LONDON — Disappointment, tears and that oh-so-unsatisfying color – bronze – are all in the past for Sanya Richards-Ross.
On this trip to the Olympics, she closed the deal.
Four years after a late fade left her crying and wearing the Olympic bronze medal, Richards-Ross won the 400-meter gold she always thought she could.
Richards-Ross surged to the finish, won by about a body’s length and punched her fist when she crossed the line in 49.55 seconds Sunday night to give the U.S. its first track and field gold medal of the London Olympics.
Defending champion Christine Ohuruogu, of Britain, finished second in 49.70 and American DeeDee Trotter won the bronze in 49.72.
Other champions included Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana (women’s marathon), Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova (women’s triple jump), Hungary’s Krisztian Pars (men’s hammer throw) and Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi (men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase).
BOXING: The Olympics’ year of the woman hit another milestone when women’s boxing made its debut in the games.
The tournament began with 12 entertaining bouts featuring uppercuts, haymakers and footwork that all measure up nicely to the men’s amateur sport.
Russia’s Elena Savelyeva won the first fight with a busy jab and strong combinations. U.S. lightweight Queen Underwood lost a close bout with Britain’s Natasha Jonas.
GYMNASTICS: McKayla Maroney was all set to add the vault title to her team gymnastics gold with the U.S. when she made a costly mistake. She appeared to land her second vault on the backs of her heels. Her feet slid out from under her, and she plopped on the mat, a look of shock crossing her face.
Sandra Izbasa of Romania won the gold, and Russia’s Maria Paseka took the bronze.
BASKETBALL: Diana Taurasi had 22 points and the U.S. women matched their Olympic scoring record in a 114-66 rout of China.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor beat Italy in straight sets in the quarterfinals to remain on track for a third consecutive Olympic gold medal.
VOLLEYBALL: The undefeated U.S. women’s team lost captain and three-time Olympian Lindsey Berg to a left ankle injury during a 27-25, 25-16, 25-19 victory over Turkey.
DIVING: China’s Wu Minxia won the women’s 3-meter springboard for her first individual gold and record-tying sixth career medal.
BADMINTON: Lin Dan led the way as China swept all five badminton gold medals at the Olympics.