LONDON – Here’s what you might have missed from this past weekend’s action in London:
Colombian cyclist Rigoberto Urán: The 25-year-old native of Urrao became the 12th Colombian to medal all-time at the Olympics when he took second in the 249.5 kilometer road cycling race behind Alexander Vinokourov of Kazakhstan. Urán and Vinokourov broke away from the pack, setting the stage for a fantastic finish. As the two neared the finished line, Vinokourov pulled away in the final 200 meters to take the gold. “I didn’t lose my concentration. We’d done the last 10 kilometers at full speed,” Urán told reporters. “I looked to my right and suddenly Alexander took off. I didn’t have anything left for a sprint. It was a very long day.”
Honduran men’s soccer team: Jerry Bengtson’s goal off a header seven minutes into the match lifted his team to a huge, 1-0 win over Spain in Group D play that knocked the Spaniards out of medal contention. Bengtson also scored both of Honduras’ goals in a 2-2 draw against Morocco to open the Olympics. Honduras can advance to the quarterfinals by tying Japan in its final game of pool play.
Brazil’s men’s basketball team: Leandro Barbosa scored 16 points to power his team to a 75-71 win over Australia in the first game of pool play for both teams. After Brazil led by 11 points in the third quarter, Australia pulled to within 73-31 with five seconds left, but Brazilian captain Marcelinho Huertas made two free throws with five seconds left to secure the win. Huertas finished with 15 points.
Here’s what you should keep an eye on July 31:
Men’s volleyball: Brazil, which opened pool play with a 3-0 win over Tunisia on July 29, looks to remain undefeated in Group B against Russia.
Women’s field hockey: Argentina looks to improve to 2-0 in Group B when it faces the United States. Argentina opened group play with a 7-1 win over South Africa on July 29.
Women’s soccer: Colombia looks for its first win in its final game in pool play when it faces France. Colombia fell to North Korea and the United States in its first two matches.