USA Strikes Gold in the London Pool Monday

Ken Bell

American gold in the pool
LONDON (AP) – Americans were shining as bright as the medals they won in the Olympic swimming pool today.
Seventeen-year-old Missy Franklin earned her first Olympic gold medal by winning the women's 100-meter backstroke. Franklin covered the distance in 58.33 seconds just 10 minutes after earning the eighth and final spot in the 200-meter freestyle final.
American teammate Matt Grevers (GREE'-vurz) made it a backstroke sweep for the U.S. with an Olympic record time of 52.16 seconds in the men's 100-meters. That was 38-hundreths of a second faster than the old mark set by American Aaron Peirsol at the Beijing Olympics four years ago. The U.S. earned a 1-2 finish in the event with Nick Thoman winning the silver medal.
Rebecca Soni (SOH'-nee) missed a gold medal in the women's 100-meter breaststroke by eight-hundredths of a second. The world champion had to settle for silver.
On the other hand, world champion Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) was shut out of the medals in the 200-meter freestyle, finishing a disappointing fourth. The gold went to France's Yannick Agnel, who finished more than a second and a half in ahead of the competition.
Williams sisters advance
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – The Williams sisters posted Olympic victories on the familiar grass of the All England Club.
Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus began her bid for a record fourth Olympic gold medal by beating Sara Errani (ehr-RAH'-nee) of Italy, 6-3, 6-1 in a rain-delayed first-round match.
Twenty minutes later, Serena closed out a 6-2, 6-3 second-round victory over Urszula Radwanska (rahd-VAHN'-skuh) of Poland.
The sisters later won their opening doubles match, beating Sorana Cirstea and Simona Halep of Romania 6-3, 6-2.
American Varvara Lepchenko finished off a rain-suspended three-set victory to move into round two.
In men's play, seven-time Wimbledon champ and world No. 1 Roger Federer of Switzerland needed less than an hour to dispose of second-round opponent Julien Benneteau (ZHOO'-lee-ehn BEHN'-eh-toh) of France 6-2, 6-2.
Two-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick of the U.S. topped Slovakia's Martin Klizan 7-5, 6-4 in his rain-delayed Olympic opener.
And fellow American John Isner (IHZ'-nur) smacked 154 aces while advancing to the third round in straight sets.
Americans fail to medal
LONDON (AP) – In a major surprise, the U.S. men's gymnastics team failed to win a medal in the team competition. The Americans were leading after qualifying but fell to fifth place in the final standings. They were attempting to claim their first gold medal since 1984, but that fell apart with a dismal showing on the pommel horse.
China won the gold, followed by Japan and Great Britain. It was the first gymnastics medal for the British men in a century.
U.S. has another diving medal
LONDON (AP) – Nick McCrory and David Boudia (BOO'-dee-ay) of the U.S. took the bronze medal in men's 10-meter synchronized platform. It comes a day after Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston broke an American medal drought in diving that stretched back to the 2000 Games in Sydney. The duo captured silver in the women's 10-meter syncronized springboard, behind China. The 2008 Olympic hosts won Monday's men's event, as well.
Malloy medals
LONDON (AP) – American Marti Malloy won a bronze medal in the 57-kilogram division of the women's judo competition.
Kaori Matsumoto won Japan's first gold in London in the martial art it invented.
Americans stay unbeaten
LONDON (AP) – The U.S. women's volleyball team defeated Brazil 3-1 in an early-round rematch of the Beijing Games final won by the Brazilians.
Destinee Hooker had 23 points and Jordan Larson added 18 for the top-ranked Americans, who won 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 to improve to 2-0 in pool play.
U.S. eeks out a win
LONDON (AP) – Maggie Steffens scored seven goals in her Olympic debut, and the United States beat Hungary 14-13 at the London Games.
The 19-year-old Steffens led the way for the gold medal favorites with sharp shooting from outside.
The U.S. has finished on the podium at every Olympics since the women's game debuted in 2000, taking home bronze in 2004 and silver in 2000 and 2008.
Solo stays with Chastain rant
MANCHESTER, England (AP) – U.S. women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo didn't back down Monday from her Twitter outburst against NBC analyst Brandi Chastain, saying the tweets were her way of expressing her opinion about the quality of television announcers.
Solo addressed the matter briefly on her 31st birthday during the team's tour of historic Old Trafford stadium, where the Americans will play North Korea on Tuesday. She didn't apologize or express regret, and she answered only one question about the matter.
Solo railed against Chastain's commentary following the Americans' 3-0 win over Colombia on Saturday, upset over Chastain's criticisms of the team's defensive play.
Another victim of social media
LONDON (AP) – A Swiss soccer player has been expelled from the Olympics for allegedly for a racist message on Twitter.
Swiss media report that Michel Morganella posted an offensive tweet about South Korean people after the Swiss team lost 2-1 to South Korea on Sunday.
The 23-year-old defender is the second Olympic athlete kicked off a team for offensive Twitter comments. Greece dropped triple jumper Voula Papachristou (VOO'-luh pah-puh-KRIS'-too) last week after a comment mocking African immigrants.