Olympic sports highlights: Day 15
Jorgensen gives U.S. first Olympic gold
As she wobbled along on a flat tire four years ago, Gwen Jorgensen promised to turn that heartbreak into a conquering of Copacabana Beach at the Rio Games. She crushed the course and the competition Saturday, giving the United States its first triathlon gold medal by cruising across the finish line in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 16 seconds. That was 40 seconds ahead of silver medalist Nicola Spirig of Switzerland, who won gold at the 2012 Games after Jorgensen's flat tire relegated her to a 38th-place finish. Britain's Vicky Holland got bronze. "I've been pretty vocal about my goal for the past four years," Jorgensen said. "Just thinking about all the investments (her husband, Patrick, and others) put into me and thinking about the four years, it all came down to one day. And to be able to actually execute on that day is pretty amazing."
Neymar delivers Brazil its Olympic holy grail
With a kiss of the ball and an unforgettable kick, Brazil's biggest soccer star gave the Olympic host its biggest moment of the Games. Brazil won its first Olympic gold medal in soccer with a dramatic penalty kick by Neymar to defeat Germany, sending the nation into a frenzy after a 1-1 (5-4 shootout) victory. Before the decisive shot, Neymar picked up the ball and kissed it, then placed it on the penalty spot. With a stutter step and a smooth kick, he calmly sent a shot into the top corner and fell to his knees before being mobbed by his teammates. "That's it," Neymar said. "We made history." It was a victory that was about more than soccer for a nation that desperately needed something to celebrate. Brazil had been battered by recession, political scandal, health scares over polluted water and the Zika virus and questions over whether it could pull off hosting the Olympics.
Gold is first victory
of year for Park
Inbee Park's first victory of the season might just be the biggest of her career, a gold medal in women's golf. Park made three straight birdies early in the final round to build a big lead, never let anyone closer than three shots the rest of the way and closed with 5-under 66 for a five-shot victory at 16-under 268. Lydia Ko of New Zealand didn't stand a chance, and neither did anyone else. "This is definitely one of the special moments in my golfing career and in my whole life," Park said. "It feels great. It's just really all I've wanted." Ko, the No. 1 player in women's golf who started the final round two shots behind Park, claimed the silver after shooting 69. Shanshan Feng of China shot 69 and took the bronze at 10 under. Stacy Lewis (66) was the top American, fourth in a group of three at 9 under. Gerina Piller (74) was 6 under and Lexi Thompson (66) 3 under.
Boxing silver leads the day
Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez won a split-decision victory over American Shakur Stevenson in the bantamweight boxing final, denying the United States its first men's gold medal in the sport since 2004. Stevenson was inconsolable after the loss. "He's just turned 19, and he's never been beaten," coach Billy Walsh said. "This is new territory to him." The silver medal for Stevenson is the highest Olympic prize won by a U.S. male boxer since 2004, when Andre Ward captured the light-heavyweight title. "Much respect to Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez, who did what he had to do," Stevenson said once his tears ran dry. "I took my loss. I feel like I let a lot of people down. I'm disappointed in myself. I'm crushed. But I'm going to come back stronger than ever." … The U.S. women's volleyball team captured the bronze medal with a 25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 25-19 win over the Netherlands. … American David Boudia, the 2012 gold medalist in men's platform diving, got bronze this time, finishing behind China's Chen Aisen and German Sanchez of Mexico. … J'den Cox, a two-time NCAA champion at Missouri, took bronze in freestyle wrestling's 86 kilograms when Cuba's Reineris Salas Perez refused to wrestle the final 6 seconds of their bout after a series of challenges. The medal was the United States' first in freestyle wrestling at these Games. … Jackie Galloway won a bronze medal in taekwondo, becoming the second woman to win a medal in the women's +67 kilogram weight class for the United States. She beat France's Gwladys Epangue.
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