Summer Olympics, Day 15: David Boudia Wins Diving Gold For U.S.

Day 15 was the busiest yet at the Summer Olympics, with a total of 32 gold medal up for grabs. Team USA won their share of the podium, taking gold in men's diving and women's 4x400m relay, and bronze in wrestling.

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Mo Farah Wins Men's 5000m Gold At 2012 Olympics; Bernard Lagat Finishes Fourth

Having won gold in the men's 10,000m, Great Britain's Mo Farah had already had a successful 2012 Olympics heading into Saturday's men's 5000m final. However, he had a little extra incentive to add a second gold, something he accomplished with a winning time of 13:41:66.

Farah's wife, Tania, is pregnant and expecting soon, giving him even more reason to add a second gold medal to the collection.

"These two medals are for my two girls who aren't born yet," he said, according to the Associated Press. "My twins are coming. They could arrive any day and the doctors told us they could arrive any time in the next 12 days. It's amazing!"

Farah took the lead with 700 meters to go in the tightly-bunched race, then ran to the finish line while the 80,000 people in attendance cheered him on. The crowd served as an extra boost for Farah, who entered the race as the favorite.

"The crowd helped him. He ran 100 percent and they added another 10," said American runner Bernard Lagat, who finished fourth.

Farah became just the seventh man to win gold in both the 5,000m and 10,000m in the same Olympics, an impressive feat, even to him.

"It's unbelievable," Farah said. "Two gold medals, who would have thought that?"

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Olympics 2012, Men's Platform Diving Results: David Boudia Wins Surprise Gold

Qiu Bo of China entered the 10-meter platform competition -- the marquee diving event at the Olympics -- as the overwhelming favorite. He won the men's platform at the 2011 World Championships, easily defeating David Boudia by over 40 points. On Saturday, Boudia got the best of Qiu, putting in the best dive of the competition with his final dive off the platform to capture Olympic gold.

It's the first gold medal in any diving event for the United States since 2000 and the first individual medal for a man since 1992. The last time an American man won on the platform was in 1988, when Greg Louganis captured gold.

"USA diving has four medals at the (London) Olympics, and maybe 1992 was the last time, and this brings a lot of hope for everyone on the team," said Boudia about the entire USA diving team's performance in London. "The world is slowly catching up to China and it's exciting."

Boudia also talked about Louganis and his contribution to the sport in the United States.

"To have Greg Louganis back in USA Diving and just being an athlete mentor means a lot for all of us athletes to know that we have an Olympic legend just giving us his wisdom, sharing his stories and who better person to have than Greg."

On his second to last dive, Boudia performed well, but not nearly as well as either Qiu or the home crowd favorite, Great Britain's Tom Daley. While Daley scored a 97.20 and Bo scored a 94.35 for their second to last dives, Boudia received a 91.80 for this effort.

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This put Boudia into a position where he needed to be nearly perfect on his final dive or hope that his two closest competitors both made mistakes. Daley had the lead going into the final dive, while Qiu was tied with Boudia. The American rose to the occasion and executed a spectacular final dive, scoring a 102.6, the highest score that any diver received during the competition.

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Qiu was stellar on his final dive as well, but his 100.8 score was not enough to overtake Boudia. Daley's final dive did not match the standard of either Qiu or Boudia, and he slipped to third place to claim a bronze medal.

Boudia always had a chance at gold if his second place finish in the World Championships was any indication On the other hand, Qiu's margin of victory last year, combined with the home crowd advantage that Daley had, made Boudia a distinct favorite to only show coming into the Olympics. He rose to the occasion by beating both of them, and not because either slipped up. Instead, he put up an incredibly high score to beat Qiu when the favorite put up a score that would have won almost any other meet.

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2012 Olympic Medal Count: United States Will Finish On Top

The United States added to their large medal haul on Saturday, going over 100 total medals for the 2012 London Olympics and ensuring that they'll finish on top of the medal count, whether one chooses to determine that count by gold medals or total medals. The United States captured gold medals in women's basketball, men's diving and women's track on Saturday.

China continues to have a strong Olympics and added to their total with a men's boxing gold and numerous other medals on Saturday. Russia was boosted by a huge day in track and field, where they won four gold medals to expand their lead over Great Britain in third place.

Here is how the top five looks in the latest medal count:

  1. United States, 102 (44 gold, 29 silver, 29 bronze)
  2. China, 87 (38, 27, 22)
  3. Russia, 78 (21, 25, 32)
  4. Great Britain, 62 (28, 15, 19)
  5. Germany, 44 (11, 19, 14)

For a complete breakdown, visit Sports Illustrated's medal count tracker.

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American David Boudia Wins Olympic Platform Gold, First For U.S. Since Greg Louganis

With an amazing final dive, Boudia edges out China's Qiu Bo and Britain's Tom Daley.

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Team USA's David Boudia Wins Diving Gold, Tom Daley Earns Bronze

For the first time since Greg Louganis, the United States has won a gold medal in men's 10-meter platform diving. David Boudia ended the drought Saturday night at the London Aquatics Center, winning America's first male diving gold in any event since 1992.

Boudia, a silver medalist at the 2011 World Championships, scored 568.65 points on his six dives, edging China's Bo Qiu by 1.7 points. Tom Daley, one of Great Britain's most popular athletes, won the bronze medal. It's the first Olympic medal for Daley, who made his Summer Games debut in Beijing when he was just 15 years old.

Boudia had solid dives throughout the competition, but found himself is second place after the five rounds, trailing Daley. But Daley scored only a 90.75 on his final attempt, leaving the door open for the American. And fortunately for Boudia, he had saved his best for last -- needing a near-perfect execution, he nailed it, scoring a 102.60, his highest total of the competition. Qiu's last attempt was a 100.80, which earned him the silver, but wasn't enough to overtake Boudia.

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Team USA's Brigetta Barrett Leaps To High Jump Silver

Brigetta Barrett jumped a personal best to earn a surprise medal for the United States in the high jump, leaping 2.03 meters.

Barrett's previous personal best was 2.01 meters, but on the world's biggest stage, the University of Arizona athlete recorded her highest jump ever of 2.03 meters, or 6 feet, 7.92 inches. Russia's Anna Chicherova, who had won bronze in Beijing and gold at the 2011 World Championships, notched a jump of 2.05, which Barrett could not match on three tries, ending the competition.

Barrett's 2.03 tied her with Svetlana Shkolina of Russia, who also set a personal best, but Shkolina needed three tries to clear the height, where Barrett only needed one, earning her the silver.

Here's how the medal podium looked:

Gold: Anna Chicherova, Russia

Silver: Brigetta Barrett, United States

Bronze: Svetlana Shkolina, Russia

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VIDEO: Usain Bolt Leads Jamaica To 4x100m Relay World Record

The tussle on the track lived up to its hype as Jamaica edged Team USA for the gold medal in the men's 4x100m relay final, setting a new world record in the process.

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Team USA Smokes Competition For Gold In 4x400m Relay

The United States won gold in the women's 4x400m relay race Saturday night at the Summer Olympics, and to say they won in dominating fashion would be an understatement to domination.

Team USA won by nearly a full four seconds, finishing in 3:16.87. By the second lap, there was little doubt which foursome would win gold, and by the beginning of the third lap, that doubt had been removed and the other seven countries were racing for second.

Russia won the silver (3:20.23) and Jamaica finished third to take home the bronze. It's the third consecutive Olympics that the U.S., Russia and Jamaica have gone 1-2-3 in the event. And for Team USA, it's their fifth-straight gold medal.

The win gave Allyson Felix, who ran a blistering 48.85, her third gold medal of the Summer Games (she also won the 200m and added gold in the 4x100m). And for Sanya Richards-Ross, the anchor leg, it's her second gold medal in London (400m).

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Mo Farah Wins Gold In 5000m, Completes Rare Olympic Double

Mo Farah doubles up! The British runner won the men's 5000m Saturday night, becoming just the seventh runner ever to accomplish the Olympic 5000m-10,000m double.

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London 2012 Streaming: How To Watch Usain Bolt In Men's 4x100m Online

The men's 4x100 meters relay on Saturday at the 2012 Olympics may be the last chance fans have to see Usain Bolt run in an Olympic event. They won't be able to see it live on television, of course, but NBC does have a live online stream for the event.

The event is available live through NBC Live Extra, and is the last track final of six on the day. Here's the listing of those.

  • Women's High Jump: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
  • Men's Javelin Throw: 2:20 p.m. Eastern
  • Men's 5000m: 2:30 p.m. Eastern
  • Women's 800m: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
  • Women's 4x400m Relay: 3:25 p.m. Eastern
  • Men's 4x100m Relay: 4:00 p.m. Eastern

The U.S. will go head to head with Jamaica's fleet, er, fleet in the 4x100m relay, and Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin, and Ryan Bailey will go up against Bolt, Yohan Blake, and the Jamaicans. Full lineups for the race have been announced.

But the U.S. looks to be the favorite in the women's 4x400m relay, especially with this team taking the track:

That's the gold medalist in the 200m (Felix), the gold medalist in the 400m (Richards-Ross), the bronze medalist in the 400m (Trotter), and the seventh-place finisher in the 400m (McCrory). Good luck with that, everyone else.

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Women's Basketball Bronze Medal: Lauren Jackson Leads Australia To Medal Over Russia

After ending the three previous Olympics with a loss to the United States, Lauren Jackson earned her fourth consecutive Olympic medal and Australia's fifth with a win in the bronze medal game over Russia, 83-74.

Jackson is already plenty decorated: she's a three-time WNBA MVP, three-time scoring champion, and has earned the WNBA championship twice with the Seattle Storm. But she's been unable to lead Team Australia to victory over the United States. In 2000, 2004, and 2008, these losses came in the gold medal match. This time, the two squads were faced up in the semifinals, meaning the Opals' loss put her in the bronze medal game.

She responded with a dominant 25-point, 11-rebound outing against Becky Hammon's Russian squad. Australia was also helped by 21 points and four assists by the 37-year old Kristi Harrower and 17 points and eight boards by Suzy Batkovic. Hammon paced her Russian team with 19 points, but nobody else had more than 12. Australia pulled away in the second and third quarters, and although a late run by Russia made the final tally less than ten points, the victory and medal were in hand for the Aussies for some time.

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What To Watch, Day 15: Relays, Rupp And Volleyball Revenge

What To Watch on Day 15 at the 2012 Summer Olympics, the busiest day yet, with Team USA playing for women's basketball gold and two of the most exciting track & field events, the men's 5000m and 4x100m relay races, on tap.

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London 2012 Olympics: Schedule, TV Coverage, Streaming For Saturday

The London Olympics are nearing a close but not before a busy day on the track and elsewhere Saturday.

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Track & Field: TV Coverage, Event Schedule For Saturday

Track & field continues Saturday with a full schedule including the men's 4x100m relay.

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