Posted: Aug 7, 2012 11:13 PM by AP
The last American boxer in the men's tournament was eliminated, giving the U.S. team its first Olympic medal shutout.
Welterweight Errol Spence dropped a 16-11 decision to Russia's Andrey Zamkovoy in the quarterfinals. The Dallas-area fighter started slowly and never got going in his team's ninth loss in 10 fights.
Spence only reached the quarterfinals after the Americans successfully protested a loss to India's Krishan Vikas over an accumulation of uncalled holding fouls last week.
Given a second chance to avoid the shutout, Spence said he had no reason to argue about this loss.
"I'm glad a better guy beat me this time, because I didn't like the way I went out last time," Spence said. "I didn't think about the pressure on the team. I just tried to fight my fight, and it didn't work out. He was the better man."
Track cycling wrapped up at the London Velodrome, and Chris Hoy gave the boisterous crowd one last memory.
Hoy broke the British record with his sixth Olympic gold medal, defending his keirin title to finish off a dominating performance by the home nation.
"Because this is the end, the last Olympics I'm doing, the last Olympic medal I can win, the nature of the whole event," Hoy said, "this one was probably the best."
Hoy's gold gave Britain seven out of 10 awarded at the London Velodrome, matching its haul from the Beijing Games.
Anna Meares of Australia won the women's sprint earlier in the day, beating British rival Victoria Pendleton in the final, while Laura Trott gave the host country a win in women's omnium.
The U.S. women's team played without captain Lindsey Berg, but still managed a 25-14, 25-21, 25-22 victory over the Dominican Republic in the tournament quarterfinals.
Berg is day to day with a left ankle injury and her status for Thursday's match against South Korea is uncertain. Courtney Thompson started at setter in the Americans' sixth consecutive victory at the games.
Destinee Hooker scored 19 points for the United States, which has never won a gold in volleyball. The team took silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after falling in the final to Brazil.
Brazil will meet Japan in the other semifinal.
Maggie Steffens scored four goals, and the U.S. women's team topped Australia, 11-9, in overtime, shaking off a potentially costly blunder by coach Adam Krikorian to reach the Olympic final.
In a bruising match between medal contenders, Australia's Southern Ash converted a penalty with one second left in regulation to tie it at 9 and force overtime.
The officials awarded the penalty after Krikorian called a timeout without his team having possession of the ball.
Steffens put the U.S. ahead in the first of two three-minute extra-time periods with a skip shot, and Kami Craig followed up with another goal.
The U.S. will meet unbeaten Spain in Thursday's final.
Britain ended Germany's decades-long domination of team dressage by winning the gold at Greenwich Park, adding to its first team show jumping gold in 60 years, which it won a day earlier.
Germany took the silver, and the Netherlands got the bronze.
In dressage, the horse performs a choreographed routine of movements that showcases the animal's training: prancing trots, extended strides, pirouettes and a move called the flying change, which looks like the horse is skipping.
The competition received unusual attention at the London Games because the U.S. team featured Rafalca, a horse co-owned by the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The U.S. was sixth, and Rafalca, ridden by Jan Ebeling, finished in 28th place.
Ilya Zakharov of Russia scored 104.50 points on his last dive to win the 3-meter springboard, stopping China's bid to sweep all eight diving events.
Zakharov totaled 555.90 points in the six-round final. China's Qin Kai settled for silver at 541.75, and He Chong, the defending champion and Qin's teammate, earned the bronze.
Troy Dumais of the U.S. finished fifth, his best showing in four Olympics.
Brazil reached its first Olympic men's soccer final in 24 years when it beat South Korea, 3-0, behind two second-half goals by Leandro Damiao.
The Brazilians will face Mexico, which beat Japan 3-1 at Wembley Stadium in the other semi.