Seen & heard at the London Olympics: Day 16

2012-08-13T00:00:00Z Seen & heard at the London Olympics: Day 16The Associated Press The Associated Press
August 13, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Freestyle wrestling

Cael Sanderson spent the past seven years teaching Jake Varner how to be a world champion - and the two shared a bear hug when Varner joined him as an Olympic gold medalist.

Varner beat Valerie Andriitsev of Ukraine 1-0, 1-0 to win gold Sunday in men's 96-kilogram freestyle wrestling. Coupled with Jordan Burroughs'win at 74 kilograms Friday, it gave the U.S. team multiple Olympic gold medalists in men's wrestling for the first time since 1996.

"Still not sure I'm in his league, but it's awesome to be coached by a guy like that," Varner said about Sanderson, who won gold in 2004 in Athens. "I owe him a lot."

Mountain biking

World champion Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic won a two-man sprint to take the gold medal in the men's mountain bike race.

Kulhavy moved ahead on the final steep ascent on the technical circuit in the English countryside, then sprinted to the line. Schurter won silver and Italy's Marco Aurelio Fontana took bronze.

Americans Todd Wells (10th), who trains in Tucson, and Sam Schultz (15th) posted the best results ever by U.S. men.

"I didn't have a very good start," Wells told Velo News.

"We were in the second chase group. I had bridged up to that, felt strong, started to go across (to the front group) and then I just ran out of juice," added Wells, whose previous best finish was 19th in 2004 in Athens.

Boxing

Britain's final gold of the games went to super heavyweight Anthony Joshua, who rallied from a late deficit to upset defending champ Roberto Cammarelle of Italy on a tiebreaker.

The Brits also saw bantamweight Luke Campbell and women's flyweight Nicola Adams win gold, part of Britain's five-medal boxing haul. Also winning divisions were: Ukrainian lightweight Vasyl Lomachenko, flyweight Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba, welterweight Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan and Russian light heavyweight Egor Mekhontsev. Sapiyev was honored as the tournament's best boxer.

By the numbers

46

Gold medals won by the United States, the most in London and the most ever by Americans in a "road" Olympics. The U.S. also led in overall medals with 104. Host Britain had its best Olympics in more than a century with 29 golds and 65 medals.

Men's volleyball

Russia won its first men's volleyball gold in 32 years by rallying past Brazil in five sets.

Second-ranked Russia dropped the first two sets and faced two match points before putting together an impressive comeback in a 19-25, 20-25, 29-27, 25-22, 15-9 victory, paced by 7-foot-2-inch middle blocker Dmitriy Muserskiy's 31 points.

Italy beat Bulgaria in four sets for the bronze.

Rhythmic gymnastics

The Russians won their fourth straight Olympic gold medal in the group event, easily beating Belarus. With Evgeniya Kanaeva winning the individual all-around Saturday, Russia has now won both rhythmic titles at every Olympics since the 2000 Sydney Games. Italy was third.

Quotable

"I think that is a sign that the system works."

- IOC leader Jacques Rogge,

on 125 athletes being caught in doping tests, including one on the day of competition, seven during the Games and 117 before the Olympics.

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