MANILA, Philippines – In the Olympics, Brazil retained the women’s volleyball crown they won four years ago in Beijing, as they survived a shaky start to stun the United States.
Team USA, ranked No. 1 in the world, showed their class in the first set, but Brazil kept their composure to turn the match on its head.
Jacqueline Carvalho led Brazil with 18 points to claim their second women’s volleyball title.
In athletics, Usain Bolt anchored Jamaica to victory in a blistering men’s 4x100 meters final as they retained their title in a world record 36.84-seconds.
Bolt’s teammates Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake set Bolt up to complete the record time.
They broke their previous world record, set at the world championships in South Korea last year.
With the win, Bolt fittingly brought the Olympic track-and-field program to a spectacular end.
In Beijing, Bolt won the 100m, 200m, and 4x100-m relay golds, all in world record time.
Meanwhile, world champion Mo Farah secured Britain’s first Olympic medal in the men’s 5,000-meters.
Farah, who finished with a time of 13 minutes, 41.66 seconds, became the seventh man to win both the 5,000-m and 10,000-m events at the same Olympics.
In football, Mexico won the Olympics men’s soccer title for the first time, as they stunned favorites Brazil 2-1.
Oribe Peralta put Mexico ahead after only 28 seconds and added another goal in the 75th minute with a header.
Hulk replied for Brazil in stoppage time, but it was not enough.
It was Brazil’s third defeat in an Olympic final, after previous losses in 1984 and 1988.
Meanwhile, the United States extended their long reign in the Olympics, by claiming their fifth successive gold in women’s basketball.
Team USA beat France 86-50. The win ensures the Americans extended their Olympic winning streak to 41 games, dating back 20 years to their bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games. -- Dateline Philippines, ANC, August 12, 2012.