Team USA struck gold again today in the 4x200 women's relay. Greenville native Lauren Perdue swam in this morning's qualifying round, but was replaced in the finals. Even so, she still earns a gold medal.
Williams squandered a lead in each set Wednesday and lost her third-round match at the Olympics to No. 7-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).
Williams, seeking a record fourth gold medal in Olympic tennis, still has a shot in doubles with her sister Serena. They had a quarterfinal match scheduled later Wednesday at Wimbledon.
In the first set, Williams failed to convert three set points, then blew a 5-1 lead in the tiebreaker. She was up 3-1 in the second set, but Kerber again charged back.
Kerber, a semifinalist at Wimbledon last month and at the U.S. Open last year, advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Victoria Azarenka.
Lauren Jackson became the all-time leading scorer in Olympic women's basketball history with 18 points in Australia's 67-61 victory over Brazil on Wednesday.
Jackson surpassed former U.S. great Lisa Leslie, who had 488 points while leading the Americans to four consecutive gold medals from 1996-2008. The London Games are the fourth Olympics for the 31-year-old Jackson.
The 6-foot-5 Australian star needed just 10 points coming into the game to top Leslie. Jackson broke the record by hitting a free throw with 53 seconds left in the third quarter which gave Australia a 51-40 lead.
Brazil (0-3) couldn't get within four the rest of the way.
The Aussies were coming off a 74-70 overtime loss to France -- their first defeat in the Olympics to a team other than the United States since the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Liz Cambage added 17 points for Australia.
China swept the synchronized diving events at the London Olympics, winning the men's 3-meter springboard to put the country halfway toward taking all the gold medals.
Qin Kai and Luo Yutong led all six rounds of Wednesday's final, totaling 477.00 points. It was Qin's second straight Olympic title, having won the event four years ago in Beijing with a different partner.
Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov of Russia took the silver at 459.63.
Kristian Ipsen and Troy Dumais of the U.S. earned the bronze at 446.70.
Two-time Olympic sabre champion Mariel Zagunis, who carried the American flag at the opening ceremony, has moved into the semifinals at the London Games.
The top-seeded Zagunis defeated No. 32 Diah Permatasari of Indonesia 15-7 on Wednesday in her opening bout, topped Japan's Seira Nakayama 15-9 in the next round, then overwhelmed China's Zhu Min 15-6 in the quarterfinals to reach Wednesday night's medal round.
Dagmara Wozniak of the U.S. was ousted in the quarterfinals, falling to second-seeded Russian Sofya Velikaya 15-13.
Zagunis was a late addition to the U.S. roster for the 2004 Athens Olympics, and went on to win her country's first fencing gold medal in 100 years. Zagunis defended her title at Beijing in 2008.
The U.S. Olympic boxing team realized it faced a brutal slate of matchups Wednesday, taking on a Cuban world champion and two hulking Russian heavyweights.
None of the three Americans could beat the odds to advance in London.
Top-seeded bantamweight Lazaro Alvarez of Cuba beat Joseph Diaz Jr. 21-15, and U.S. heavyweight Michael Hunter tired badly in the third round of a narrow loss to Russia's Artur Beterbiev.
Super heavyweight Dominic Breazeale then fell far behind early in a 19-8 loss to Russia's Magomed Omarov. The defeats abruptly reduced the American men's team to four remaining boxers after beginning the Olympics with four straight victories last weekend.
Russian bantamweight Sergey Vodopyanov also lost at ExCel arena.
Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka have lost in men's doubles at the Olympics.
The Swiss pair, who won gold in Beijing, lost to Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the second round Wednesday.
British cyclist Emma Pooley has burst into tears following her disappointing sixth-place finish in the Olympic time trial in southwest London.
Pooley, who was born in London, looked shattered as she spoke with journalists at Hampton Court Palace. American Kristin Armstrong won the race to defend her Olympic title.
The absence of a major hill on the course in Surrey did not suit the 29-year-old rider's climbing abilities. She clocked 38 minutes, 37.70 seconds and lagged more than a minute behind Armstrong.
Pooley, a former world champion, says: "I should not have got my hopes up."
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