Japan has handed the United States its first Olympic softball loss since the 2000 Sydney Games, upsetting the Americans, 3-1, to take the gold medal.  Japanese pitcher Yukiko Ueno shut down the potent U.S. offense Thursday to end the team's 22-game winning streak.

Americans May-Treanor, Walsh score Volleyball Gold

In other action, defending champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the United States won the women's beach volleyball gold medal with a 21-18, 21-18 win over China in a rain-soaked match.

Jamaica continues to dominate sprint events

Veronica Campbell-Brown continued Jamaica's dominance in the sprint events with a gold medal in the women's 200 meters.  She ran a winning time of 21.74 seconds, holding off American Allyson Felix by almost two-10ths of a second. 

LaShawn Merritt helped salvage a disappointing performance by the United States on the Olympic track with a gold medal in the men's 400 meters. 

Cuba wins 110m hurdles

World record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba won the men's 110-meter hurdles gold with a time of 12.93 seconds, while world champion Nelson Evora of Portugal captured the men's triple-jump gold with a leap of 17.67 meters.

Andrey Moiseev of Russia became the first man in 52 years to win back-to-back gold medals in the men's Olympic modern pentathlon, finishing the grueling one-day event with 5632 points.  Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic won the gold medal in the women's javelin throw with a European record toss of 71.42 meters.

Georgian wins men's freestyle wrestling gold

On the mats, Revazi Mindorashvili of Georgia won the gold medal in the men's freestyle wrestling 84-kilogram weight class.  Russia's Shirvani Muradov took gold in the 96-kilo division, while Artur Taymazov of Uzbekistan repeated as the gold medallist in the 120 kilogram freestyle weight class.

South Korea collected a pair of gold medals in taekwondo.  Son Tae-jin scored the winning kick in the final second to defeat American Mark Lopez for the gold medal in the men's 68-kilogram division, while Lim Su-jeong took gold in the women's 57-kilo weight class.

Chinese teenager wins womens' 10m platform diving competition

In water sports, Chinese teenager Chen Ruolin won the women's 10-meter platform diving to give China its seventh gold from seven diving events.  The Netherlands defeated the United States 9-8 in the final to win the women's Olympic water-polo gold medal.

Dutch swimmer Maarten van der Weijden became the first winner of the men's 10 kilometer marathon swim, finishing with a time of 1:5151.6 hours.

Olga Kaniskina of Russia won the 20-kilometer race walk (in a time of 1:26.31 hours).

British sailing pair wins men's Star class event

British sailing pair Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson won gold in the men's Star class while Spaniards Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz took gold in the Tornado catamaran class.

Twenty-four medals will be handed out Thursday.  The United States leads the overall medal count with 93, including 28 gold.  China has the most gold medals with 46 out of its 83 total medals.


Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.