LONDON — Wrestler Jordan Burroughs had his eyes on a gold medal for months, and he let everyone know about his plans.
Then he delivered.
The 24-year-old American backed up all that talk, beating Iran’s Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi 1-0, 1-0 in the men’s 74-kilogram freestyle division to give the U.S. its first wrestling gold of these Olympics.
“A lot of people call it cocky, people call it overconfident,” said Burroughs, who selected (at)alliseeisgold for his Twitter handle. “But I knew I was going to win.”
Burroughs has won 38 consecutive international freestyle matches and is the first Olympian to claim the $250,000 prize from the Living the Dream Medal Fund, a program designed to support U.S. wrestling.
An hour after beating Goudarzi, the tweet-happy Burroughs posted a shot of himself beaming beside his gold.
BASKETBALL: Pau Gasol scored 16 points and Jose Calderon added 14 – 12 in the second half – as Spain rallied for a 67-59 win over Russia in men’s basketball , setting up a second consecutive final against the U.S.
Spain, the world’s No. 2-ranked team, shot just 21 percent in the opening half and trailed by 11 but recovered to keep alive its hopes of winning a first Olympic gold medal.
VOLLEYBALL: Brazil defeated Italy 25-21,
25-12, 25-21 in men’s volleyball, earning its third consecutive trip to the gold-medal match, this time against Russia.
Russia beat Bulgaria 25-21, 25-15, 23-25, 25-23 in the other semifinal.
SOCCER: Park Chu-young scored a brilliant individual goal to lead South Korea to a 2-0 victory over Japan and a bronze medal in men’s soccer.
BOXING: Lightweight Vasyl Lomachenko and two Ukrainian teammates advanced to gold-medal bouts with semifinal victories.
Lomachenko, Chinese light flyweight Zou Shiming and Italian super heavyweight Roberto Cammarelle all earned the right to fight during the final weekend for their second consecutive Olympic gold medals.
TRACK AND FIELD: Turkey’s Alsi Cakir Alptekin (women’s 1,500 meters), Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar (women’s 5,000 meters) Russia’s Tatyana Lysenko (women’s hammer throw) and France’s Renaud Lavillenie (men’s pole vault) were winners at Olympic Stadium.
WATER POLO: Led by Valentino Gallo’s three goals, Italy upset Serbia 9-7 to advance to the final against undefeated Croatia, which beat Montenegro 7-5 in the other semifinal.
FIELD HOCKEY: The Netherlands retained the women’s title with a 2-0 victory over world champion Argentina.
HANDBALL: France is one victory away from retaining its Olympic handball title, after defeating 2004 champion Croatia 25-22 in the semifinals. In the first semifinal, Sweden edged Hungary 27-26.
SWIMMING: Ous Mellouli, of Tunisia, won the grueling 10-kilometer race to become the first swimmer to win medals in the pool and open water at the same Olympics.
SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING: Russia grabbed the team gold medal for its fourth consecutive team victory and sixth consecutive overall gold.
SAILING: The Americans failed to win an Olympic sailing medal for the first time since 1936.
BMX: Latvia’s Maris Strombergs defended his BMX title, taking the lead at the start and never relinquishing it.