The U.S. routed Australia 92-65 for the women’s basketball gold medal. It is the fourth straight gold for the U.S., and the third straight year they beat Australia for the gold. Earlier in the day, Becky Hammon led Russia to the bronze, beating China 94-81.
The U.S. swept the men’s and women’s 4x400-meter relays, finishing a disappointing Olympics for American sprinters on a high note.
Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, winner of the 10,000-meters, won the men’s 5,000-meters with an Olympic record time. Kenyans won the silver and bronze, while American Bernard Lagat finished ninth.
Kenya’s Nancy Jebet Langat pulled a shocking upset in the women’s 1500-meters as defending champion and favorite Bahrain’s Maryam Yusuf Jamal fadd to fifth place. Ukranians Iryna Lishchynska and Nataliya Tobias finished second and third.
The final night of track and field saw Wilfred Bungei of Kenya win the men’s 800-meters, Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway defend his men’s javelin throw gold, and Tia Hellebaut of Belgium win the women’s high jump.
Australia’s Matthew Mitcham stunned the home crowd as he beat China’s Zhou Luxin for the men’s 10-meter platform gold. Luxin, who was expected to complete a Chinese sweep of all eight diving events, finished second and Russian Gleb Galperin finished third.
Angel di Maria scored the only goal as Argentina beat Nigeria 1-0 for the men’s soccer gold.
Five boxing golds were awarded Saturday
, but they were overshadowed by allegations of rigged fights. International Boxing Association official Rudel Obreja announced that that the organization had been investigating “possible attempts of manipulation” for over two months, and was promptly suspended for revealing the investigation. AIBA President Wu Ching-kuo commented, “We need re-education and re-training to achieve a higher level. No more cheating, no more manipulation but better referee judges.”
U.S. women’s volleyball lost in four sets to Brazil in the gold medal match. China won bronze, beating Cuba.
Korea beat Cuba 3-2 for the baseball gold medal. Cuba loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Yuliesky Gourriel hit into a game-ending double play. Earlier in the day, the U.S. beat Japan 8-4 for the bronze.
Cuban taekwondo competitor Angel Matos kicked a referee in the face after he was disqualified in the bronze medal match. The World Taekwondo Federation has recommended that Matos receive a lifetime ban.
Six athletes from six different countries won golds in Saturday’s flatwater canoeing action.
Duet champions Anastasia Davydova and Anastasia Ermakova led Russia to the synchronized swimming team routine final, completing a sweep of the two synchronized swimming events.
Norway won women’s handball gold, beating Russia 34-27 in the final. Korea won the bronze over Hungary.
European champion Evgeniya Kanaeva of Russia won the women's rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around finals, with Inna Zhoukova of Belarus winning the silver and Anna Bessonova of Ukraine winning bronze.
Ma Lin beat favorite Wang Hao to win the men’s singles table tennis gold, completing a Chinese sweep of all four table tennis competitions. Wang Liqin won the bronze, giving China all six medals in men’s and women’s singles.
Germany won men’s field hockey gold, defeating Spain 1-0 on a Christopher Zeller goal in the 16th minute. Australia won bronze, beating the Netherlands 6-2.