(Editor’s note: This is the final Gay Watch at the Olympics feature keeping track of the nearly two dozen LGBT athletes at London 2012. But here is a spoiler alert! In the U.S., NBC is tape-delaying much of the London 2012 Olympics on its various stations, yet live-streaming on the Internet. Some of the results listed below may not have yet been broadcast in your area.)
The U.S. women’s basketball team crushed France 86-50 on Saturday at the London 2012 Olympics, winning its fifth consecutive gold medal and again proving to be the best in world competition.
France kept it close in the first quarter, but the U.S. defense was smothering . The offense began piling up the points thanks to an outstanding performance by Candace Parker, whose second-quarter splurge allowed the Americans to build a huge lead. Parker scored four baskets in a row as the Americans powered to a 14-point advantage, and she piled up 21 points for the game.
The U.S. has now won 41 consecutive Olympic basketball games, an unprecedented run on the world stage. The Americans lost a semifinal game in the 1992 Olympics and had to settle for a bronze medal.
Seimone Augustus, the only out player for the Americans, scored eight points in four-of-10 shooting and had one rebound. She played 15 minutes coming off the bench.
Men’s 10m platform diving
Matthew Mitcham, the openly gay diver from Australia, cannot be happy with his performance at the London 2012 Olympics. The defending gold medalist from the 2008 Beijing Olympics finished 13th in the semifinals and failed to qualify for the finals.
“Coming 13th and missing out by one spot is really hard," Mitcham told reporters. "If I had come 18th it would have been easy to say, 'Oh well, I didn't have a chance.'
"It was always going to be a massive struggle for me," said Mitcham, who has struggled with injuries. "I'm always going to be an Olympic champion."
Women’s field hockey
The powerful women’s field hockey team from the Netherland collected the gold medal on Friday with a 2-0 win over Argentina.
The Dutch are led by three lesbians: Marilyn Agliotti, Maartje Paumen and Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel. Van den Heuvel and Paumen scored the two goals for the Netherlands.
(Editor’s note: Ken Williams, Editor in Chief of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, is a former sports writer who has watched every single Olympic Games since he was a kid. He has covered a Super Bowl for Scripps-Howard News, and has attended several World Series games, soccer and baseball playoff games, and even a World Cup soccer match. Williams will be keeping an eye on the LGBT Olympians at the London 2012 Olympics in his ongoing column, Gay Watch at the Olympics.)