Saturday, May 26, 2018
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London Olympics: Clearwater's Paige Railey finishes eighth in sailing's Laser Radial; Brandon's Chris Colwill makes semis in 3M diving.

no medal for douglas in uneven bars final

Gabby Douglas left the gymnastics venue without a medal for the first time at these Games, finishing last in the uneven bars in the individual event finals. Though her aerodynamic bars routines had earned the all-around and U.S. team gold medalist her "Flying Squirrel" nickname, a medal was always a long shot. Winner Aliya Mustafina of Russia, silver medalist He Kexin of China and bronze medalist Beth Tweddle of Britain have far more difficult routines. Plus, "you get toward the end of the Olympics and you get kind of drained," Douglas said. In the men's vault, American Sam Mikulak finished fifth. South Korea's Yang Hak-seon added gold to his world title.

brandon's colwill makes 3m semifinal

Brandon's Chris Colwill advanced to today's semifinal of the men's 3-meter diving competition, finishing seventh in the preliminaries. The top 18 divers moved on to the semifinals, with the top 12 making the final later today. American Troy Dumais was third in a competition marred by pratfalls. Two divers scored all zeros, and two others got low scores for badly botching their dives. Even China made a rare mistake. Ilya Zakharov of Russia topped the prelims. Zakharov earlier won silver medal in synchronized 3-meter with partner Evgeny Kuznetsov and was the silver medalist in the individual event at last year's world championships.

clearwater's railey eighth in laser radial

Clearwater's Paige Railey finished sixth in the Laser Radial medal race off Weymouth and ended up eighth overall at her first Olympics. "I saw an improvement on things, and I'm happy," Railey told USA Sailing. Railey said she struggled with her downwind speed throughout the competition. "We tried to take one race at a time. When it started going wrong, I had to focus on what was going well," she said. China's Xu Lijia won the gold. She took bronze in 2008. "I want to take this experience back to China so more can experience the beauty of this sailing," Xu said.

two medals guaranteed for u.s.

A U.S. boxing program struggling in recent Games received a double infusion of success when flyweight Marlen Esparza and middleweight Claressa Shields won quarterfinal matches and assured the Americans of at least two bronzes in the inaugural women's competition. The event was limited to 12 fighters in each weight division, and each U.S. boxer drew a bye into the quarterfinals, putting each a victory away from a medal. Esparza, 23, beat Venezuelan Karlha Magliocco 24-16. "It took me like 50 fights to get where I am, so it doesn't seem like an easy route to a medal to me," Esparza said. Shields, 17, beat Sweden's Anna Laurell, 32, 18-14.

More Sports

• The U.S. men's basketball team turned a one-point game into a blowout with a 42-point third quarter, beating Argentina 126-97. Kevin Durant scored 17 of his 28 points in the third.

• The defending champion U.S. men's volleyball team clinched a top seed in the knockout round with a three-set win over Tunisia. It was coming off a loss to Russia, that ended an 11-match winning streak in Olympic play dating to the Americans' undefeated march to the 2008 gold.

• American Matt Emmons got bronze in the 50-meter three-position rifle event.

• Americans Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal were knocked out in the beach volleyball quarterfinals.

a win with 'extra spunk'

F or the first time before a big meet, Jenn Suhr heard a positive message from her husband, Rick, who's also her coach. "He said, 'You're going to win this,' " Suhr said. "I've competed 100 times, and that's not something he says. It puts that extra spunk that I could do this. Someone else believes in me that much." Suhr vaulted 15 feet, 7 inches Monday to defeat Cuba's Yarisley Silva, who cleared the same height but lost on a tiebreaker because she had one more miss in the competition. Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva failed to become the first woman to win the same individual track and field event at three consecutive Olympics. She settled for bronze with a vault of 15-5. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Angelo Taylor staggered to the finish in the 400-meter hurdles for fifth place in a race won by Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic. American Michael Tinsley took silver. Former Gator Kerron Clement, the 2008 silver medalist, finished last. With no American men in the 400 final for the first time, 19-year-old Kirani James gave Grenada its first Olympic medal. "This is a huge step … going out there and putting us on the map," he said. The government declared this afternoon a holiday. It was the first time since the U.S-boycotted 1980 Games that someone other than an American won. Defending champion LaShawn Merritt pulled up with a hurt hamstring in the first round.

     
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