Olympic Daily Preview - Sunday, August 12th
August 11, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
London, England (Sports Network) - The U.S. men's basketball team will try for a second consecutive gold when it takes on Spain in a rematch of the 2008 title game on Sunday.
Starting when the Dream Team stormed to gold in 1992, the American team has won four of the last five Olympic titles.
The only exception in that stretch was 2004, when the U.S. managed only bronze. But it rebounded in Beijing, and has looked largely overpowering during the London Games. The U.S. beat Australia by 33 in the quarterfinals, then defeated Argentina by 26 in the semis.
Spain edged Russia in the semifinals to get another chance at gold.
The final athletics competition at the London Games, the men's marathon, sets off from The Mall on Sunday.
Kenya's team will be running in memory of Samuel Wanjiru, who won the event four years ago in Beijing, but died last year after falling from a balcony. It is a strong squad, featuring two-time world champion Abel Kirui; this year's London marathon winner, Wilson Kipsang; and 2011 London marathon winner Emmanuel Mutai.
Ethiopia's team features 20-year-old Ayele Abshero, who won this year in Dubai in his marathon debut.
The U.S. team includes Ryan Hall, 2004 marathon silver medalist Meb Keflezighi and Abdihakem Abdirahman.