The United States took a two-set lead against Russia in preliminary round play on Saturday, but ultimately lost 3-2. It snapped an 11-match winning streak in Olympic play, dating to the Americans’ undefeated march to the gold medal in Beijing.
The fifth-ranked U.S. would have clinched the top seed in its pool with a victory. It gets another chance on Monday against Tunisia.
Maxim Mikhaylov scored 27 points and Sergey Tetyukhin added 21 for No. 2 Russia in the 27-29, 19-25, 26-24, 25-16, 15-8 victory.
Matt Anderson scored 18 points for the U.S. men, who had won three straight matches to open the games.
Two-time gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor beat the Netherlands in straight sets to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.
The Americans topped Marleen van Iersel and Sanne Keizer 21-13, 21-12.
Nicola Spirig of Switzerland won the gold medal in a photo finish with Sweden’s Lisa Norden at the Olympic triathlon. The end of the race was so close that both women celebrated after crossing the line. Spirig and Norden were given the same time — 1 hour, 59.48 seconds — and Spirig was declared the winner after a few minutes of uncertainty.
China’s Wu Mingxia cruised into the 3-meter springboard final after qualifying in the top spot during the Olympic semifinals.
Wu, who is seeking her record-tying sixth Olympic diving medal, totaled 394.400 points in the five rounds, giving her a lead of 32.30 points over second-place Tania Cagnotto of Italy, who had 362.100.
American Jamie Lynn Gray won the gold medal in women’s 50-meter three-position rifle shooting, setting two Olympic records along the way.
Gray clinched gold on her final shot with a 10.8 — just 0.1 off a perfect score.
Vanja Udovicic scored three goals and Serbia beat the United States 11-6 in the men’s tournament.
It was the first loss in London for the Americans, who will face three-time defending champion Hungary in their last group game.
Britain’s women’s pursuit team won in 3 minutes, 14.051 seconds to lower the world record they set earlier in the day. The U.S. grabbed the silver medal, and Canada beat Australia for the bronze.
Triumphs for Britain in men’s four and the lightweight women’s double sculls sparked more jubilation at Dorney Lake and took the host country’s tally of golds to four, one more then New Zealand.
Britain finished with nine medals — four golds, two silvers and three bronzes — to surpass the country’s record total of eight from the 1908 Olympics.
New Zealand beat the United States 3-2 in the women’s tournament, preventing the Americans from reaching the medal round.
The troubled women’s doubles tournament concluded with China’s Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei defeating Japan’s Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa 21-10, 25-23 in the final.