Bolt's Run at History ...

... is a success; and US teen Claressa Shields takes boxing gold
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 9, 2012 6:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – The gold medal won by the US women's soccer team isn't the only big story from the Olympics today:

  • Usain Bolt blew away the field in the 200-meter final, easing up as he crossed the finish line in 19.32 seconds to become the only man with two Olympic titles in the event. Training partner and pal Yohan Blake was second in 19.44, and Warren Weir got the bronze.
  • American teenager Claressa Shields danced, brawled, and even stuck out her tongue. She also managed to win the first middleweight gold medal in women's Olympic boxing. The 17-year-old Shields, from Flint, Mich., was too much for Russian opponent Nadezda Torlopova, posting a 19-12 victory in the final.
  • Maggie Steffens scored five times and the US women's water polo team beat Spain 8-5 to take the Olympic tournament for the first time.
  • American men took the top two spots in the men's decathlon (Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee) and triple jump (Christian Taylor and Will Claye), raising the US track and field total with three days to go to 24 medals.
  • The man known as "Blade Runner" because of his carbon-fiber prosthetics will get a chance to run for an Olympic medal after officials accepted South Africa's protest over a collision and awarded an extra spot in the 4x400 relay. Oscar Pistorius already is the first amputee to compete on a Summer Games track.
(Read more 2012 London Olympics stories.)

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