Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson set the all-time Olympic scoring record in women's basketball Tuesday in a 75-60 win over China. Jackson scored 12 to...
Jackson breaks scoring mark
Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson set the all-time Olympic scoring record in women’s basketball Tuesday in a 75-60 win over China.
Jackson scored 12 to give her 536 points in four consecutive Games. The total surpassed Brazilian Janeth Arcain’s 535 points, set from 1992-2004. American Lisa Leslie had 499 (1996-2008).
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“I am happy, obviously, it’s something that’s nice, but I hope we win Thursday,” Jackson said.
The Aussies play the United States in Thursday’s semifinals. The U.S. advanced to the semifinals with a 75-60 win over Canada. Storm point guard Sue Bird had two points and five assists.
Jackson, a three-time WNBA MVP, missed the opening portion of the Storm’s season to prepare with her Australian team. If the Aussies don’t defeat the four-time defending world champions Thursday, the best Jackson can claim is bronze.
Women’s beach volleyball
American teams to play for gold
It will be an All-American party at beach volleyball when Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor take on April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in Wednesday night’s final.
Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor won gold medals in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008 without losing a match, and they ran their unbeaten streak to 20 with their victory over China in the semifinals.
Ross and Kessy advanced with a 15-21, 21-19, 15-12 win against top-ranked Brazilians Juliana and Larissa.
U.S. will go medal-less
The last American boxer in the men’s tournament was eliminated, giving the U.S. team its first Olympic medal shutout.
Welterweight Errol Spence dropped a 16-11 decision to Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy in the quarterfinals. The Dallas-area fighter started slowly and never got going in his team’s ninth loss in 10 fights.
Britain’s Hoy wins his 6th gold
Track cycling wrapped up at the London Velodrome, and Chris Hoy gave the boisterous crowd one last memory.
Hoy broke the British record with his sixth Olympic gold medal, defending his keirin title to finish off a dominating performance by the home nation.
“Because this is the end, the last Olympics I’m doing, the last Olympic medal I can win, the nature of the whole event,” Hoy said, “this one was probably the best.”
Hoy’s gold gave Britain seven out of 10 awarded at the London Velodrome, matching its haul from the Beijing Games.
Italian competes in 8th Games
Italian kayaker Josefa Idem, 47, became the first woman to compete in eight Olympic Games — and marked the occasion by upstaging a host of younger rivals to qualify for the flagship 500-meter K-1 final.
Women’s water polo
U.S. moves into final
Maggie Steffens scored four goals and the U.S. women’s team topped Australia 11-9 in overtime to reach the Olympic final. The U.S. will meet unbeaten Spain in Thursday’s final.
Seattle Times reporter Jayda Evans and news services