Olympics 2012: Wednesday, Day 5 Results
Two-time defending Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor picked up another win. But another one of their impressive streaks is over.
The Americans lost the first set of their match against Austria 21-17, the first lost set in three Olympics. But they came back to win the second set 21-8 and took the third 15-10 to remain unbeaten in this - and every other - trip to the Olympics.
On the men's side, Americans Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal beat Latvia to bounce back from their only loss of the tournament and advance.
Three American fighters lost to a Cuban world champion and two Russian heavyweight, depleting the U.S. ranks to four remaining men.
Top-seeded bantamweight Lazaro Alvarez of Cuba beat Joseph Diaz Jr. 21-15, and U.S. heavyweight Michael Hunter tired badly in the third round of a narrow loss to Artur Beterbiev before super heavyweight Dominic Breazeale dropped a 19-8 decision to Magomed Omarov.
Iran's Ali Mazaheri left the ring without shaking hands and later cried conspiracy after a German referee disqualified him from his bout with Cuba's Jose Larduet, apparently for an accumulation of holding fouls.
Japan's Satoshi Shimizu then filed a protest after he lost a 22-17 decision to second-seeded Magomed Abdulhamidov despite sending him to the canvas six times in the third round in what appeared to be an exhausted fighter's attempt to maintain a narrow lead. Amateur boxing's governing body overturned the result late Wednesday night, allowing Shimizu to advance.
Destinee Hooker scored 22 points and the U.S. women's team improved to 3-0 with a three-set preliminary round victory over China.
Megan Hodge added 18 points for the top-ranked U.S. in the 26-24, 25-16, 31-29 win. Zeng Chunlei scored 10 points, including two aces, for No. 3 China, which fell to 2-1 in the preliminary round.
Surprising South Korea improved to 2-1 with a 25-23, 25-21, 25-21 upset against Brazil. Carolina del Pilar Costagrande had 12 points and Italy improved to 3-0 with a straight-set victory over Britain.
Japan, Russia and Turkey also won in three sets.
wo-time Olympic sabre champion Mariel Zagunis, who carried the American flag at the opening ceremony, lost her last two matches and failed to make the podium.
Kim Jiyeon of South Korea won the gold, beating Russia's Sofya Velikaya in the final. Olga Kharlan of Ukraine got the bronze.
Seth Kelsey of the U.S. also dropped his last two matches in men's individual epee, leaving him without a medal as well. Venezuela's Ruben Limardo, Norway's Bartosz Piasecki and Jung Jinsun of South Korea took the top three spots.
Britain beat Uruguay 1-0 in its final group game to join fellow medal contenders Brazil and Mexico in the quarterfinals.
Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge scored the winner just before halftime in front of 70,000 fans. The team, which won Group A, is the country's first in the Olympics since 1960.
Oribe Peralta scored a second-half goal as Mexico topped Switzerland 1-0, and Honduras continued its surprise run by drawing 0-0 with Group D winner Japan to take a place in the last eight.
Egypt, Senegal and South Korea also reached the quarters.
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, the 49er favorites coming into London, extended their lead to 13 points over rivals Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand.
France's Emmanuel Dyen and Stephane Christidis won the first race to jump into third place, where they remained after finishing 10th in the day's second race.
In the women's Laser Radial, Ireland's Annalise Murphy had finishes of 8th and 19th after winning the first four races. The 19th-place finish will be her discard, and she leads the fleet with 12 points.
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