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Jamaicans complete Olympic sprint sweep

Jamaicans complete Olympic sprint sweep

The Jamaican sprint sweep at the Olympics was completed Thursday by Veronica Campbell-Brown.
To make it even worse for the U.S. team, both the men's and the women's teams failed to make it out of the first round in the 4x100-meter relay, each missing a handoff.
And on a night that kept getting worse for the Americans, the defending champion U.S. softball team lost to Japan 3-1 and their top-ranked women's water polo team was defeated by the Netherlands 9-8.
Campbell-Brown, the defending champion in the women's 200, made it two in a row, winning the final sprint race of the Beijing Games in 21.74 seconds.
World champion Allyson Felix of the United States never fully recovered from a poor start and finished second in 21.93. Another Jamaican, Kerron Stewart, was third in 22.00.
Campbell-Brown's win was the fourth in four sprints for Jamaicans at the Bird's Nest. Usain Bolt won both the men's 100 and 200 _ setting a world record in each _ and Shelly-Ann Fraser the women's 100.
The U.S. men's relay team was knocked out of contention when Darvis Patton failed to hand the baton over to anchor Tyson Gay. In the other race, anchor Lauryn Williams flubbed her exchange with Torri Edwards.
"I went to grab it and there was nothing," said Gay, who came into the games as a double gold favorite but came away empty-handed, even without a baton.
"It's kind of the way it's been happening to me this Olympics. I take full blame for it. ... I kind of feel I let them down."
Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic won the women's javelin on her final throw, setting a European record of 71.42 meters.
Maria Abakumova led at 70.78 until the penultimate throw of the competition, and then failed to do better than with her final attempt. Christina Obergfoell of Germany, the silver medalist at the last two worlds, was third with a throw of 66.13.
Olga Kaniskina also won gold at the Bird's Nest, finishing first in the 20-kilometer walk in an Olympic record of 1:26:31.
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh played through the rain to win their second straight gold medal in beach volleyball.
The American duo extended their winning streak to 108 matches in a 21-18, 21-18 win over Wang Jie and Tian Jia of China.
"The rain makes it better," Walsh said. "We felt like warriors out there."
That was about as good as the Americans fared on a day when the weather played havoc with the schedule, even pushing a pair of BMX cycling events back a day.
The American softball team had been trying to win a fourth straight gold medal in the sport's final appearance. The last time the U.S. team lost an Olympic game was at the 2000 Sydney Games, a stretch of 22 straight wins.
Danielle de Bruijn scored seven goals, including the game-winner with 26 seconds left, as the Netherlands beat the U.S. in water polo.
"I don't think I've ever quite seen that," United States coach Guy Baker said. "It is up there with some of the great performances, especially because she (de Bruijn) did it at the Olympics. We were trying to get her stopped, but she's always been a good scorer."
Dutch swimmer Maarten van der Weijden, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2001, won gold in the men's 10-kilometer open water race in a three-way sprint.
"I think the leukemia taught me to think step by step," said Van der Weijden, who won in 1:51:51.6. "When you're laying in the hospital bed and feeling so much pain and feeling so tired, you don't want to think about next week or next month, you're only thinking about the next hour."
David Svoboda of the Czech Republic set an Olympic modern pentathlon record for shooting points, but Andrey Moiseev of Russia took the gold.