With his giant strides, Usain Bolt of Jamaica set anchor Asafa Powell on the way to a record 37.10 seconds in the 4x100 relay, chopping a massive .30 off the world mark the United States had held for 16 years.
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The gold medal was the third of the Beijing Games for Bolt and the first for Powell.
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Argentina gave LeBron James and the U.S. its toughest game of these Olympics, but the Redeem Team will play for the gold medal after a 101-81 victory.
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Franca Idoko of Nigeria celebrates with teammates Oludamola Osayomi (2512), Halimat Ismaila (2523) and Gloria Kemasuode (2514) after the 4 x 100 relay.
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Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers of the U.S. defeated Marcio Araujo and Fabio Luiz Magalhaes of Brazil in the beach volleyball final on Friday.
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The Americans won 23-21, 17-21 and 15-4, allowing the U.S. to leave Beijing with gold in both the men's and women's beach volleyball competition.
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Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser actually lost their first match of these Games before getting white-hot.
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The start-ramp of the women's semifinals in BMX. In the finals, France's Anne-Caroline Chausson out-pedaled, out-jumped and out-maneuvered the world's best riders to win the inaugural Olympic BMX race at the Laoshan cycling venue.
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Maris Strombergs (1) won Latvia's first gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.
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Strombergs rounded the corner ahead of the pack and completed the distance in 36.192 seconds.
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Mike Day of the U.S. (far right) took home silver in BMX.
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Denis Nizhegorodov of Russia, the silver medallist at the Athens Games and world record holder, took bronze in the race walk.
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American Bryan Clay inched closer to the Olympic decathlon gold on Friday by leaping five meters in the pole vault to go into the evening's last two events 316 points clear of the field.
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Decathlete Bryan Clay of the U.S. in the 110-meter hurdles.
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Jangy Addy of Liberia during the decathlon discus throw.
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Pau Gasol scored a team-high 19 points in helping Spain defeat Lithuania to reach the championship game.
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The cheerleaders came out in force to watch the men's volleyball final.
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Qi Kaifeng of China in the discus portion of the decathlon.
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Brittney Reese of the U.S. finished fifth in the long jump.
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Miguel Ferrera Rodriguez (blue) delivers a blow to Zhu Guo of China.
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Anne-Carolinie Chausson of France (2) and Great Britain's Shanaze Reade battle it out in the BMX final.
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Oblivious to the wreckage behind them, Maris Strombergs, Mike Day and Donny Robinson speed on to a 1-2-3 finish.
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Maris Strombergs of Latvia with his BMX gold medal.
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Riders steer clear of Shanaze Reade of Great Britain in the women's BMX.
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Deontay Wilder of the U.S. (red shorts) fights Clemente Russo of Italy (blue shorts) in the men's heavyweight semifinals.
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