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London Olympics: Former Gator Will Claye gets bronze in long jump; Clearwater sailor Paige Railey makes Laser Radial medal race

an anniversary present

S helly-Ann Fraser-Pryce made it back-to-back titles in the women's 100 meters Saturday, closing ground over the last 20 and leaning at the line to win in 10.75 seconds, edging American Carmelita Jeter by 0.03. The Jamaican became the first woman to repeat since American Gail Devers in 1992 and '96. This weekend marks 50 years since Jamaica became independent from Britain. "I want to tell Jamaica: Happy 50th anniversary," Fraser-Pryce said. Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown finished third for her second 100 bronze. American Allyson Felix was fifth in a race in which six women ran under 11 seconds, a record in an Olympic final. The old record was five (1988, ’92). Britain's Jessica Ennis finished out her heptathlon victory by winning the 800 to total 6,955 points, 306 ahead of Germany's Lilli Schwarzkopf. About 20 minutes later, Britain's Greg Rutherford won the long jump, his first medal in a major international meet, with a leap of 27 feet, 31/4 inches. Former Gator Will Claye got bronze (26-73/4). About 20 minutes after that, Mo Farah — born in Somalia, training in Portland, Ore., competing for Britain — sprinted to the finish in the 10,000 meters for a win over his American training partner, Galen Rupp. Rupp is the first U.S. man to medal in the event since Billy Mills in 1964. In the men's 400 heats, 2008 U.S. gold medalist LaShawn Merritt pulled up with a bad hamstring and is out.

u.s. gets tested against lithuania

The U.S. men's basketball team is still unbeaten but no longer untested. Pushed to the max by a fearless Lithuanian team smelling a world-shaking upset, LeBron James stepped up in the closing minutes to lead the Americans to a 99-94 win. "It was like LeBron said, 'I got this, I'm doing this,' " U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said. James, in his third Olympics, scored nine of his 20 points in the final four minutes. The United States trailed by two points with less than six minutes to play before using a 15-4 run to put away Lithuania. "You want to get tested," James said. "The best teams want to be tested. … We had that today."

clearwater's paige railey makes medal race

Clearwater sailor Paige Railey made the medal race in Laser Radial with finishes in the final two races of ninth and eighth to sit ninth overall. The top 10 made the Monday medals race off Weymouth. Because of her point total, she can't medal, but she is still looking forward to the race. "I am going to enjoy sailing and try my hardest," she told USA Sailing. "I'm out there sailing with my American flag representing my country. It's great to be out there and say, 'Here I am sailing for all of you.' '' In women's match racing, Anna Tunnicliffe of Plantation, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi won their two final round-robin matches and made the quarterfinals.

serena, bryans complete two golden slams

Serena Williams became the fourth player to complete a "Golden Slam" by winning singles gold at Wimbledon, crushing Russia's Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1, in 63 minutes. Williams joins Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf and Rafael Nadal as the only players to win all four of the sport's majors and the gold medal in singles. "I honestly don't think I have ever played better from start to finish," Williams said of this tournament. Brothers Bob and Mike Bryan followed her by completing a career Golden Slam in doubles, beating France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra 6-4, 7-6 (7-2). "There's no bigger match we'd rather win than this one," Bob said.

four years of work pays off

For Jamie Lynn Gray, four years of anguish was washed away. Gray gave the United States its third shooting gold of the Games, winning the women's 50-meter three-position rifle. She saw bronze medals slip away twice in 2008, getting fourth in air rifle and fifth in three-position. That day she saw what looked like at least a bronze in three-position get away on a last-shot mistake. "I've worked on taking that last shot for four years."

other sports

• The United States edged Russia 31-30 in extra time to take bronze in team epee for its first fencing medal in London. After six medals in 2008, the United States was empty-handed going into the event's last day. China won the gold over South Korea, whose silver meant a medal for Shin A-lam, who wept on the competition strip Monday after losing a disputed decision in the individual competition. "I felt like crying again on the podium," she said.

• Britain's women's pursuit team delivered the home nation its fourth gold in five track cycling events, setting a world record in beating the United States in the final.

London Olympics: Former Gator Will Claye gets bronze in long jump; Clearwater sailor Paige Railey makes Laser Radial medal race 08/04/12 [Last modified: Saturday, August 4, 2012 11:01pm]
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