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Bolt has another Olympic gold in Beijing

Bolt has another Olympic gold in Beijing

Usain Bolt won another Olympic gold medal in world record time Friday at the Beijing Games, this time with some company.
The 21-year-old Jamaican sprinter led his country's 4x100-meter relay team to a first-place finish at the Bird's Nest _ by about 20 lengths over second-place Trinidad and Tobago.
Bolt and Co. did it in a time of 37.10 seconds, improving on the 37.40 record set by the United States in 1992 and repeated in 1993.
"You can't explain the feeling you feel after the greatest Olympics ever," Bolt said.
The win added to Bolt's earlier individual sprint golds in world-record times over 100 and 200 meters, the first time that's been achieved in Olympic history.
On Friday, Bolt kept running toward the finish line even after passing the baton to former 100 world record-holder Asafa Powell for the anchor leg. Nesta Carter and Michael Frater were other members of the Jamaican team.
The Jamaican women's team, however, messed up the second exchange in their relay. Featuring two-time Olympic 200 champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and led off by 100 champion Shelly-Ann Fraser, Jamaica was aiming for a fifth straight sprint gold medal in Beijing.
Russia won in 42.31 seconds, with world championship bronze medalist Belgium getting silver and Nigeria picking up bronze.
Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia won the 5,000 to complete an Olympic distance double. Dibaba, the world record holder, won the race in 15:41.40, her second gold of the Beijing Games after her triumph in the 10,000.
Bryan Clay won the decathlon, the first American man to win the 10-discipline event at the Olympics since 1996, while Maurren Higa Maggi of Brazil won gold in the women's long jump with a leap of 7.04 meters.
Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser of the United States won the men's beach volleyball gold medal, beating Fabio and Marcio of Brazil 23-21, 17-21, 15-4.
Dalhausser blocked four straight Brazilian shots in the deciding set to turn it into a rout.
"When he gets on a roll, I just pull out my pompons and give a little cheer and keep smiling and clapping," Rogers said. "That's what good blockers do."
The American win came a day after Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor fought driving rain to win their second straight gold for the U.S. women.
"We're in good company," Rogers said.
Sunshine and high humidity posed problems for the 50-kilometer walkers Friday, with Alex Schwazer of Italy taking men's gold ahead of Jared Tallent of Australia in 30 degree C (85 degree F) temperatures.
World champion Maris Strombergs of Latvia won the gold medal in men's BMX cycling, holding off Americans Mike Day and Donny Robinson for the title. Anne-Caroline Chausson of France took gold in the women's race.
Six canoe and kayak finals were held, with Attila Vajda of Hungary winning the men's 1,000-meter canoe single, Tim Brabants of Britain getting gold in 1,000 kayak and Germany, made up of Nicole Reinhardt, Fanny Fischer, Katrin Wagner-Augustin and Conny Wassmuth, winning the women's 500 kayak four.
Martin Hollstein and Andreas Ihle of Germany won gold in the men's 1,000 kayak double, brothers Andrei and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich of Belarus the men's 1,000 canoe and another Belarussian crew _ Raman Piatrushenka, Aliaksei Abalmasau, Artur Litvinchuk and Vadzim Makhneu _ the 1,000 kayak four.
The Netherlands defeated China 2-0 to win the gold medal in women's field hockey.
Hwang Kyung-seon won South Korea's third gold medal in taekwondo while Hadi Saei of Iran captured the men's 80-kilogram class after an upset sent favorite Steven Lopez of the United States to a quarterfinal loss. Hwang won the women's 67-kg class.
Zhang Yining of China defeated teammate Wang Nan to win the gold medal in women's singles table tennis. Earlier, the host country clinched all three medals when Guo Yue beat Li Jia Wei of Singapore for bronze.
Lena Schoneborn of Germany won gold in the women's modern pentathlon. Schoneborn led after the first four events and held on for the first-place finish despite finishing ninth in the 3,000-meter run.
In men's football, Jo scored two goals and Diego added a third as Brazil beat Belgium 3-0 to win the bronze medal. Brazil came to Beijing looking for its first Olympic gold in football, but lost to Argentina in the semifinals.
The powerful United States men's basketball team advanced to the gold medal final, as expected, with a 101-81 win over Argentina. They'll play Spain, 91-86 winners over Lithuania earlier Friday, in Sunday's final.
Also, Lyudmila Blonska was stripped of her Olympic silver medal in the heptathlon for doping. The Ukrainian athlete was disqualified and kicked out of the Beijing Games by the International Olympic Committee after testing positive for a steroid after finishing second in the heptathlon.
She was temporarily suspended by the IOC on Thursday, and her medal was officially removed Friday. Blonska was also dropped from Friday's long jump final.
Blonska faces a lifetime ban because it was her second doping offense. She is the biggest name among the five athletes who have tested positive so far at the games.