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    Brazil defeats SoKor, reaches Olympic final

    Aug 7, 2012
    Olympic football is the only Fifa-organized international tournament that Brazil has yet to win.  

    LEANDRO DAMIÃO scored twice in the second half as Brazil downed South Korea 3-0 in the semifinals on Tuesday at Old Trafford to gain a shot at football gold in the London Olympics.

    Mexico defeated Japan 3-1 to set up the title match with Brazil on Saturday at Wembley Stadium.

    Japan and South Korea battle for the bronze on Friday at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

    Romulo scored a goal in the 38th minute for Brazil, which has won the World Cup five times but has yet to bag Olympic gold.

    At the London Velopark in Stratford, Chris Hoy retained the keirin title he won in Beijing four years ago, beating Maximilian Levy of Germany.

    New Zealand’s Simon van Velthooven and the Netherlands’ Teun Mulder won bronze medals.

    The 36-year-old Hoy improved his total gold medal haul to six. He has seven medals overall including one silver—the most by a British athlete. Another cyclist, former track star and now road champion Bradley Wiggins also has a total of seven medals—four gold, a silver and two bronze.

    Champion rower Sir Steve Redgrave previously held the British record for most gold medals with five.

    Great Britain’s Laura Trott added to the home team’s gold haul by winning the omnium, scoring 18 points to American rider Sarah Hammer’s 19. Annette Edmondson of Australia scored 24 and bagged the bronze.

    In triathlon at Hyde Park, two-time world champion Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain won gold.

    The 2009 and 2011 world champion finished the 1,500-meter swim, 43-kilometer bike and 10K run course in one hour, 46 minutes and 25 seconds.

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    Javier Gomez of Spain bagged the silver medal in 1:46:36, while Brownlee’s brother Jonathan claimed the bronze in 1:46:56.

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    Olympic football is the only Fifa-organized international tournament that Brazil has yet to win.  
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