Roundup: U.S. women rout Colombia in soccer 3-0
Abby Wambach lay on her stomach, kicking the turf in pain from a freshly minted black eye. Had she been somewhere other than a soccer field, she might have responded differently to her aggressor.
Instead, she merely broke the U.S. women's soccer record for goals at the Olympics.
Wambach's second-half goal put her atop the all-time list Saturday as the Americans dominated feisty Colombia 3-0 in Glasgow, Scotland, guaranteeing a spot in the quarterfinals of the London Games soccer tournament.
Megan Rapinoe scored in the first half and celebrated by wishing injured teammate Ali Krieger a happy birthday, and Carli Lloyd had a late goal in her return to the starting lineup.
But niceties were otherwise few and far between in a game that included 30 fouls - with no altercation more painful than when Lady Andrade hit Wambach in the face in the 39th minute.
"I'm running toward the goal to get position, and I got sucker-punched," said Wambach, sporting a black semicircle under her swollen right eye after the game. "It's clear. We have it on film, so it's up to the Olympic committee and FIFA to decide what to do."
Wambach said Andrade kept on taunting in the second half and attempted another blow to the face - but missed and hit Wambach's neck instead. When Wambach scored in the 74th minute to make the score 2-0, the achievement felt particularly sweet.
"Absolutely. It's interesting - you think about yourself and what you would do on the street if somebody were to sucker-punch you," Wambach said. "And you have all of the lists of things that you would probably do to retaliate, but this is Olympics and I can't risk getting a red card, I can't risk getting a yellow card. We like to call it 'ice' - stay ice cold. They're trying to get me to retaliate, and I'm proud of myself for not doing that."
Andrade called the play an accident.
"Nothing happened," she said through an interpreter. "It was just a normal part of the game. We were both running, she ran across me and we collided. I had my hands in the air. It was an accident."
Told that Wambach wants Andrade disciplined by the governing bodies, the Colombian said: "I think they should be, too, because they're the United States. The whistle always goes in their favor. They were hitting us and hitting us, but there was never a whistle."
In other Saturday action:
TENNIS - Switzerland's Roger Federer, a four-time Olympian, overcame a jittery patch and beat Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. The top-ranked Swiss star was a point from victory in the second set, then lost three of his next four service games. But he recovered in time to avoid the upset.
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama watched from the front row of Serena Williams' box as the fourth-seeded American beat former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-1 on Centre Court.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL - Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor, who are trying for a third consecutive gold medal, beat Australians Tasmin Hinchley and five-time Olympian Natalie Cook in the final match 21-18, 21-19. The No. 2 U.S. men's team of Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb needed just 33 minutes to put away South Africans Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmidt.
BOXING - Americans Joseph Diaz Jr. and Terrell Gausha posted impressive victories on the first day of the boxing competition. Diaz looked sharp in a 19-9 victory over Ukraine bantamweight Pavlo Ishchenko in the tournament's opening bout, while Gausha knocked down Armenian middleweight Andranik Hakobyan twice in the final 7 seconds of his middleweight bout, winning by stoppage with no time on the clock.
VOLLEYBALL - Destinee Hooker had 21 points and the United States held off late-charging South Korea 3-1 in their opening match. The fans at Earls Court chanted "Des-tin-ee! Des-tin-ee!" at one point as she dominated in the 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21 victory.
The U.S., which won the silver medal in Beijing and is ranked No. 1 in the world, jumped out to a 17-11 lead in the first set after one of Hooker's seemingly effortless spikes, helping set the tone for the match.
ARCHERY - Italy won the gold in the men's team event, beating the U.S. by one point on the final shot. It was America's first medal of the games.
Michele Frangilli, Marco Galiazzo and Mauro Nespoli hugged and raised their hands in celebration after the final arrow beat the U.S. 219-218 at Lord's Cricket Ground.
ROWING - The United States and Germany won heats in the blue-riband men's eight, leaving a host of top crews to vie for places in the final.
Only one crew progresses from each heat. The Germans, unbeaten in three years, finished a half length ahead of Britain at Dorney Lake. Olympic champion Canada came in last in a race fit for the final.
The U.S. beat Australia by a half length to reach Wednesday's final, which should be one of the regatta highlights.
FENCING - Elisa Di Francisca completed an Italian sweep in the Olympics' individual foil, winning the gold 12-11 in overtime against countrywoman Arianna Errigo.
Errigo beat three-time defending champion Valentina Vezzali 15-12 in the semifinals, denying her Italian teammate a chance to become the first female athlete to win individual gold at four consecutive Olympics.
JUDO - Sarah Menezes of Brazil and Arsen Galstyan of Russia won the first two golds in the judo competition. The second-ranked Menezes beat defending Olympic champion Alina Dumitru of Romania in the women's 48-kilogram final. Galstyan defeated one of the 60-kg favorites, Hiroaki Hiroaka of Japan, for his first Olympic medal.
SHOOTING - South Korean marksman Jin Jong-oh won the 10-meter air pistol gold medal, improving on his silver in Beijing. Italian police officer Luca Tesconi won the silver, and Andrija Zlatic of Serbia took the bronze.
Top-ranked Yi Siling of China captured the first gold medal of the Olympics in the women's 10-meter air rifle at Royal Artillery Barracks. Sylwia Bogacka of Poland took the silver for her first major medal, and Yu Dan of China went home with the bronze.
HANDBALL - Defending champion Norway lost 24-23 to France in their Group B opener in women's handball. Three-time Olympic champion Denmark got a victory in Group B, edging Sweden 21-18.
WEIGHTLIFTING - Wang Mingjuan of China won the first gold medal of the weightlifting competition, taking the women's 48-kilogram title with a total weight of 205 kilograms. The four-time world champion dominated the competition.
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