London Olympics: seen and heard day 14

2012-08-11T00:00:00Z 2012-08-12T08:29:03Z London Olympics: seen and heard day 14 Arizona Daily Star
August 11, 2012 12:00 am

Wrestling

Wrestler Jordan Burroughs had his eyes on a gold medal for months, and he let everyone know about his plans.

Then he delivered.

Burroughs, a 24-year-old American, backed up all that talk, beating Iran's Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi 1-0, 1-0 in the men's 74-kilogram freestyle division to give the U.S. its first wrestling gold in London.

"A lot of people call it cocky, people call it overconfident," said Burroughs, who selected @alliseeisgold for his Twitter handle. "But I knew I was going to win."

Burroughs, who grew up in New Jersey, has won 38 straight international freestyle matches and is the first Olympian to claim the $250,000 prize from the Living the Dream Medal Fund, a program designed to support U.S. wrestling.

Quotable

"I'm out every night with my family, drunk as a skunk. Wait till you see me tonight. I'll get in at 6, and you all are invited to come out with me."

- U.S. men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, tongue firmly in cheek, after taking exception to a question from a reporter asking if he had to do any coaching, given he had such a talented roster.

Track

There will be no medal for Oscar Pistorius at the London Olympics after the double amputee and his South African teammates finished last in the 4x400-meter relay.

The South Africans were out of the medals by the time Pistorius took the handoff for the anchor leg, with the Bahamians and Americans already around the second curve. His only hope was catching Venezuela, and he wasn't able to do it. The South Africans finished in 3:03.46, almost seven seconds behind the Bahamas.

Synchronized swimming

Russia grabbed the team gold medal for its fourth consecutive team victory and sixth straight overall gold.

The Russians totaled 197.030 points with a free routine featuring swimmers doing acrobatic flips and pirouetting like ballerinas above the water.

China earned the silver at 194.010, and Spain took the bronze four years after winning silver in Beijing.

Field hockey

The Netherlands retained the women's Olympic title with a 2-0 win over world champion Argentina at Riverbank Arena.

Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel and captain Maartje Paumen scored for the Netherlands, which will try for the first-ever Olympic double when the country's men's hockey team takes on Germany on today.

Britain's women won the bronze by defeating New Zealand 3-1 to secure their country's first Olympic field hockey medal in 20 years.

Boxing

Officials who oversee Olympic boxing said Friday that they had asked NBC's announcers, Bob Papa and Teddy Atlas, to move back from their workspace close to the ExCel center ring to one further back. International Boxing Association spokesman Sebastien Gillot said the announcers were "very disturbing" for officials, even for bouts they were not announcing.

Rather than move, Gillot said that NBC decided to leave.

NBC Sports spokesman Greg Hughes said there were two sides to every story.

The big number

44 - Percentage of athletes at the London Games who are women, according to the International Olympic Committee. At the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, women made up only 24 percent of participants.

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