Raisman captures gymnastics gold, women's beach volleyball final all-American in London
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LONDON (AP) Aly Raisman, the captain of the U.S. women's gymnastics team, grabbed the gold in the floor exercise. She also earned the bronze medal on balance beam and was part of the gold medal winning U.S. squad in the team event.
More notes from the London 2012 Olympics:
- Two American teams will square off for the gold medal in women's beach volleyball. Two-time defending Olympics champ Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings beat China 22-20, 22-20 for their 20th straight Olympic victory. Fellow Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross rallied to beat the top-seeded Brazilians, Juliana and Larissa 15-21, 21-19, 15-12.
- Destinee Hooker scored 19 points to help the U.S. women's volleyball beat the Domincan Republic 25-14, 25-21, 25-22 to move into the semifinals. The U.S. is looking for its first gold medal.
- Leonel Manzano has done something no American had done in 44 years: Win a medal in the Olympic 1500 meters. Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi grabbed the gold medal only a day after being reinstated to the final. Makhloufi was disqualified from the games after track and field officials ruled he didn't try hard enough during a heat in the 800.
- Usain Bolt opened defense of his Olympic 200-meter title with a comfortable win in the opening round to finish in 20.39 seconds. Bolt's teammate, 100-meter silver medalist Yohan Blake, won his heat easily in 20.38 as well. American Wallace Spearmon also qualifed with a time of 20.47.
- Diana Taurasi scored 15 points and Candace Parker added 12 to lead the U.S. women's Olympic basketball team to a 91-48 rout of Canada. The 39th consecutive Olympic win for the Americans propels them into the semifinals.
- Maggie Steffens scored four times, including the go-ahead goal to lead the U.S. over Australia 11-9 in extra time and into the women's water polo final.