2012 London Olympics Central: Day 13

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Betsey Armstrong (Michigan) and the USA water polo squad struck gold today, defeating Spain 8-5 in the gold medal match. The USA women wins its first gold in water polo, after bronze in 2004 and silver in 2008. If you missed it, check it out HERE.

Barbara Spotakova (Minnesota, Czech Republic) can add another gold medal to her collection, as the former Golden Gopher captured gold at her second consecutive Summer Games in the javelin throw. Spotakova notched a distance of 69.55 meters, topping Germany's Christina Obergfoll by over four meters. For the complete standings, click HERE.

Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota) and the USA women's basketball squad defeated Australia 86-73 on Thursday, advancing to Saturday's gold medal match. The USA found themselves down four points after two periods, with Australia connecting on 61 percent of their field goals in the first half. The USA held the Australian team to only nine field goals after the break, outscoring their opponents 43-28 en route to victory. The USA will face France in the gold medal game. Select the links below to view semifinal action.
Russia vs. France (Replay) | USA vs. Australia (Replay)

Head coach Hugh McCutcheon (Minnesota) and the USA women's volleyball squad continued their dominant performance in London on Thursday, defeating Korea in straight sets to earn a spot in Saturday's gold medal match. The USA team, featuring Lindsey Berg (Minnesota), Jordan Larson (Nebraska), Christa Harmotto (Penn State) and Megan Hodge (Penn State), have not dropped a set in five consecutive matches. The USA will now face Brazil in a 2008 gold medal rematch, as the Brazilian squad took down the Americans in 2008.

The Canadian women's soccer team, featuring Emily Zurrer (Illinois), Karina Leblanc (Nebraska), Brittany Timko (Nebraska), Erin McLeod (Penn State), Carmelina Moscato (Penn State) and Lauren Sesselmann (Purdue), claimed a bronze medal this morning with their 1-0 win over France. France attempted 25 shots, including four on goal, but goalkeeper McLeod and defenders Moscato and Sesselman helped to hold the Canadian squad scoreless. If you missed this morning's match, click HERE.

Medalists through Day 13
Betsey Armstrong - women's water polo (gold)

David Boudia - synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold)
Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Derek Drouin - men's long jump (bronze)
Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver)
Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Karina Leblanc - women's soccer (bronze)
Erin McLeod - women's soccer (bronze)
Carmelina Moscato - women's soccer (bronze)
Michael Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Lauren Sesselman - women's soccer (bronze)
Barbara Spotakova - women's javelin (gold)
Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Brittany Timko - women's soccer (bronze)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)
Emily Zurrer - women's soccer (bronze)

* - Olympic Record

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