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Olympics round-up

Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar winning the 5,000 metres.

Defar takes 5,000m title again

Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar won the Olympic women’s 5,000 metres title today in a time of 15 minutes 4.25 seconds.

Defar, the 2004 champion, overtook compatriot and 10,000 gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba in the home straight for victory.

Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot grabbed silver in 15.04.73 as Dibaba, Olympic champion in 2008, faded to finish third.

Defar took a picture out of her top after crossing the line and kissed it before breaking down in tears.

Olympic hosts’ relay team bows out

For the fourth time in five Olympics Britain were disqualified from the men’s 4×100 metres relay today, robbing the 2004 winners of a place in Sunday’s final, the last event of the track programme when they would have been real medal contenders.

Defending champions Jamaica, without the rested Usain Bolt, advanced with a blistering time, as did the United States, to set up another mouth-watering showdown when Bolt will return hoping to complete his “double-treble” having bagged the 100m and 200m.

Spain’s ballers to face US or Argentina

Spain beat Russia 67-59 today to reach the Olympic men’s basketball final for the second successive time.

Spain will meet either 2008 champions United States or 2004 Olympic winners Argentina in Sunday’s gold medal game, while Russia will play for the bronze.

Outplayed in the first half, 2008 Beijing silver medallists Spain dominated play over the last 20 minutes, outscoring the Russians 47-28 to erase an 11-point deficit at the break.

Pau Gasol led Spain with 16 points, while Jose Calderon posted 14 points. Sasha Kaun was top scorer for Russia with 14 points.

Columbia’s BMX gold first for 2012 games

Mariana Pajon, Colombia’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony, earned her country their first gold medal of the London Games when she thundered to victory in the women’s BMX event today.

Pajon, also the second Colombian to win an Olympic gold after weightlifter Maria Isabel Urrutia prevailed in Sydney in 2000, had dominated her three semi-final runs in awe-inspiring fashion. New Zealand’s Sarah Walker took silver and Dutchwoman Laura Smulders claimed bronze.

Mellouli takes pool and open water medals

Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli became the first swimmer to win pool and open water medals at a single Olympics as he surged to the 10km title in Hyde Park.

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