Day 14 of the London Olympics
— Tianna Madison, 200-meter champion Allyson Felix and Bianca Knight gave the U.S. a big lead, and anchor Carmelita Jeter crossed the finish line pointing the baton at the clock showing a world record of 40.82 seconds as the United States won the women’s 4x100-meter relay for the first time since 1996. Their time smashed the record of 41.37 by East Germany in 1985.
— With Justin Gatlin running the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay, the U.S. broke a 20-year-old national record in its preliminary round, finishing in 37.38 seconds — a hundredth of a second faster than Jamaica competing without Usain Bolt. The record, set in 1992 with Carl Lewis running the anchor leg, was 37.40. In Saturday’s final, Bolt will run the anchor leg, while Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and 100 and 200 runner-up Yohan Blake will run in the first three spots, as they did in the preliminaries.
— Ramon Miller of the Bahamas chased down American Angelo Taylor in the men’s 4x400-meter final to win his country’s first gold medal in a relay won by the U.S. at every Olympics since 1984. The South African team, anchored by double amputee “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, fell behind well before Pistorius got the baton and finished last.
— Kevin Durant scored 19 points, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James added 18 apiece and the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team pushed aside Argentina 109-83 in the semifinals. The U.S. will play Spain for the gold medal — a rematch of the final at the Beijing Games won by the Americans four years ago.
— Jordan Burroughs, who promised to tweet a picture of himself holding the Olympic gold medal, delivered on the mat and on Twitter. The 24-year-old American backed up all his talk, beating Iran’s Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi 1-0, 1-0 in the men’s freestyle 74-kilogram division to give the U.S. its first wrestling gold medal in London.
— With a surge of medals in track and field, the United States has sprinted ahead of China and is poised to finish atop the medals table at the London Olympics — maybe with the most golds ever collected by the Americans on foreign soil. Heading into the final weekend, the U.S. leads both the gold and overall medals races after trailing the Chinese most of the games. At the end of the day, the U.S. led China 94 to 81 in total medals and 41 to 37 in golds. Four more golds would equal the highest U.S. total on foreign soil in Olympic history — 45 at both the 1968 Mexico City Games and the 1924 Paris Games.
— Qui Bo led the 10-meter platform preliminaries with a nearly flawless display, qualifying first with 563.70 points and putting China in position to claim its seventh diving medal of these games.
— Maris Strombergs of Latvia added to the BMX gold medal he won in Beijing, where the sport made its Olympic debut.
NOT THEIR FINEST HOUR
— Andrei Kirilenko missed 10 of his 12 shots and five free throws, and Alexey Shved managed only two points on 1-for-6 shooting as Russia fell to Spain 67-59 in the men’s basketball semifinal.
— French runner Hassan Hirt tested positive for the blood-booster EPO on Aug. 3, an official with knowledge of the result told The Associated Press, and the athlete was ordered to leave the Olympics. The official said Hirt had been targeted by the French anti-doping agency for several months. Hirt, competing in his first Olympics, finished 11th in a first-round heat of the 5,000 meters on Wednesday.
— The IOC formally stripped American cyclist Tyler Hamilton, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, of his 2004 gold for doping. The medal will now go to Viatcheslav Ekimov, another former Armstrong teammate who already has two Olympic golds. American Bobby Julich will be moved up from bronze to silver, and Michael Rogers of Australia from fourth to bronze.
SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
— Women’s basketball: The U.S. team that has won 40 straight Olympic contests seeks its fifth consecutive gold medal against upstart France, which has never won a medal in women’s hoops.
— Track and field: gold-medal finals in men’s 4x100-meter relay, men’s 5,000-meter, men’s javelin, women’s 4x400-meter relay, women’s 800 meters, women’s high jump.
— Men’s diving: platform gold medal final.
— Women’s volleyball: gold medal final U.S vs. Brazil.