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London Olympics: Paige Railey holds tough on the water; Bradley Wiggins gets Tour de France-gold double

golden moments

B radley Wiggins completed his coronation as one of Britain's top sports figures Wednesday by winning the gold in the men's time trial, 10 days after becoming the first Brit to win the Tour de France. It was his fourth gold and gave him a British record seven medals overall. "I don't think anything is going to top that, winning the Tour and then winning Olympic gold in London," he said. American Kristin Armstrong defended her gold in the women's time trial. "This is an amazing moment," said Armstrong, who had a son in 2010 and broke her collarbone in a May crash.

leyva rebounds to earn all-around bronze

Like pretty much everybody, Danell Leyva thinks Kohei Uchimura is the greatest male gymnast who's ever lived. For now. While the three-time world champion was solidifying his status with the all-around title, all but wrapping up the gold midway through the meet, Leyva, of Homestead, gave a glimpse of what he hopes could be the sport's next great rivalry. Closing with, perhaps, the two most spectacular routines of the night, he rallied after a poor pommel horse routine, his second event of the competition, to land in third place. It was only the second all-around medal for a U.S. man since 1984. "I'm going to keep working to beat him," Leyva said. "I need to perfect me more to beat him." Germany's Marcel Nguyen took silver. American John Orozco was eighth.

clearwater's paige railey holds tough

Another strong day of results for Clearwater's Paige Railey in the Laser Radial resulted in the first-time Olympian's seventh overall place. The conditions off Weymouth took a toll on Railey, who has spent the majority of the past few years training on bay area water. "It was tough," she told USA Sailing. "There was a lot of thinking involved. All I could think about is two good results to move up." With six races completed, the fleet has an off day today, and racing resumes Friday. "I'm moving up slowly; there are still four more races and a medal race," said Railey. "If I keep going like that you never know what can happen."

u.s. adds to medal total in men's 3m synchro

It was probably the best way for Troy Dumais to handle the situation. Coming into his fourth Olympics, still looking for his first medal, the diver decided not to think about winning or losing or even glancing at the scoreboard. "It was about having fun," he said. "About enjoying the moment." This happy-go-lucky attitude translated into a relaxed, confident performance, Dumais teaming with partner Kristian Ipsen to win a bronze medal in synchronized 3-meter diving. The competition was dominated by the favorites, Qin Kai and Luo Yutong, the Chinese duo cruising to a gold medal. Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov of Russia earned the silver.

zagunis stunned in sabre defense

With a third consecutive sabre gold medal in sight, American Mariel Zagunis collapsed to the point she did not even make the medal stand. Zagunis, who carried the flag at the opening ceremony, raced to an early lead in the semifinal against South Korean Kim Jiyeon. At one point in the match to 15 points, Zagunis led 12-5. But Kim ripped off 10 of the next 11 points. "I pretty much handed it to her," Zagunis said. Clearly rattled, she blew a lead in the bronze medal match, too, falling to Ukranian Olga Kharlan 15-10. Kim won gold.

Other sports

Venus Williams squandered a lead in each set Wednesday and lost her third-round match to Angelique Kerber of Germany 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5). Serena Williams hit 12 aces and repeatedly rocketed groundstrokes past Vera Zvonareva to win 6-1, 6-0. Advancing to the quarterfinals on the men's side were Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Andy Murray and Tampa resident John Isner.

Angel McCoughtry scored 18 points and Tina Charles added 16 to help the U.S. women's basketball team beat Turkey 89-58.

London Olympics: Paige Railey holds tough on the water; Bradley Wiggins gets Tour de France-gold double 08/01/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 2, 2012 12:25am]
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