Updated: 06/08/2012 08:19 | By pa.press.net

Williams' doubles act pays dividends



Serena, right, and Venus Williams made Olympic tennis history on Sunday

Serena, right, and Venus Williams made Olympic tennis history on Sunday

Venus and Serena Williams became the first players to win four Olympic tennis titles after being crowned women's doubles champions.

Less than 24 hours after Serena joined older sister Venus as a three-time gold medallist with a crushing victory in the singles - completing the career golden slam in the process - the United States pair saw off Czech Republic duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4 6-4.

Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana took gold in the Olympic marathon by claiming a surprise victory in London in an Olympic record of two hours 23.07 minutes, while the great Lin Dan successfully defended his Olympic badminton crown with another thrilling victory over arch-rival Lee Chong Wei, and Jin Jong Oh completed an amazing fightback to retain his Olympic 50m pistol title.

China's Zou Kai won gold in the men's gymnastics floor final at the North Greenwich Arena. Japan's Kohei Uchimura claimed silver with 15.800, his third medal of the London Games, adding to his team silver and individual all-around gold. Russia's Denis Ablyazin had to settle for bronze.

Hungarian Krisztian Berki won the pommel horse crown, while Romania's Sandra Raluca Izbasa rocketed to gold in the women's vault final. Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng completed a Chinese clean sweep of the badminton gold medals at London 2012 with victory in the men's doubles final.

China's Zhou Lulu edged a dramatic heavyweight tussle with Russia's Tatiana Kashirina to claim gold in the women's +75kg Olympic. In the Velodrome, Denmark's Lasse Hansen won gold in the men's omnium.

Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi won gold in the men's 3000m steeplechase, while Hungary's Krisztian Pars claimed gold in the men's hammer with a throw of 80.59m. Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan won gold in the women's triple jump and the Olympic fencing competition ended with Italy striking gold in the men's team foil.

Iran's Hamid Soryan won gold in the -55kg Greco-Roman wrestling, Russia's Roman Vlasov has won gold in the -74kg Greco-Roman wrestling and China's Wu Minxia won gold in the women's three-metre springboard at the Aquatics Centre.

In Weymouth, Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen of Sweden won gold in the star class. France secured top spot in Group B in the women's basketball as they breezed to a 65-54 victory over Russia to remain unbeaten while the Czech Republic eased into the quarter-finals with an 82-47 defeat of Angola.

In the men's hockey, New Zealand's 1-1 draw with Belgium was unsatisfactory for both sides as it ended any distant hopes they had of making the semi-finals. Pakistan remained in the hunt for a semi-final spot with a 5-4 defeat of South Africa.

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Williams' doubles act pays dividendsVenus and Serena Williams became the first players to win four Olympic tennis titles after being crowned women's doubles champions.pa.press.net2012-08-06T08:19:232012-08-06T08:19:23Serena, right, and Venus Williams made Olympic tennis history on SundayVenus and Serena Williams became the first players to win four Olympic tennis titles after being crowned women's doubles champions.Less than 24 hours after Serena joined older sister Venus as a three-time gold medallist with a crushing victory in the singles - completing the career golden slam in the process - the United States pair saw off Czech Republic duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4 6-4.Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana took gold in the Olympic marathon by claiming a surprise victory in London in an Olympic record of two hours 23.07 minutes, while the great Lin Dan successfully defended his Olympic badminton crown with another thrilling victory over arch-rival Lee Chong Wei, and Jin Jong Oh completed an amazing fightback to retain his Olympic 50m pistol title.China's Zou Kai won gold in the men's gymnastics floor final at the North Greenwich Arena. Japan's Kohei Uchimura claimed silver with 15.800, his third medal of the London Games, adding to his team silver and individual all-around gold. Russia's Denis Ablyazin had to settle for bronze.Hungarian Krisztian Berki won the pommel horse crown, while Romania's Sandra Raluca Izbasa rocketed to gold in the women's vault final. Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng completed a Chinese clean sweep of the badminton gold medals at London 2012 with victory in the men's doubles final.China's Zhou Lulu edged a dramatic heavyweight tussle with Russia's Tatiana Kashirina to claim gold in the women's +75kg Olympic. In the Velodrome, Denmark's Lasse Hansen won gold in the men's omnium.Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi won gold in the men's 3000m steeplechase, while Hungary's Krisztian Pars claimed gold in the men's hammer with a throw of 80.59m. Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan won gold in the women's triple jump and the Olympic fencing competition ended with Italy striking gold in the men's team foil.Iran's Hamid Soryan won gold in the -55kg Greco-Roman wrestling, Russia's Roman Vlasov has won gold in the -74kg Greco-Roman wrestling and China's Wu Minxia won gold in the women's three-metre springboard at the Aquatics Centre.In Weymouth, Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen of Sweden won gold in the star class. France secured top spot in Group B in the women's basketball as they breezed to a 65-54 victory over Russia to remain unbeaten while the Czech Republic eased into the quarter-finals with an 82-47 defeat of Angola.In the men's hockey, New Zealand's 1-1 draw with Belgium was unsatisfactory for both sides as it ended any distant hopes they had of making the semi-finals. 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