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Uganda's Kiprotich wins marathon gold

By Jay Cohen / Associated Press

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 13, 2012

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Uganda picked up its first and only medal of the games when Stephen Kiprotich easily captured the Olympic marathon.

Kiprotich finished in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 1 second, holding off the Kenyan duo of Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang. Kirui finished 26 seconds behind Kiprotich, while Kipsang, the leader much of the race, faded late but held on for bronze just ahead of American Meb Keflezighi.

On an extremely warm afternoon, the marathoners wound their way through a scenic route packed with swarms of fans. Kiprotich had such a big lead near the finish that he grabbed a flag from the stands and wore it on his way to the finish.

Within seconds of each other, U.S. marathoners Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman were out of the Olympic race. First, Hall dropped out around the 11-mile mark with a tight right hamstring. Then, Abdirahman called it a day because of an aching right knee.

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.

Joshua's big finish in the tournament's glamour division allowed him to match the titles won by bantamweight Luke Campbell and women's flyweight Nicola Adams, part of Britain's five-medal boxing haul that included Freddie Evans' welterweight silver.

WATER POLO

Croatia won its first Olympic gold in men's water polo, getting two second-half goals each from Miho Boskovic and Maro Jokovic to pull away from Italy for an 8-6 win.

With two of the best defenses and goalkeepers -- Italy's Stefano Tempesti and Croatia's Josip Pavic -- in the tournament, the final was a defensive struggle.

Croatia eventually took control of the match early in the second half after Boskovic scored from long distance and then converted a penalty to take a 5-3 lead.

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.

The Russians didn't even bother waiting for the final standings, exchanging hugs and blowing kisses at the camera before the score of Ukraine, the last team to perform, was announced.

Italy was third after appearing to make mistakes on both its routines.

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 middle blocker Dmitriy Muserskiy's 31 points.

The Russians thought they had won it on Muserskiy's kill in the fifth set and began to celebrate, but the officials awarded the point to top-ranked Brazil. After regrouping, Muserskiy came right back to spike match point.

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 made the most of a final steep ascent on the technical circuit in the English countryside to move ahead of Nino Schurter of Switzerland and then sprinted to the line.

Schurter won the silver medal.

MODERN PENTATHLON

The family collection is complete, thanks to Laura Asadauskaite's victory.

Asadauskaite's husband Andrejus Zadneprovskis won silver in modern pentathlon in 2004 and bronze four years later. She grabbed that elusive gold for Lithuania on Sunday when she took the women's modern pentathlon.

"I am immensely excited," she said. "I had a great deal of support from the people of Lithuania. It is only a small country so this means the world to them. I felt very excited and emotional when the crowd cheered for me."






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