A year ago, Jordan Burroughs changed his Twitter handle to (at)alliseeisgold. On Thursday, Burroughs promised to tweet a picture of himself...
American backs up boasts
A year ago, Jordan Burroughs changed his Twitter handle to (at)alliseeisgold.
On Thursday, Burroughs promised to tweet a picture of himself holding the Olympic gold medal. He delivered on Friday night — on the mat and on Twitter.
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The boastful 24-year-old American backed up all his talk, beating Iran’s Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi 1-0, 1-0 in the men’s freestyle 74-kilogram division to give the U.S. its first wrestling gold medal at the London Games.
“A lot of people call it cocky, people call it overconfident,” Burroughs said. “But I knew I was going to win.”
Burroughs beat Denis Tsargush of Russia in a tight semifinal, then got past Goudarzi in a rematch of their world-championship bout in 2011.
Burroughs, who grew up in New Jersey, has won 38 straight international freestyle matches and is the first Olympian to claim the $250,000 prize from the Living the Dream Medal Fund, a program designed to support U.S. wrestling.
Great reviews from first year
Women’s boxing was a big hit in its first Olympics. It could get even bigger in Rio.
The debut tournament got rave reviews from fans, boxers and Olympic officials who loved the sold-out crowds, evenly matched bouts and the emergence of stars on the international stage, including U.S. teenager Claressa Shields, Ireland’s Katie Taylor and Britain’s Nicola Adams.
IOC President Jacques Rogge says he’s thrilled the competition removed any doubt of the sport’s Olympic worthiness. AIBA President Wu Ching-Kuo is determined to at least double the Olympic field for the 2016 Games in Brazil.
And Taylor can’t wait to see what happens over the next four years after these four days of history in the London ring.
“Hopefully there are a lot of young girls sitting at home watching this, and they will realize this is what they can work towards,” said Taylor, who won gold in the lightweight final. “This is amazing for women’s boxing.”
Strombergs wins another gold
Maris Strombergs of Latvia won gold in 2008. Now he has two.
Strombergs defended his BMX title over a harrowing course in Olympic Park, taking the lead at the start and never relinquishing it. He cruised across the finish line in 37.576 seconds to add to the title he won in Beijing, when the sport made its Olympic debut.
“It’s just amazing,” Strombergs said. “I think everyone at home, they watched the race, and deep inside they were hoping I could repeat, and I think my country believed in me.”
Former world champion Mariana Pajon won the women’s BMX competition, giving Colombia its first gold at the London Games.
With David Beckham watching from the stands, Pajon hit form at the right time.
Tunisian makes history
Ous Mellouli of Tunisia won the grueling 10-kilometer race to become the first swimmer to win medals in the pool and open water at the same Olympics.
Mellouli pulled away from a small group of leaders in the fifth of six laps and finished in 1 hour, 49 minutes, 55.1 seconds in the murky waters of the Serpentine in Hyde Park. He also won bronze in the 1,500-meter freestyle last week.
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