Live: Day 9: Usain Bolt, men’s tennis final, beach volleyball

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On Day 9, Usain Bolt won the 100 meters, Andy Murray topped Roger Federer for gold and the Williams sister took gold in doubles. The U.S. women’s basketball team crushed China.

What else should you be watching? Consult today’s viewer guide.

Miss anything? Read past live blogs: Opening Ceremonies | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8

Join in the conversation.

SUNDAY, AUG. 5 (DAY 9 )

NBC

6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Track and field – women’s marathon (Live, 6 a.m.)
Tennis – men’s singles gold medal match (Live, 9 a.m.)
Women’s basketball – United States vs. China (Live, 11:30 a.m.)
Equestrian – first round of the team jumping final (Live, 1:30 p.m.)
Women’s water polo – quarterfinal, United States vs. Italy (Live, 2 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball — United States vs. Turkey (Live, 3 p.m.)
Cycling – women’s track gold medal final (Live, 4:30 p.m.)
Beach volleyball – women’s quarterfinal (Live, 5 p.m.)
7 p.m. – midnight
Gymnastics – individual event gold medal finals in men’s floor exercise,
men’s pommel horse and women’s vault
Track and field – gold medal finals in men’s 100-meter, women’s 400-meter
and women’s triple jump
Diving – women’s springboard gold medal final
Beach volleyball – quarterfinal action.
12:35 a.m. – 1:35 a.m.
Track and field – gold medal finals in men’s hammer throw and steeplechase,
high jump qualifying
Badminton – men’s singles gold medal match

NBC Sports Network

4 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Badminton – men’s singles bronze medal match (Live, 4 a.m.), men’s doubles
bronze medal match (Live, 6:30 a.m.), men’s singles gold medal match (3:30
p.m.)
Cycling – track events (Live, 5 a.m.); Tennis – mixed doubles gold medal
match (Live, 7 a.m.), women’s doubles gold medal match (Live, 12:15 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – China vs. South Korea (8:30 a.m.)
Synchronized swimming – duet qualifying (Live, 10 a.m.)
Shooting – men’s pistol final (Live, 11:50 a.m.)
Beach volleyball – women’s quarterfinal (Live, 2 p.m.)
Weightlifting – Super heavyweight gold medal final (3:30 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – Italy vs. Russia (4:15 p.m.), Brazil vs. Serbia (Live,
5 p.m.)

MSNBC

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tennis – men’s singles bronze medal match (Live, 7 a.m.)
Table tennis – men’s team quarterfinals (9 a.m.)
Women’s water polo – quarterfinals, Hungary vs. Russia (Live, 9:45 a.m.),
China vs. Australia (Live, 11:10 a.m.), Spain vs.
Britain (Live, 3:30 p.m.)
Wrestling – Greco Roman qualifying matches (12:15 p.m.), Greco Roman gold
medal finals (4:20 p.m.)
Beach volleyball – women’s quarterfinal (Live, 1 p.m.)
Men’s field hockey – Britain vs. Australia (Live, 2 p.m.)
Women’s handball – Denmark vs. France (Live, 5:15 p.m.)

CNBC

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Boxing – women’s elimination round with flyweight, lightweight and
middleweight bouts
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Boxing – men’s quarterfinals with bantamweight and heavyweight bouts

NBC Olympic Basketball Channel

4 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Women’s basketball:
France vs. Russia (Live, 4 a.m., Replay 8 a.m.)
Angola vs. Czech Republic (Live, 6:15 a.m.)
Canada vs. Australia (Live, 9:30 a.m.)
China vs. United States (Live, 11:45 a.m., Replay 1:30 p.m.)
Croatia vs. Turkey (Live, 3 p.m.)
Britain vs. Brazil (Live, 5:15 p.m.)

Telemundo

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Packaged Spanish-language coverage includes track and field, women’s
volleyball, beach volleyball, men’s tennis and boxing

Giving up on the Olympics (for tonight)

We already know who won what today (“spoilers” ahead!). Usain Bolt is the fastest human alive. Andy Murray aced the world’s greatest tennis player. McKayla Maroney — she of the exquisite vault during the team competition — could only manage a silver in the individual. And so on. No amount of gauzy heart-warming video packages will keep us tuned in, dear NBC. Not in the 10 o’clock hour. I’m switching over to “Breaking Bad,” the ultimate antidote to the Olympics: Dark, bone-chilling and — with no tape delay — suspenseful! Good night all.

Sick of the trumpets and bugles yet?

Watching the Olympics means hearing two pieces of symphonic music over and over and over again: John Williams’s Olympic fanfare and Leo Arnaud’s “Bugler’s Dream.” How about a cochlea cleanser? How about John Tesh’s “Roundball Rock”?

"It's not about me...It's about America."

Justin Gatlin — who won the men’s 100M semi-final heat with the fastest preliminary time in Olympic history — also has a great attitude about his win.

Kristi Yamaguchi and Mitt Romney

Gold-medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, champion in Barcelona in 1992, has been all over the 2012 Olympics — as a booster for Mitt Romney. “Mitt Romney brought a huge sense of hope” to the scandal-plagued games in Salt Lake City, Yamaguchi says in an ad spot funded by the super-PAC Restore Our Future. The skater isn’t just doing Romney a passing favor; Yamaguchi donated to his 2008 presidential campaign and is a maxed-out donor this time around, according to HuffPost Fundrace. A dash of political sniping has subsequently broken out on her Facebook page (“I used to have great admiration for you…” versus “Proud of you!!!”); isn’t this the type of sour divisiveness we should avoid during the Olympics? The Romney Olympic ad and Obama’s “forward” ad are clogging up nearly every commercial break. I wish the IOC prohibited NBC from airing political ads. They have that power, don’t they? Is there a media lawyer in the house?

The fate of retired Olympians

Whither Olympians of yore? Right here, hocking for Kohl’s.

The best place to catch up with former athletes is during Olympic commercial breaks. Laila Ali wants you to buy Kohls; Shawn Johnson wants you to buy paper towels (and also, apparently, watch Chandler Bing’s new show?)

And here’s softball player Jennie Finch, encouraging mass Chobani consumption.

Oscar Pistorius has a great name

The double-amputee sprinter — apart from having a great life story — has a great name. But who has the best name in the Olympics? Obviously Usain Bolt is aptonymic. For juvenile giggles, there’s Chinese trampolinist Dong Dong and American volleyball player Destinee Hooker. Dutch swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo for sheer syllabic prowess. And fans of “Mean Girls” will notice that Regina George is competing in track. BuzzFeed, naturally, has a list of 28 great names. Any other nominations?

The most self-absorbed Olympic widget

The BBC has posted a widget that allows users to input their heights and weights, then spits back the Olympic athlete who is just your size.

My matching athlete is apparently Claire Tallent, a member of the Australian walking team. You go, Claire. Go.

How do we measure the greatness of Olympians?

So we just sat through yet another effusive segment on Michael “Golden Champion” Phelps. He’s affable enough in victory, and seems to have grown into himself, but I’m weary of NBC commentators calling him “the Olympics’ greatest champion.” It’s much easier to win a slew of medals in swimming than, say, the heptathlon (how ’bout Jessica Ennis’s finish yesterday?) or solely team-oriented sports like volleyball. Is Ennis’s one medal for seven events lesser than Phelps’s seven medals for seven events? So if we dismiss medal count, how do we estimate the greats of the Olympics? I’d like to know your thoughts in the comments. Also, I’m glad Phelps is stepping aside so we can focus on Nathan Adrian. New favorite.

Michael Phelps and post-Olympic plans

Michael Phelps, chatting with Bob Costas, says that his retirements (At 27!) plans include traveling and focusing on his foundation.

Can anyone think of an Olympic athlete with an amazing, out-there or otherwise surprising post-sports career? Gold medal gymnast Amy Chow — part of 1996′s Magnificent Seven — went on to become  surgeon in California.

Man arrested for throwing bottle on track

A bottle was thrown on the track behind Yohan Blake, right. (Martin Meissner/Associated Press)

From the Associated Press:

London police say they have arrested a man for throwing a bottle on to the Olympic track at the start of the men’s 100-meter final.

Scotland Yard says a man was heard shouting abuse and was then seen throwing a bottle immediately before the race.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who won the race, told reporters he had been unaware of the incident. He said Sunday: “No, I keep hearing that. I don’t know who would have done that.”

Read the full account here.

Kate Middleton's Olympic credentials

Attention: For those of you have been using the Olympics for the dual purpose of royal watching, NBC just announced broadcast their first closeup photo of Kate Middleton’ credential badge, which is, importantly, all access. Her name is listed as”HRH Duchess of Cambridge.”

*Please feel free to ask Monica questions about the royal family during this portion of the chat. She knows much more about them than the men’s 100 meter dash.

Bolt: 'This is where I want to become a legend'

Usain Bolt is feeling good. (Anja Niedringhaus/Associated Press)

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, fresh off winning the 100 meters in an Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds, discussed the significance of his win.

“To me, it’s more [than Beijing] because I’ve shown the world without a doubt I am the best. This is where I want to become a legend and that was one step.”

He added: “I’m never going to say I’m the greatest until after the 200,” which starts with heats on Tuesday. The semifinals are Wednesday and final Thursday.

Bolt said he’s heard a lot of chatter but for him, these games were “all business.”

Kessy, Ross move on to semifinals

April Ross, left, and Jennifer Kessy react during their match with the Czech Republic. (Petr David Josek/Associated Press)

Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross defeated the Czech Republic team of Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolocova, 25-23, 21-18, in a beach volleyball quarterfinal.

They advance to play the winner of a match between Brazil and Germany. The win gives the United States two teams in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Bolt celebrates 100 victory with Olympic mascot

Usain Bolt cuts loose after his win, and Yohan Blake can't help but laugh. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

For more photos check out our Olympic gallery from today.

Your take on Usain Bolt's #100meters win

Usain Bolt just did it again. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Usain Bolt is once again the world’s fastest man and his 9.63 in the men’s 100-meter dash is a new Olympic record.

We asked our reporters at the London Games to give us their immediate reactions in fewer than 10 seconds. Here’s what they had to say.

Liz Clarke: “It’s amazing how a race so short could be won by a mile! Lightning BOLT!!!”

Mike Wise: “I knew it! He was playing possum the whole week. And when the chips were down, Usain Bolt was…back as the Games’ biggest star.”

Amy Shipley: “A man among boys again?! Really?! Didn’t see that coming.”

Rick Maese: “The Olympics don’t need a torch. Bolt is the hottest thing in London. No, in the universe. 80,000 people here are drunk on the Fastest Man in the World right now. Can we all agree we won’t see anything like that again during our lifetime?”

(Apparently Maese is the world record holder for words per second on the keyboard.)

Barry Svrluga: “There are athletes, and there are showman, and then there’s the perfect combination of the two.”

Sally Jenkins: “I didn’t know a fountain sculpture could run.”

And we asked you to send us your reactions in under 10 seconds on Twitter with the hashtag #100meters. Here’s your take.

#100meters nice finish in boltistic fashion!! #champ

- Jeremy Dukes (@BMoreRaven33)

 

He’s simply unstoppable truly a BOLT #100meters

- jimmi anthony (@jimifizzle23)

 

Redemption4 Gatlin. Bronze,pers.best, Tyson Gay’s comeback from injury w/h Season Best time #Usain best ever! #100meters

- Mike McHugh (@PerdidoMike)

 

9.63! Bolt was incredible before, during, and after the #100meters. Was hoping Ryan Bailey would get a medal though.

- Ryan Bailey (@RyanRiverbreaks)

 

Watching Usain Bolt, 32 NFL GMs say to themselves … “Hmmmm, can he catch?” Also, “Why isn’t NBC showing this live?” #london2012 #100meters

- Cindy Boren (@CindyBoren)

 

The worst timed loo break I have ever taken

- Taylor Carey (@TaylorBCary)

 

would have been nice if I could have freaking seen it….Internet froze in the middle of the race #100meters

- Rusty Drew (@rustyd1212)

 

Bolt sets Olympic record in 100 meters

Usain Bolts wins gold in the 100 meters. (Mark Duncan/Associated Press)

Usain Bolt joins Carl Lewis as the only runners to win the 100 in consecutive Olympics. The Jamaican claimed gold, finishing in 9.63 seconds, an Olympic record.

“I said it on the track, people can talk, all they can do is talk. When it comes to championships I bring it,” Bolt said after the race according to BBC Sport.

Jamaican Yohan Blake took silver with a time of 9.75 seconds. Blake had beat Bolt at Jamaica’s Olympic trials in June, raising questions about whether Bolt was ready to defend his gold medal.

“Trials woke me up,” Bolt said. “Yohan knocked on my door and said, ‘Usain, this is an Olympic year.’”

American Justin Gatlin, who had posted the fastest time in the semifinals, earned bronze in 9.79, edging countryman Tyson Gay by 0.01 of a second. American Ryan Bailey was fifth in 9.88 seconds.

“Bolt’s a very fast guy,” Gatlin said. “He’s true competitor, he’s a showman. …I’m just so glad to be a part of history.”

Seven of the eight participants in the race broke the 10-second mark. At the 2008 Games, only six sprinters in the final did. At the 2004 Games — where Gatlin took gold — five broke 10 seconds in the final.

Bolt has now run the three fastest times in the history of the 100-meter sprint.

Kenyan wins gold in men's steeplechase

Ezekiel Kemboi lays on the track after his win. (David Gray/Reuters)

Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi earned gold in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8 minutes 18.56 seconds.

France Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad received silver as he finished in 8:19.08 and Kenyan Abel Kiprop Mutai closed in 8:19.73 for bronze.

The top American finisher was Evan Jager, who was fifth in 8:23.87.

U.S. women's volleyball still unbeaten

Nicole Davis of the United States celebrates during the match. (Jeff Roberson/Associated Press)

The U.S. women’s volleyball team completed a perfect run through their group with a 27-25, 25-16, 25-19 victory at Earls Court over Turkey.

The team dropped just two sets – one each to China and defending silver medalist Brazil – in its dominant run to the knockout stages.

On Sunday Destinee Hooker and Foluke Akinradewo once again led the way with 17 and 9 kills respectively.

Bolt takes aim at history in 100 meter

The fastest men in the world will be hitting the starting blocks shortly for the highly-anticipated 100-meter final, and by all indications, we’ll have a tight, close, memorable race on our hands.

Four years ago, Usain Bolt ran a 9.85 in the semifinals and then set a new world record in the finals with his 9.69. Here in London, Bolt posted a 9.87 in the semis, and there’s no telling what he has in store for the main event. He’s trying to become only the second male sprinter to defend his 100-meter Olympic title.

In all, at least half the field should have a legitimate shot at gold (or at least silver). In Beijing, six runners in the final broke the 10-second barrier. Here in London, seven runners topped that mark in the semifinals — and four of those were 9.90 or better.

It’s difficult to tell how much stock to put in those times. Several runners clearly slowed as soon as their spot in the final was secure, which means the fast speeds we saw from sprinters like Bolt, Justin Gatlin and Yohan Blake will only be faster in the final.

Gatlin posted the top mark in the semis, crossing the finish line in 9.82, his second-fastest time of the year.

Sanya Richards-Ross takes gold in 400

Sanya Richards-Ross crosses the finish line. (Mark Duncan/Associated Press)

Four years after settling for bronze, American Sanya Richards-Ross won gold in the women’s 400 meter, tearing around the curve and overtaking the field down the final stretch.

Richards-Ross, 27, won in a time of 49.55 seconds.

“I worked so hard for that, and I prepared for this moment over and
over for the last four years,” Richards-Ross said.

Her American teammate DeeDee Trotter took bronze, finishing in 49.72.

“If anyone can get it, it was her,” said Trotter of Richards-Ross. “She has worked hard for it, and she has completed her dream for herself.”

Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu won silver with a time of 49.70, nipping Trotter by just two-hundredths of a second.

Richards-Ross already owned two gold medals — the 4×400 relay from Athens and Beijing — but this marks her first individual Olympic title.

She’ll race in the women’s 200 meter and the 4×400 relay later this week.

No Americans in the men's 400 final

With LaShawn Merritt sidelined with a hamstring injury, the United States will have no chance to defend its gold medal in Monday’s men’s 400 meter final.

One day after Merritt, who won the event at the Beijing Games, pulled up with a hamstring injury in a first-round heat, his two American teammates failed to advance past the semifinal round.

Tony McQuay finished his semifinal race in fourth place with a time of 45.31. And Bryshon Nellum finished his race in third place with a time of 45.02 seconds, just 0.17 of a second away from qualifying for the final.

Lalonde Gordon, of Trinidad and Tobago, posted the fastest semifinal time, finishing his race Sunday night in 44.58 seconds, a personal best.

Pistorius falters in 400-meter semifinal

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, right, exchanges bibs with Grenada's Kirani James, who won the heat. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius, the first track athlete to run on prosthetics in an Olympic Games, finished in last place in his 400-meter semifinal Sunday and will not advance to Monday’s final.

Pistorius said his goal in London was to run well enough in the first round heats to merely qualify for the semifinals, which he did successfully Saturday, finishing second in his race and crossing the finish line in 45.44 seconds.

Lined up in a more competitive eight-man field one day later, the South African finished in 46.54 seconds Sunday night.

His Olympics are not over, however. Pistorius is expected to compete in the 4×400 relay later in the week.

Matthew Centrowitz advances to 1,500 final

Matthew Centrowitz, far left, runs in a 1,500-meter semifinal. (Mark Duncan/Associated Press)

Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck High) posted his best time of the year to advance into Tuesday’s final in the men’s 1,500-meter race with his fifth-place finish in the semifinals.

“I am healthy, I am confident. Those two mixed together could be good,” said Centrowitz of his chances in the final.

Running in the night’s second — and faster — heat, the 22-year old Centrowitz crossed the finish line in 3:34.90, just 0.28 seconds ahead of the sixth-place finisher, Turkey’s Ilham Tanui Ozbilen, who does not advance.

American Leonel Manzano also advanced to the Tuesday’s final, finishing the first heat in fourth place with a time of 3:42.94. American Andrew Wheating failed to advance, finishing the first heat in ninth place with a time of 3:44.88.

Morocco’s Abdalaati Iguider posted the fastest semifinal time, winning the second heat with a time of 3:33.99.

U.S. women's water polo into semifinals

Lauren Wenger, right, defends against Italy's Teresa Frassinetti (Julio Cortez/Associated Press)

Behind three goals from Melissa Seidemann, the U.S. women downed Italy, 9-6, in a quarterfinal game Sunday at the Water Polo Arena.

The Americans (3-0-1) advance to the semifinals, where they will face unbeaten Australia, which defeated China, 20-18, on penalty shots.

Brenda Villa and Kelly Rulon had two goals each for the United States, which trailed early, 3-1, before reeling off five straight goals to take control of the game.

Fabio Conti was ejected and will not be able to coach Italy’s placement game.

Share your #100meters reactions on Twitter

This won't take long. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

Tonight’s men’s 100 meter race is one of the most highly-anticipated events of the London Games — and it very well may be the fastest ever.

The final features defending gold medalist and Jamaican sensation Usain Bolt, current world champion Yohan Blake and all three Americans – 2004 Athens gold medalist Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey. All five came in under 10 seconds in their semifinal heats with Gatlin’s 9.82 leading the way.

Buckle your seatbelts. The final is coming up at 4:50 p.m. EDT, and whatever happens, don’t blink or you might miss it.

But as soon as it’s over, we want to hear from you! Share your immediate reaction to the race – try to do it in fewer than 10 seconds – on Twitter by tweeting your response to us at @washingtonpost. And be sure to use the hastag #100meters!

Example: @washingtonpost: Holy moly! Ryan Bailey just smoked Usain Bolt!!! #100meters

We’ve asked our reporters in London to share their reactions in 10 seconds or less. We’ll post them along with the best Twitter responses right here on our live blog.

Blake and Gay join the 100-meter field

Yohan Blake, left, advances to the final. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The favorites in the men’s 100-meter race have all reached the final — all posting strong times in the process. Three Americans and three Jamaicans will be sprinting in the night’s main event.

In the third and final semifinal heat, Jamaica’s Yohan Blake flew down the track, winning with a time of 9.85 seconds. American Tyson Gay was second, crossing the line in 9.90 seconds.

Asafa Powell’s 9.94 in the first heat was good enough for a spot in the night’s final. Richard Thompson, of Trinidad and Tobago, also advances by virtue of his 10.02-second finish.

American Justin Gatlin’s 9.82 stands as the fastest time of the semifinals.

Wu crushes field in winning springboard gold

Wu Minxia of China had an easy time in the 3m springboard final. (Jorge Silva -- Reuters)

China’s Wu Minxia and Zi He followed their gold medal win in synchronized springboard diving by winning a pair of individual medals – gold for Wu and silver for Zi.

Wu – who also won bronze in this event four years ago in Beijing – dominated the field of 12, including Zi, scoring 414.00 points. Zi was more than 34 points behind her, at 379.20. Wu outscored the 11th and 12th divers by more than 100 points.

Laura Sanchez Soto of Mexico won the bronze with 362.40 points.

Americans Cassidy Krug (342.85) and Christina Loukas (332.10) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

All 3 U.S. women advance in 400 hurdles

Lashinda Demus competes in the 400 hurdles. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

All three American women managed to advance into the semifinals of the 400-meter hurdles Sunday.

Lashinda Demus posted the top time at the U.S. trials and had no problem advancing to the semifinals. She won her heat Sunday in a time of 54.6 seconds

Georganne Moline advanced with a 54.31, tops in her heat and her best mark of the year. T’erea Brown ran a personal-best 54.72, good enough to advance and the second-best time in her heat.

The top time in semis belonged to Russia’s Natalya Antyukh, who finished in 53.9 seconds.

The semifinals are scheduled for Monday with the final race on Wednesday.

Bolt, Bailey advance to 100 final

Jamaica's Usain Bolt easily won his semifinal in the 100 meters. (David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

World record-holder Usain Bolt won his 100-meter semifinal heat with a time of 9.87 seconds, easily earning him a spot in the finals. Like Gatlin just few minutes earlier, Bolt checked the space on either side of him and slowed at the end.

American Ryan Bailey also slowed and also advanced, finishing the race in 9.96. He’d posted the fastest first-round time, a 9.88 finish Saturday.

May-Treanor, Walsh Jennings advance to semis

Misty May-Treanor, left, and Kerri Walsh Jennings react during their win. (David Josek/Associated Press)

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their beach volleyball quarterfinal match against Italy’s Marta Menegatti and Greta Cicolari, 21-13, 21-13, at Horse Guards Parade.

The American duo will now play Chen Xue and Xi Zhang of China in the semifinals Tuesday.

Gatlin advances to 100-meter final

Justin Gatlin easily won heat 1 of the 100-meter semifinals. (Alex Livesey -- Getty Images)

American sprinter Justin Gatlin had no problem advancing to Sunday night’s 100-meter final, winning his semifinal heat with a time of 9.82. The mark is the second-fastest time in Olympic history and just 0.02 of a second slower than his time at the U.S. trials in Eugene, Ore.

Gatlin had a huge lead on the field and over the last 10 meters even had time to turn his head from side to side, only to see no one was near him.

Churandy Martina of the Netherlands was second in the heat, finishing in 9.91 seconds.

Jamaica’s Asafa Powell was third and did not automatically qualify, but his time of 9.94 puts him in good position to advance.

Busy track and field night underway

Day 3 of the Olympic track and field competition is underway, and this one should be a memorable evening, headlined by perhaps the most anticipated men’s 100 meter the Olympics has seen. Runners have repeatedly said this track is a fast one, so there’s no saying what the night might hold.

But first: the semifinals. The start list features some interesting pairings. Justin Gatlin, the top American at the U.S. trials, and Asafa Powell are both in the first semifinal race. World record-holder Usain Bolt will line up just three lanes away from Ryan Bailey, the American who posted the fastest time in Saturday’s first round. And Tyson Gay is just two lanes away from the current world champ, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt.

The other race American track fans will be eager to watch: the women’s 400, where Sanya Richards-Ross, DeeDee Trotter and Francena McCorory will be trying to hold off the rest of the field.

Germans beat U.S. for bronze in team foil

Germany handily defeated the U.S. men’s foil team, 45-27, for the bronze medal Sunday at ExCeL South.

The match was nearly a repeat of the Americans’ semifinal loss to Italy, in which they won just one of nine bouts. Against Germany, the Americans won two – Gerek Meinhardt defeated Peter Joppich, 6-5, in the fifth match, and Alexander Massialas won the sixth match, 7-5, against Benjamin Kleibrink.

The U.S. team of Massialas, Miles Chamley-Watson, Race Imboden  and Meinhardt finished fourth on the final day of fencing at these Games.

Azarenka, Mirnyi deny Murray mixed doubles gold

Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka spoiled the party at the All England Club. (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)

Hours after Andy Murray’s cathartic gold medal victory over Roger Federer, Britain’s hero of the day couldn’t quite pull off the double on Centre Court at the All England Club.

Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus rallied from a one-set hole to topple Murray and 18-year-old teammate Laura Robson 2-6, 6-3, (10-8) for mixed doubles gold.

London marked the return of the mixed doubles tournament, which was last contested at the Olympic Games in 1924. And for the 35-year-old Mirnyi, the victory was extra special. He has won nine total grand slam doubles titles (men’s and mixed), but had never won Olympic gold.

Azarenka adds gold to the women’s singles she won Saturday with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Maria Kirilenko.

Denmark's Hansen wins Omnium gold

Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark roars his way to Omnium gold. (Odd Andersen -- AFP/Getty Images)

Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark finished second in the final event, the time trial, to win the Omnium on Sunday at the Velodrome.

The Omnium is a six-stage, two-day event in which riders get a point for every place they finish. A win is worth one point; 10th is worth 10 points, etc. At the end, the rider with the lowest total wins.

Hansen was consistent throughout and finished with just 27 points.

Bryan Coquard of France was fourth in the time trial and took the silver with 29 points. Edward Clancy of Britain, who won the time trial, was a point behind for the bronze.

American Bobby Lea finished in 12th place.

Beijing medalists all advance to sprint cycling quarterfinals

Defending gold medalist Victoria Pendleton of Britain advanced to Monday’s quarterfinals of the sprint Sunday at the Velodrome.

She’ll be joined there by Anna Meares of Australia, who won silver in Beijing and bronze in Athens, and Shuang Guo of China, who won bronze in Beijing.

Murray talks about unforgettable win

Andy Murray shows off his new gold medal, while Roger Federer says silver is good enough. (Julian Finney -- Getty Images)

Andy Murray called his Olympic gold medal victory Sunday over Roger Federer the biggest of his life.

“I’ve had a lot of tough losses in my career, but this is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final,” said Murray, who fell to Federer just four weeks ago. “I’ll never forget it.

“I was expecting it to be an incredibly tough match. Every time I play him, especially in the tough matches, he has played so well and made it so difficult for me.

“Once I got through that first set and held at 2-0 in the second after a long game, I felt much better. But no way did I expect a score line like that.”

Federer praised Murray for a superior effort but conceded that his own performance might have suffered from the mental and physical toll of a near exit in the first round and a record 4-hour 26-minute semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro.

“I’m very proud to have achieved silver,” said Federer, who won Olympic gold in men’s doubles at the 2008 Beijing Games but has never won gold in singles. “That’s the best I could have done this tournament. I’m really happy and pleased. I know that sounds strange, as people are so used to me wining and [think] only winning makes me happy. But I’m a happy tennis player, so a good result like this is obviously going to make me feel extremely proud and very happy.”

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U.S. women's basketball routs China

From left to right, Lindsay Whalen, Candace Parker, Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus react during the game against China. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

After a close first quarter the Americans turned the game into a blowout in the second and third quarters, when they outscored China 63-20. The U.S. team advanced to the quarterfinals with the 114-66 win and tied their own Olympic scoring record. The Americans will play Canada Tuesday.

According to the Associated Press, the U.S. women also scored 114 points against Spain in 1992. The overall Olympic record for points in a game is 128, set by Brazil.

Diana Taurasi finished with a game-high 22 points and had four steals. Nan Chen led China with 16 points.

Read more about the game here.

Watkins loses in sprint cycling quarterfinals

Jimmy Watkins of the United States chases Australia's Shane Perkins. (Paul Hanna -- Reuters)

Jimmy Watkins lost his quarterfinal heat to Shane Perkins of Australia, knocking the American from medal contention in the men’s sprint. He’ll race against Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia, Robert Forstemann of Germany and Russia’s Denis Dmitriev to determine places 5-9.

Perkins moved to the sprint semifinals, scheduled for Monday at the Velodrome, along with Njisane Nicholas Phillip of Trinidad and Tobago, Jason Kenny of Britain and Gregory Bauge of France.

Saudis, British lead in show jumping

Rich Fellers was among the penalty-free show jumpers Sunday. (John MacDougall -- AFP/Getty Images)

Twelve riders – including American Rich Fellers aboard Flexible – had no penalties and were atop the rankings on the second day of individual qualifying in show jumping at Greenwich Park.

Britain had two riders among the top 12, Nick Skelton (Big Star) and Ben Maher (Tripple X). Those scores helped put Britain in a tie for second place in the team standings after day 1.

But the performance by Saudi Arabia’s Prince Abdullah Al Saud – also perfect on Sunday – as well as Kamal Bahamdan and Ramzy al Duhami, who tied for 15th, gave the Arab nation the lead in the team competition.

The United States, a two-time gold medalist in team jumping, is tied for seventh.

In team competition, the penalties of the top three of four riders for each country in individual competition are combined; the worst result is thrown out. The Saudis have one penalty point; the British four, along with the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. Canada has five and the United States and Brazil each have eight.

American Reed Kessler, the newest member of the team, was among those who did not advance to the third day of qualifying. That means that from here out, all the Americans’ scores count toward the team score.

No medal for American weightlifters

Holley Mangold competed despite a wrist injury. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

Americans Sarah Robles and Holley Mangold failed to medal in women’s superheavyweight weightlifting, finishing seventh and 10th, respectively.

Mangold, a 22-year-old who weighs 330 pounds, said she tore a tendon in her right wrist two weeks ago in training and required intensive rehab and two cortisone shots just to be able to compete in London. She was an Olympic rookie in a sport in which experience counts significantly. She took weightlifting up just three and a half years ago and and was initially considered a prospect for 2016, rather than 2012.

Mangold watched with interest the taut gold medal duel between Tatiana Kashirina of Russia and Zhou Lulu of China, won by Zhou despite a world record by Kashirina in the snatch portion of the competition of 151 kilograms. As she observed the veterans, Mangold said, “I’m thinking ‘Holy cow that’s a lot of weight.’ And I’m thinking, ‘One day I’ll beat you.’”

Hansen takes back Omnium lead

Denmark's Lasse Norman Hansen is back in front. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

Glenn O’Shea of Australia lost the overall lead in the Omnium Sunday at the Velodrome when he finished 14th in the 15 kilometer scratch race, the fifth of six stages in the two-day event.

O’Shea’s stumble put Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark back atop the standings with one race to go, the time trial later Sunday. Hansen was sixth in the scratch race.

Britain’s Edward Clancy also dropped, from second overall to fifth, after finishing 10th in the scratch race.

Elia Viviani moved into second behind Hansen in the overall standings.

American Bobby Lea finished seventh in the scratch race and is 10th overall.

In the Omnium, riders get a point for each place they finish – for instance, Lea gets seven points for his finish in the scratch race. The points are tallied and at the end of six events, the rider with the lowest total wins.

U.S. women's basketball extends lead

The Americans have started to pull away from China. After leading by only three points in the first quarter, the U.S. team outscored China 30-8 in the second quarter to lead 61-36 at halftime.

Diana Taurasi leads all scorers with 16 points while Tina Charles has 10. Xiaoyun Song has nine points for China.

With a win the Americans would face Canada in the quarterfinals.

Americans 10th early in synchronized swimming

Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva have some work to do in the pool. (Clive Rose -- Getty Images)

The U.S. pair of Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva were 10th after the first round of qualifying in the duet synchronized swimming event Sunday at the Aquatics Center.

Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina of Russia had the top score of 98.200. Killman and Koroleva were more than 10 points behind at 87.900.

Two qualifying routines are done, one to be judged on technical merit and the other a free routine judged on both skills and artistry. The second qualifying routine will be performed Monday.

The top 12 duets then perform another free routine in the final. The final ranking is determined by combining the preliminary technical routine score and the final routine score.

Ainslie wins fourth straight sailing gold

Britain's Ben Ainslie shows off his flare after yet another gold medal. (Pascal Lauener -- Reuters)

Britain’s Ben Ainslie became the most decorated sailor in Olympic history on Sunday by winning the Finn class gold medal, his fourth straight gold and fifth straight Olympic medal overall.

Ainslie has won the last three Finn class gold medals and won Laser class gold at the 2000 Sydney Games. He won silver in Laser in 1996.

Denmark’s Paul Elvstrom previously held the record after winning four straight gold medals from 1948 to 1960.

Jonas Hogh-Christensen of Denmark took silver this year, and Jonathan Lobert took bronze.

U.S. women's basketball leads China

After the first quarter the U.S. women’s basketball team has a slight lead on China, 31-28. Diana Taurasi has a game-high 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting.

The Americans have already qualified for the medal round, but a win would give them the top seed and a matchup with Canada in the quarterfinals.

Russian weightlifter sets world record

Tatiana Kashirina reacts after breaking the world record. (Yuri Cortezyuri/AFP/Getty Images)

Tatiana Kashirina of Russia has set a new women’s world record of 151 kilograms in the snatch. Kashirina accomplished the feat at the close of a gripping duel with Zhou Lulu of China. Zhou set an Olympic record of 146 kilograms — but Kashirina immediately took it away from her. She asked that the bar be loaded with 149 kilograms, a world record amount, stared into the crowd for a long moment, knelt, screamed – and lifted it.

With one attempt left, Kashirina then asked that the bar be reloaded with even more weight: 151 kilograms (332.2 pounds). She grasped the bar and hoisted it, and for a moment it seemed her knees would collapse inward. But Kashirinia steadily raised herself upright, face almost purple with the effort. It was the first time any female weightlifter has snatched in excess of 150 kilograms. And the competition isn’t  over. The clean and jerk is still to come.

Going into the second phase of the competition Sarah Robles of the United States is in fifth place, and Holley Mangold is in 7th.

Hungary's Berki wins pommel horse on tiebreaker

For the second straight Olympics, British gymnasts anxiously watched the scoreboard. Louis Smith, right, took silver. Max Whitlock, center, won bronze. (Gregory Bull -- Associated Pres)

Krisztian Berki of Hungary and Britain’s Louis Smith finished with identical scores of 16.066 in the pommel horse, but Berki was awarded the gold medal because of his execution score.

It was the second straight Olympics in which Smith lost out on a tiebreaker; in Beijing, he tied for the second-highest score but was awarded the bronze.

This year, Britain’s Max Whitlock took the bronze medal.

Murray crushes Federer for Olympic gold

Andy Murray rolled to a shockingly easy win over Roger Federer for the Olympic gold medal. (Clive Brunskill -- Getty Images)

Just four weeks ago, Andy Murray was reduced to tears on Centre Court when his quest to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936 ended in a four-set defeat to Roger Federer.

Sunday, on the same weathered grass court, Murray claimed the greatest prize of his career — one he shared with all of Britain — by defeating the peerless Swiss champion to win Olympic gold in men’s singles.

Murray wept again, this time with joy and disbelief, upon clinching the 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory that was stunning in its lopsided decisiveness, over in 1  hour 56 minutes.

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Holley Mangold a bit shaky early

With a shaky start at the Olympic Excel venue, 22-year-old USA weightlifter Holley Mangold successfully snatched 105 kilograms (165.37 pounds) on her second attempt. She took two deep breaths, got the bar above her head and, after a small step sideways, stabilized herself. This was after a failed first attempt when the bar canted forward and nearly carried her off the performance platform.

However, Mangold failed to clear a personal-best 110 kilograms when the judges decided not to credit her for a lift that included a more pronounced second sidestep.

Mangold stood under a bright spotlight on the stage with game show music blasting from the loudspeakers, pulsing with doom-like notes, and with a large contingent of 20 or so family members in the audience, including her older brother Nick Mangold, the center for the New York Jets.

China wins doubles gold, sweeps badminton

Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng defeated Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark, 21-16, 21-15, to win gold in men’s doubles badminton and give China the first-ever sweep of the badminton gold medals.

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Murray takes 6-2, 6-1 lead over Federer

The All England club crowd is being driven batty by the play of Andy Murray. (Paul Gilham -- Getty Images)

Centre Court at the All England club has been Roger Federer’s fiefdom since 2003, when he won the first of his seven Wimbledon titles.

But the Swiss champion is under siege here today by an inspired Andy Murray, who is playing fearless tennis in his quest for Olympics singles gold.

Murray has now claimed the first two sets in this best-of-five sets battle, leading 6-2, 6-1 after 1 hour 23 minutes.

And he has done it with an all-out attack, breaking Federer’s vaunted serve in four of the Swiss champion’s first six service games. And he is forcing Federer into a slew of unforced errors.

Though many of the rallies have been thrilling, it’s a lopsided rout so far. And the British crowd, while thrilled with the early results, seems in disbelief of Federer’s uncharacteristic misfiring

Aussie Diamond leads trap qualifying

Australia’s Michael Diamond led after the first day of men’s trap qualifying at Royal Artillery Barracks.

Diamond had a 75 after three rounds; Karsten Bindrich of Germany, Massimo Fabbrizi of Italy, Anton Glasnovic of Croatia, Fehaid Aldeehani of Kuwait and Giovanni Cernogoraz of Croatia were all a shot behind.

Shooters will have two more rounds of qualifying Sunday before the medal final.

No Americans competed in the event.

Maroney falls to silver in vault

McKayla Maroney failed to stick the landing on her second vault Sunday. (Ronald Martinez -- Getty Images)

McKayla Maroney slipped and fell on the landing of her second vault Sunday in the first day of the apparatus finals, costing her the gold medal. She settled for silver.

Maroney was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. team, and she won gold in team and vault at last year’s world championships as well. She entered the vault final as the prohibitive favorite for the gold medal.

On her first vault, Maroney performed a perfect 2½ twist. She landed with one foot slightly out of bounds and corrected on her hop for a slight deduction. She needed one more clean vault to all but ensure her the gold.

Instead, she slipped and fell on the mat after the second of two vaults – the competitors performed their vaults back to back instead of running through the competition order twice. The fall dropped the second score and opened the door for Sandra Raluca Izbasa of Romania, the final vaulter of the day.

Izbasa’s had two clean vaults and posted a score of 15.191, just ahead of Maroney’s 15.083, although in usual gymnastics fashion, there was some initial confusion about the scores posted at North Greenwich Arena.

Maria Paseka of Russia won the bronze with 15.050.

Oksana Chusovitina, 37, of Germany finished fifth in her final Olympics – her sixth, an incredible number for a gymnast. She won silver in this event four years ago and won a team gold in 1992 in Barcelona.

Yamilet Pena Abreu of the Dominican Republican attempted a very difficult vault on her first try and fell on the landing and finished sixth.

Elisabeth Black of Canada injured her ankle on her first vault. She attempted her second but pulled up short of the springboard.

Murray up 5-0 in second set of men's tennis final

Roger Federer is getting run ragged by Andy Murray. (Stefan Wermuth -- Reuters)

It’s rare that Roger Federer loses a set on Centre Court in 38 minutes.

But with an Olympic singles gold medal at stake, Federer did just that in his opening set Sunday against Britain’s Andy Murray, with the Scot jumping out to a 6-2 advantage.

The Swiss champion’s struggles bled into the second set, with Murray breaking Federer at love in his first service game. Federer crushed a routine overhead into the net, then blasted a cross-court backhand several feet beyond the baseline.

The errors were so out of character, it was as if a weekend duffer had suddenly inhabited Federer’s body. With three break points, Murray played tremendous defense, sprinting all over the court in a tortuous rally, and struck a winner to break the Swiss at love.

But it will matter little unless Murray could consolidate the break by holding serve in the third game. And he and Federer all but shed blood to win it.

Federer had six attempts to break Murray’s serve. But the Scot batted each away by playing bolder, rather than conservative tennis, ripping a backhand pass down the line to fend off the sixth break point. Finally Federer sent a backhand long, and Murray took a 3-0 lead. Soon after he was up 5-0.

Nick Mangold in the house to watch sister

New York Jets center Nick Mangold is at the Excel Center to watch his sister, Holley Mangold, compete in the plus-75kg women’s weightlifting event. Mangold was reluctant to leave Jets training camp for an Olympic jaunt, but changed his mind two days ago at the urging of head coach Rex Ryan. “He told me, ‘It’s family,’ ” Mangold said, as he idled in the hallway outside of the arena sipping a beer. “As much as football is a large part of your life, that can come and go. Family is not going anywhere.”

It’s Mangold’s first Olympic experience. “And thank God it’s in an English-speaking country,” he said. He arrived last night and had dinner with his family — a contingent of 20 or so — and will fly back tomorrow.

Asked who is stronger, him or his sister, Mangold laughed. “There are conflicting reports,” he said. “Of course I’m going to say I’m stronger but I will never actually do the lift because I fell as though my superiors would be pretty angry if I blew out my back. But as an older brother, of course I can lift more.”

Murray takes opening set, 6-2, against Federer

Andy Murray tracks down the ball against Roger Federer. (Luis Acosta -- AFP/Getty Images)

After getting the first service break and consolidating it by closing the next game with back-to-back aces, Andy Murray claimed the opening set of  his Olympic men’s tennis final against Roger Federer, 6-2.

Murray, 25, and Federer, 30, have split their previous meetings, 8-8. But the Scot, representing the hope of Britain at the 2012 London Games, has never beaten Federer at the All England club.

In breaking the Swiss a second time to close the opening seat in 38 minutes, Murray got help from the net cord on one point, apologizing to the Swiss by holding up his racket. Federer gagged on an easy forehand volley.

And Murray closed with a ferocious backhand down the line.

The crowd erupted in chants of “Ahn-DEE!” and “Team GB!” the broke into the wave.

The men’s Olympic final is best of five sets, so it’s early yet. But the crowd and the momentum are decidedly in Murray’s corner.

American boxer Underwood loses first bout

U.S. lightweight Queen Underwood lost her first bout, 21-13, to Natasha Jonas of Britain, Sunday at ExCeL South.

Underwood, of Seattle, had revealed that like judoka Kayla Harrison, she and her sister were subjected to childhood sexual abuse. The Underwood girls were abused by their father, who served seven years in prison, and Quanitta has said she hopes to serve as an example for other victims.

Unlike the male boxers, who fight three rounds of three minutes, the female boxers fight four rounds of two minutes each.

Murray takes 4-2 lead over Federer in first set

After a closely contested start to Sunday’s men’s tennis final at the London Olympics, Andy Murray got the first break of serve to take a 4-2 lead in the opening set, drawing deafening cheers from British partisans in the packed stands.

It was clear even before the first ball was struck that this would be an unusual treat at the staid All England club, where the all-white dress code was waived so Olympians could display their national colors.

Standing ovations are customary when particularly revered champions step onto Centre Court. But Sunday’s ovation when Federer led Murray onto court lasted all the way through the players’ warmups. And once play got underway, they didn’t politely applaud excellent shots, as Wimbledon crowds do; they erupted in lusty, barroom cheers.

Murray served first and got knocked on his heels immediately by the laser-like Federer. But the Scot bravely fended off two break points to hold with a service winner.

Federer was untouchable when it was his turn to serve, opening with an ace and adding another to hold at Love.

And it stayed on serve until the sixth game, in which Murray finally converted his second break point when the Swiss drilled a backhand into the

U.S. wrestlers both lose second matches

Spenser Thomas Mango, right, tries to escape from Azerbajian's Rovshan Bayramov. (Paul Sancya -- Associated Press)

American wrestlers Spenser Thomas Mango and Benjamin Provisor both lost their round-of-16 Greco-Roman wrestling matches on decisions, 3-0, Sunday morning at ExCeL North.

Mango, wrestling in the 55kg division, lost to Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan.

Provisor fell to Zurabi Datunashvili of Georgia in the 74kg division.

The tournament might not be over for either as yet. Any wrestler who loses to either of the finalists in their weight class, at any stage of the competition, enters the repechage. The winners of the two repechage groups win bronze medals.

Lin retains badminton singles title

Lin Dan of China defended his badminton gold medal, beating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia. (Michael Regan -- Getty Images)

Lin Dan of China became the first man to retain the Olympic badminton singles title with a 15-21, 21-10, 21-19 win over Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

The two also played in the gold medal match at the 2008 Beijing Games, with Lin also winning. Chong Wei was going for Malaysia’s first-ever Olympic gold medal.

China's Zou wins second floor gold

Zou Kai of China won the gold medal in the floor exercise Sunday at North Greenwich Arena. Zou, who won gold in Beijing in this event, as well as the horizontal bar and in the team event, scored a 15.933.

Kohei Uchmura of Japan took the silver and Russian Denis Ablyazin the bronze.

American Jake Dalton finished fifth with a score of 15.333.

Italy foils U.S. team's gold medal hopes

Alexander Massialas, left, and the U.S. men's foil team will play for the bronze after losing to Italy (Alberto Pizzolia -- AFP/Getty Images)

Italy jumped to an early lead and never relinquished it, thoroughly defeating the U.S. men’s foil team in a semifinal match, 45-24, and advancing to the final Sunday at ExCeL South.

The U.S. team – Alexander Massialas, Miles Chamley-Watson, Race Imboden  and Gerek Meinhardt – will face the loser of the match between Germany and Japan for the bronze medal.

Italy took the lead in the first of nine bouts, 5-4, and failed to win just one, when Imboden tied Andrea Baldini, 5-5.

Italy won team gold in this event in Athens in 2004.

Dalton out of running for floor medal

American Jake Dalton will finish out of the medals in the men’s floor exercise.

After seven of eight gymnasts had performed at the North Greenwich Arena, Dalton’s score guaranteed him no better than fourth.

Sweden pulls off sailing shocker

Max Salminen, front, and Fredrik Loof reach after finishing their Star class race (Pascal Lauener -- Reuters)

Sweden’s Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen scored an upset in the Star sailing class, winning gold and denying the British of another gold medal.

Defending champions Iain Percy (trying for his third gold medal) and Andrew Simpson of Britain faltered in the last 200 meters and took silver. Brazil’s Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada took bronze.

Centre Court roof retracted for men's tennis final

It’s as if the heavens are rooting for Andy Murray today.

Just moments before the Scot was due to take on Roger Federer in the men’s gold-medal final, the skies over the All England club cleared and Centre Court’s roof was slowly retracted.

It’s more than issue of aesthetics. It’s an issue of competitive balance, as the July 8 Wimbledon final proved.

Playing brilliant tennis, Murray won the opening set and still had the upper hand when the rains came to stay, forcing officials to deploy the roof over Centre Court that was built especially for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Once play resumed, Federer seized the advantage, raising his level of play by lowering the margin of error on his shots under the wind-less, climate-controlled conditions. And he rallied for a four-set victory that left the normally sturdy Murray, the hope of Britain, in tears.

Today, the peerless Federer seeks the one title to elude him, Olympic singles gold. A victory would make Federer the third man and fifth player overall to claim a Golden Slam by winning all four majors and singles gold. That exclusive club consists of Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal, Steffi Graf and newly minted Serena Williams

And this is surely Federer’s last chance, with the Swiss competing in his fourth Olympics just three days shy of his 31st birthday.

Today’s gold-medal match, like all men’s Grand Slam finals, will be a best-of-five-set affair.

Also Sunday, the men’s singles bronze medal will be slugged out by Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro.

Shortly afterward, Murray is due back on Center Court with Laura Robson to face Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the mixed doubles final.

And already, the capacity crowd is going nuts, offering a standing ovation to the players’ warmups!

Williams sisters win third Olympic doubles gold

Venus and Serena Williams are quite the Olympic tennis combo. (Stefan Wermuth -- Reuters)

The most dominant players of their generation, Venus and Serena Williams added a new distinction to their resumes Sunday, becoming the first to win four Olympic tennis gold medals (each now has three doubles golds and one singles gold).

And they did it as a pair, naturally, claiming their third latest Olympic doubles title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic.

In a methodical, well-crafted performance, the sisters got an early break against the Czechs in each set. Once in the lead, they took care of their own serves, never getting broken en route to the title.

With a 5-4 lead, Serena served for the match. The crowd cheered when the Czechs staved off a second match point with a bold stab volley.  But Venus replied in kind on the third match point, sealing a victory that ended with a joyful sisterly hug.

With rain falling most of Sunday morning, the final was contested under the roof on Centre Court at the All England club, where each of the sisters has won five Wimbledon championships.

Venus earned her singles gold at the 2000 Sydney Games. Serena followed suit Saturday, thrashing Maria Sharapova, 6-0, 6-1, to complete a Golden Slam, her Olympic singles gold complementing her previous triumphs in all four of the sport’s majors.

Up next: The highly anticipated men’s gold-medal match between Britain’s Andy Murray and Swiss champion Roger Federer.

Gelana wins marathon for Ethiopia

Tiki Gelana crosses the marathon finish line in an Olympic-record time. (Martin Meissner -- Associated Press)

Ethiopian Tiki Gelana won the Olympic women’s marathon in an Olympic-record 2 hours 23 minutes 7 seconds, out-sprinting Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo over the last mile. Jeptoo crossed the line in 2:23:12 as reigning world champion Mary Keitany got the bronze in 2:23:56. Americans Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher finished 10th and 11th, respectively, in 2:25:51 and 2:26:07.

Arlington’s Claire Hallissey, competing for Britain, finished 57th in 2:35:39.

Koreans take gold, silver in pistols

Jin Jongoh and Choi Young Rae of South Korea took gold and silver in the 50m pistol Sunday at the Royal Artillery Barracks. Wang Zhiwei of China won the bronze.

Americans Nickolaus Mowrer and Daryl Szarenski failed to advance.

Americans advance in Greco-Roman openers

American wrestlers Spenser Thomas Mango and Benjamin Provisor won their qualifying matches Sunday morning at ExCeL North, advancing to the round of 16 in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Mango defeated Abouhalima Abouhalima of Egypt, 3-1, in the 55kg division and will face Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan in the next round.

Benjamin Provisor beat Alexei Bel of Cuba by the same score in the 74kg event and will face Zurabi Datunashvili of Georgia in the round of 16 later this morning.

Russian takes lead in women's marathon

It's a scenic marathon course at the Olympics. (Eddie Keogh -- Reuters)

Russian Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova and Ethiopian Tika Gelana led a small lead group in the Olympic women’s marathon at the 35-kilometer mark (21.7 miles), going by in 1 hour 59 minutes and 29 seconds. Kenyans Mary Keitany and Priscah Jeptooh were a second back, in medal contention.

American Shalane Flanagan stood 28 seconds behind the leaders; U.S. teammate Kara Goucher was 1:09 back.

Arlington’s Claire Hallissey was several minutes behind the leaders.

Williams sisters take opening set, 6-4

Serena and Venus Williams are one set away from Olympic gold. (Dominic Ebenbichler -- Reuters)

Venus and Serena Williams have taken an early lead in the Olympic women’s doubles final, breaking the Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the opening game and holding their own serves to claim the first set, 6-4, in 51 minutes

A sparse crowd was on hand at noon local time when the Czech and American teams strode out. But there’s no doubt the All England club’s iconic Centre Court will be packed to the rafters when Britain’s Andy Murray and Switzerland’s Roger Federer play for the men’s singles gold medal, a reprise of the four-set Wimbledon final won by the Swiss July 8, sometime around 9 a.m EDT.

The sisters are seeking their third Olympic women’s doubles title, having won gold at the 2000 Games and at the 2008 Beijing Games. They also won Wimbledon’s doubles title for a fifth time just last month.

Like twins Bob and Mike Bryan, who claimed Olympic doubles gold Saturday, part of what makes the Williams’s such an effective team is their intuitive understanding of one another.

In addition, both sisters boast powerful serves that are difficult to read and handle. And their skills complement one another, with the 6-foot-1 Venus a tremendous asset at the net, plucking overheads out of the sky with her impressive reach, and the powerful Serena blasting away on the baseline.

Sunday’s early-morning downpour had stopped by the time the women’s doubles final began, but Centre Court’s roof remained deployed. Provided clear skies remain, expect it to be retracted for the men’s final.

Murray, 25, the home-court favorite, is assured of delivering two medals for Britain today, having reached today’s men’s finals and mixed doubles finals with Laura Robson.

Sunday's Olympic medal schedule

A look at the medals to be handed out on Day 9 of Olympics competition.

7 a.m.: Tennis, women’s doubles.

7:30 a.m.: Shooting, men’s 50m pistol.

8 a.m.: Badminton, men’s singles.

8 a.m.: Sailing, men’s star (8 a.m.), men’s finn (9 a.m.).

9 a.m.: Gymnastics, men’s floor (9 a.m.), women’s vault (9:50 a.m.), men’s pommel horse (10:41 a.m.).

9 a.m.: Tennis, men’s singles.

9:15 a.m.: Badminton, men’s doubles.

10:35 a.m.: Weightlifting, women’s +75kg.

1:16 p.m.: Cycling, men’s omnium.

2 p.m.: Diving, women’s 3m springboard.

2:03 p.m.: Wrestling, men’s Greco-Roman 55kg (2:03), men’s Greco-Roman 74kg (2:48).

2:15 p.m.: Fencing, men’s team foil.

2:35 p.m.: Track and Field, women’s triple jump (2:35), men’s hammer throw (3:20), women’s 400 meters (4:10), men’s steeplechase (4:25), men’s 100 meters (4:50).

Africans push pace, Americans fall back in marathon

Reigning world champion Edna Kiplaget of Kenya took off just past the halfway point of the Olympic marathon, leading three Kenyans and three Ethiopians into a faster lead pack that went through 25 kilometers in 1 hour 26 minutes 23 seconds as the skies here brightened up. American Shalane Flanagan, who had led at the halfway point, fell four seconds back; Kara Goucher dropped six seconds back.

Flanagan shares lead at halfway point of marathon

U.S. runner Shalane Flanagan reached the halfway point of the women’s marathon in 1 hour 13 minutes 13 seconds, sharing the lead with Italy’s Valeria Straneo, China’s Zhu Xiaolin and seven others. U.S. teammate Kara Goucher, officially in 16th place, sat just a second back. Arlington’s Claire Hallissey, competing for Great Britain, was 2:45 off the lead in 65th place.

O'Shea holds Omnium lead

Bobby Lea of the United States has some work to do in the Omnium. (Stefano Rellandini -- Reuters)

Glenn O’Shea of Australia finished third in the individual pursuit Sunday at the Velodrome, the fourth stage of the men’s Omnium, to retain the overall lead in the six-event competition.

Britain’s Edward Clancy finished second in the pursuit and is second overall. Lasse Norman Hansen won pursuit and is third.

American Bobby Lea finished 11th, meaning he earned 11 points. Riders get a point for their finish and at the end of the six events, the lowest score wins. Lea is in ninth.

The final two races are Sunday: the 15km scratch race and the time trial.

Williams sisters seek third doubles gold

Venus and Serena Williams will go for doubles gold on Sunday. (Luis Acosta -- AFP/Getty Images)

Britain is basking in the glow of a glorious Saturday that saw London’s skies rain Olympic gold. A half-dozen gold medals, to be precise, marking the nation’s most successful day in the Olympics since 1908.

That spirit of triumphant resurgence will be channeled toward Andy Murray in his twin gold-medal pursuits at the All England club Sunday.

In a reprise of the July 8 Wimbledon final, Murray will take on Swiss champion Roger Federer for the men’s singles title at roughly 9 a.m. ET, seeking to avenge his recent four-sets defeat. Shortly afterward, Murray will return to Centre Court with Laura Robson to face Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the mixed doubles final.

But first up are Venus and Serena Williams, due on Centre Court for the women’s doubles final at noon (7 a.m. ET). They are attempting to become the first tennis players to win four Olympic gold medals. Standing in their way is the Czech duo of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.

With Serena’s 6-0, 6-1 thrashing of Maria Sharapova in Saturday’s women’s final, the Williams sisters now have identical Olympic records. Each has won singles (Venus at Sydney in 2000, Serena on Saturday), and they have collaborated on two women’s doubles golds (Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008).

With rain falling in Wimbledon since morning, Centre Court’s retractable roof is currently deployed and, barring a burst of sunshine, will be used for the women’s doubles final.

Goucher, Flanagan among early leaders in rainy marathon

It's a rainy day for spectators at runners on the women's marathon course. (Matthew Lloyd -- Getty Images)

U.S. runners Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan ran in the front of a massive lead pack in the early miles of the Olympic women’s marathon, which was conducted in driving rain, gray skies and slick streets on a cool day with temperatures in the 60s.

Goucher and Flanagan, both wearing baseball caps,baseball caps, led 11 women, including Portugal’s Marissa Barros and Italy’s Valeria Straneo, through the first 5 kilometers in 17 minutes, 20 seconds, and seven women through 10k in 34:46. Great Britain’s Claire Hallissey, who lives in Arlington, was nine seconds behind at both marks.

American Desiree Davila did not compete because of hip problems. Britain’s Paula Radcliffe, the world record holder, also did not start because of injury.

Korean has top mark in pistol qualifying

Choi Young Rae of South Korea was the top qualifier in the 50m pistol Sunday at the Royal Artillery Barracks, topping a group of eight shooters who will move into the finals.

Choi’s 569 was three points better than his nearest competitor, Zhiwei Wang of China.

Six shooters were tied for the eighth spot, which was won by Giuseppe Giordano of Italy by a tenth of a point.

Americans Nickolaus Mowrer (15th) and Daryl Szarenski (28th) failed to advance.

U.S. foil team to semifinals

France's Victor Sintes, left, battles Race Imboden of the United States in the men's foil quarterfinals. (Alberto Pizzoli -- AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. men’s foil team advanced to the semifinals Sunday with a 45-40 victory over France on the final day of fencing at ExCeL South.

The French had built a 20-13 lead after four match, but in the fifth, Alexander Massialas outscored Victor Sintes, 7-5, and in the seventh match, Gerek Meinhardt took a stunning 11-1 victory, again over Sintes, to give the Americans a 35-31 lead.

In the eighth, Race Imboden built on that lead with a 5-1 win over Enzo Lefort. The U.S. lead was 40-32.

In the final match, Massialas faced. Erwan Le Pechoux. Both had 12 touches in their previous two matches, but although Le Pechoux outscored Massialas, 7-5, it wasn’t enough.

In men’s fencing, each team has four competitors to use in nine bouts. The fourth member of the U.S. team is Miles Chamley-Watson.

The United States will play Italy, which won its quarterfinal over Britain. In the other quarterfinals, Japan defeated China and will meet the winner of the Germany-Russia quarterfinal. The quarterfinal losers will compete in placement matches.