Tribune Olympic Bureau
11:45 PM PDT, August 11, 2012
After the United States overwhelmed France, 86-50, in the Olympic women's basketball final Saturday in London, new introductions were in order.
"My name is not Angel McCoughtry. My name is Angel McCoughtry, gold medalist," the former St. Frances star said.
The Baltimore native came off the bench to contribute seven points, three steals and two assists in 10 minutes as the Americans used their familiar formula of defense and depth to earn an unprecedented fifth straight gold medal — and McCoughtry's first.
"It feels great," McCoughtry said in quotes provided by USA Basketball. "I feel like I'm on top of the world – there is no greater feeling than this. I am going to wear my gold medal everywhere."
And she plans to carry around a reminder of the victory on the court with her in WNBA games for the Atlanta Dream.
"Now I'm going to change my number to 8," she said. "It's not going to be 35 anymore. Because we just won the gold medal, and I'm feeling good with No. 8 right now – something different."
The United States also posted its 41st consecutive Olympic victory and hasn't lost since the semifinals of the 1992 Games. At game's end, three-time Olympians Tamika Catchings, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi hugged everyone in sight.
Candace Parker came off the bench to score 21 points, including 11 in a dominant second quarter that helped the United States pull away.
The defense limited France to 28 percent shooting in the first half and smothered point guard Celine Dumerc.
But it wasn't necessarily as easy as it looked.
"It was a good game," McCoughtry said. "Everyone keeps saying that we're blowing teams out, but these aren't easy games. Every game is hard, you know, and the scoreboard doesn't show it, but these games are very hard games."
Men's diving: David Boudia captured the 10-meter platform event for the United States' first diving gold medal in 12 years.
After nabbing the final spot in the semifinals Friday night, Boudia passed Britain's Thomas Daley on his sixth and final dive. China's Qui Bo went last and couldn't overtake the American.
It was the first U.S. Olympic diving gold medal since Laura Wilkinson won the women's platform at the 2000 Games.
Qui won silver, only the second time in eight diving events here that China didn't come out on top. The country won six gold medals after going 7-for-8 in Beijing four years ago.
Daley earned bronze over a year after his father died of cancer.
Women's volleyball: Brazil rallied past the top-ranked U.S. and won the gold medal 11-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17.
It looked as if the U.S. women would run away with the gold-medal match when they dominated the first set, but Brazil stormed back to dominate the next three sets.
Also: Coleman Scott of the U.S. won bronze in the freestyle wrestling 132-pound division. ... South Korean soccer player Park Jong-woo, who was photographed carrying a political message about a territorial dispute with Japan after their Olympic bronze-medal game, adhered to official advice and stayed away from the medal ceremony. FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings. ... Russian Evgeniya Kanaeva produced four mesmerizing routines to become the first rhythmic gymnast to win back-to-back individual Olympic all-around golds. ... Syrian women's hurdler Ghfran Almouhamad was expelled from the Olympics after testing positive for a banned substance. ... NBC was asked to cease its ringside boxing commentary because it supposedly was disrupting officials. NBC was offered space elsewhere but decided to leave instead.
Tribune wires contributed
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