US Women’s Basketball Team Wins Olympic Gold

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 11:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. women's basketball team won its fifth straight Olympic gold medal Saturday, beating France 86-50.

The winning game was another victory for the American Olympians who are likely to end the 2012 London Games with more gold medals and more total medals than any other country.

The U.S. has 44 gold medals of 102 medals overall after Saturday's games. China's gold count is 38 with 87 medals overall. Russia is in third place, while Britain is in fourth. However, Britain has more gold than Russia.

The Americans could add to their gold count Sunday when basketball's so-called Dream Team faces off against Spain, just as it did in 2008 when the U.S. beat Spain 118-107 in the Beijing final.

The world's fastest man on Saturday accomplished what no man has done before – an Olympic “triple-double.” Usain Bolt anchored the Jamaicans to victory in the 4×100 relay in a world-record time of 36.84 seconds.

The win follows his first-place finishes in London in the 100- and 200-meter sprints. He also captured all three races at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Also on the track, the Russians won gold medals in the 50-kilometer race-walk, the women's 20-kilometer race-walk, the women's high jump and the women's 800-meter race.

Elsewhere, Mexico beat Brazil, 2-1, for the gold medal in men's football , and Brazil topped the United States for the gold in women's volleyball.