Norway prevail in tough battle

International round-up

Champions Norway unfurled an enormous flag on court while Montenegro celebrated their country's first Olympic medal as the London Games women's handball tournament came to a spectacular end on Saturday.

The title holders reigned supreme throughout a tough physical encounter against the tiny Balkan nation, winning 26-23 to defend their Beijing gold and send the large Norwegian support inside the Basketball Arena delirious with joy. 

Spain won the bronze, their first Olympic women's handball medal, with a thrilling 31-29 double extra-time defeat of twice champions South Korea that their coach labelled "historic".

Boudia takes diving gold

David Boudia of the United States won a surprise gold in diving's blue riband 10 metre platform event, handing China their second upset of the Games in the sport.

The gold marks a renaissance in diving by the United States, who had not won an Olympic diving medal since Sydney in 2000 but have won four medals at London 2012.In a nail-biting conclusion on Saturday that went down to the last dive, Boudia scored 568.65, edging China's Qiu Bo, 19, into silver with 566.85, while British pin-up Tom Daley took bronze on 556.95. 

Svoboda claims title

Czech David Svoboda banished his painful memories of Beijing to win modern pentathlon Olympic gold on Saturday, overtaking China's Cao Zhongrong on the final lap of a thrilling combined shoot and run finale.

In 2008, the military officer had been in medal contention before his hopes were dashed during the riding event when his horse fell on him after crashing into a fence, ultimately finishing the competition in a disappointing 28th place.

Carrazana bags gold

Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana beat Mongolia’s Tugstsogt Nyambayar to win the men’s Olympic flyweight boxing gold medal on Sunday. 

Carrazana claimed a 17-14 victory. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko beat South Korean Han Soon-chul to win the men’s lightweight boxing gold medal. 

Russia, Brazil triumph 

Russia beat Brazil 19-25, 20-25, 29-27, 25-22, 15-9 to win the Olympic men's volleyball gold medal on Sunday, fighting back from the brink of a straight-sets defeat to take the decider and seal a 3-2 victory.

Italy beat Bulgaria 25-19, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21 to win the bronze. In the women’s category, Brazil upset the US and retain the Olympic women's volleyball title. Brazil claimed their second women's volleyball title with a 11-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17 victory. Japan beat South Korea 3-0 to win bronze.

Kulhavy wins

Czech Jaroslav Kulhavy made a decisive move in the closing stages to claim the Olympic men's mountain bike title on Sunday after defending champion Julien Absalon of France suffered a game-changing early puncture.

World champion Kulhavy produced an impressive ride on the seven 4.7-kilometre laps on a course overlooking the Thames estuary in Hadleigh Farm, east of London.

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