disciplined styles. "I gave away like half my life to this, and this doesn't feel like the reward," said Underwood, who survived years of sexual abuse by her father. "Just being here doesn't feel like enough."

other sports

• China's Wu Minxia won the women's 3-meter for her record-tying sixth career diving medal but first individual gold. Wu, 26, tied retired countrywoman Guo Jingjing as the most decorated divers in Olympic history. Her success came days after a newspaper said her parents had kept the death of her grandparents and her mother's breast cancer from her in order not to distract her preparations for the Games. The win made China 5-for-5 in diving at the Games.

• Two-time gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor beat the Netherlands to advance to the quarterfinals in beach volleyball. The No. 2 U.S. team, Jennifer Kessy and April Ross, also advanced.

London Olympics: St. Petersburg native Mark Mendelblatt, crew Brian Fatih finish seventh in sailing's Star; silver slips from grasp of two gymnasts 08/05/12 [Last modified: Sunday, August 5, 2012 10:40pm]
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