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Was there actually a curse upon the 2012 Olympic flag-bearers?

Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli made history Friday as the first swimmer to win Olympic gold in the pool and in open water by winning the men’s open-water swim in 1 hour 49 minutes 55.1 seconds. Mellouli won gold in the 1,500-meter swim at the 2008 Beijing Games and took bronze at the distance earlier at the […]

The men’s Olympic marathon swim has come down to the final lap, and American Alex Meyer appears out of medal contention. Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli, an early front-runner, has reclaimed the lead and completed five of the six laps around the Serpentine Lake in 1 hour 32 minutes 8 seconds. Germany’s Thomas Lurz is second, and […]

With the men’s marathon swim at Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake two-thirds complete, American Alex Meyer has fallen back to 12th among the 25 competitors. Setting the pace is Germany’s Andreas Waschburger, who completed four of the six laps in 1 hour 14 minutes 20.9 seconds. In second was Canada’s Richard Weinberger, followed by Oussama Mellouli […]

American Alex Meyer has dropped back to ninth in the men’s marathon swim at Hyde Park but appears to be swimming a controlled, mature race. In fourth after the first lap, Meyer had moved up to third after two laps, one second behind Canada’s Richard Weinberger, who had claimed the lead to cross under the […]

American Alex Meyer finished the first of six laps in the men’s marathon swim in fourth, hugging a single file of front-runners paced by Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia, Canada’s Richard Weinberger and Britain’s Daniel Fogg. This may well be precisely where Meyer wants to be because he’s keeping the leader well within range yet taking […]

It’s a gorgeous, sun-drenched day in Hyde Park for one of the more grueling events of the London Olympics: The men’s 10-kilometer marathon swim. Former Harvard swim-team captain Alex Meyer is the lone American among the 25-man field, competing in his first Olympics at age 24. And he’s expected to face his biggest challenge from […]

The U.S. men's basketball team faces Argentina in the semifinals and a slew of gold medals are up for grabs in track & field on another busy day of competition at the London Olympics.

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  • Aug 10, 2012
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Swimmer Katie Ledecky is back home in Bethesda with the gold medal she won in the women’s 800 meters. SB Nation caught up with her: Read more about Katie Ledecky and her high-achieving family in this Sally Jenkins column.

American Haley Anderson made a strong push at the end of the women’s 10,000-meter open water swim, but ran out of space to catch Hungary’s Eva Risztov. After nearly two hours of racing in The Serpentine, the gold medal was decided by four-tenths of a second. Risztov touched the overhead board at the finish line […]

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