Olympic sports highlights: Day 14
Women give Germany first gold in sport
With her arms raised in victory, coach Silvia Neid ran onto the field to join the celebration of Germany's first gold medal (women or men) in the sport. What a way to go out. Dzsenifer Marozsan scored early in the second half Friday as the German women's team went on to a 2-1 win over Sweden. Neid is stepping down after the Olympics after 11 years as coach. "What I felt was pure joy because I know that was what we had earned and what we have worked so hard for," Neid said. Sweden, which upset the three-time defending champion United States on penalties in the quarterfinals, earned the silver medal for its best finish in the tournament since the sport joined the program in 1996. "I think we actually won the silver medal rather than losing the gold," coach Pia Sundhage said. Germany and Sweden played in the gold-medal match for the first time. Canada defeated Brazil 2-1 for bronze.
A legacy stopped short
American Jordan Burroughs came to the Olympics expecting to build a legacy that could transcend his sport. Instead, the defending Olympic and world champ was left to try to explain the unexplainable. Burroughs was stunned by Russia's Aniuar Geduev 3-2 in the 74-kilogram quarterfinals to knock him out of gold contention. A devastated Burroughs was later routed 11-1 by Uzbekistan's Bekzod Abdurakhmonov in the loser's bracket with a potential bronze on the line. "This was supposed to be my breakthrough performance," said Burroughs as he wiped away tears. "I've done everything right. I've sacrificed so much to get here. … I wanted to be among the greats. … It's unfortunate."
U.S. men to go for gold
Gone was the all-offense, all-action play that turned the previous two men's gold-medal games into classics. To get by Spain again, the United States had to win ugly. "It was just a real different game (Friday)," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. Same result, though. The United States made its third straight gold-medal game with an 82-76 win in another tight matchup between the teams. Klay Thompson scored 22 for the Americans, who play Serbia on Sunday for their third straight gold. Serbia beat Australia 87-61 in the semis. The United States was just good enough again versus Spain as bodies fell more than shots and several technical fouls kept the teams from finding an offensive flow.
Boxing, golf, volleyball
American Claressa Shields is one win away from her second straight boxing gold medal after winning a unanimous decision over Kazakhstan middleweight Dariga Shakimova. Shields faces the Netherlands' Nouchka Fontijn on Sunday for gold. … Round 2 leader Inbee Park shot 1-under 70 to take a two-shot lead at 11-under 202 going into the final round of the women's golf tournament. No. 1-ranked Lydia Ko (65), who had a hole-in-one, and American Gerina Piller (68) were 9 under. … The U.S. men's volleyball team will play for bronze after losing to Italy in the semifinals 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. The Americans were three points from winning in the fourth set.
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