Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third consecutive Olympic beach volleyball gold medal, beating April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in an all-American final. The Athens, Beijing and now London gold medalists have never lost a match at the Olympics. They won in straight sets, 21-16, 21-16. It was the Olympic farewell for May-Treanor.
Denied twice on the world’s biggest stage, Allyson Felix finally won the Olympic gold medal she’s been yearning for: the 200 meters. Felix won the race in 21.88 seconds, topping Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the 100 four nights earlier, by 0.21 second. American Carmelita Jeter got the bronze.
Brittney Reese won the long jump, becoming the first U.S. woman to win the Olympic long jump since Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988. The two-time world champion went into the competition with the best jump of the season and posted the best mark in the final with 7.12 meters on her second attempt.
Kobe Bryant scored 20 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead the U.S. basketball team to a 119-86 victory over Australia and into the semifinals against Argentina. Lebron James finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists for the Americans, while Deron Williams added 18 points, Carmelo Anthony had 17 and Kevin Durant 14.
Aries Merritt led a 1-2 finish for the United States in the Olympic 110-meter hurdles, winning in 12.92 seconds, with world champion Jason Richardson finishing second.
Caster Semenya made her Olympic debut three years after being forced to undergo gender tests, finishing second in her 800 heat.
Usain Bolt won his semifinal heat in 20.18 seconds, moving closer to becoming the first man with two Olympic golds in the 200 meters. The Jamaican already successfully defended his 100 title from Beijing on Sunday.
American Ashton Eaton broke Bill Toomey’s 44-year-old record in the 100-meter dash and built a 105-point lead over teammate and world champion Trey Hardee after the opening three events in the decathlon. Eaton won the 100 in 10.35 seconds, just 0.14 off his time at the trials but beating Toomey’s 10.41 at Mexico City in 1968.