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Gay Watch at the Olympics: Lisa Raymond wins bronze in mixed doubles with teammate Mike Bryan



(Editor’s note: Gay Watch at the Olympics is a regular 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.)

American tennis doubles star Lisa Raymond won one bronze medal Sunday at the London 2012 Olympics, but lost another opportunity to medal.

The 39-year-old lesbian from Wayne, Pa., who played college tennis at the University of Florida, had the grueling task of playing two matches Sunday on the famed Centre Court at Wimbledon.

In mixed doubles, the American team of Lisa Raymond and Mike Bryan took home the bronze medal by defeating the German team of Sabine Lisicki and Christopher Kas, 6-3, 4-6, 10-4.

In women’s double, the American team of Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber lost the bronze medal , beaten by the Russian team of Maria Kirileno and Nadia Petrova, 4-6,6-4, 6-1.

Women’s basketball

The potent women’s basketball team from the United States ran away from China 114-66 on Sunday at the London 2012 Olympics.

The Americans won their 38th consecutive Olympic win and haven’t lost since the 1992 Olympics.

The U.S. squad also tied its record for most point scored in an Olympic game. The team set American Olympics records for assists (33) and baskets (52).

Seimone Augustus, the only out member on the U.S. team, came off the benched again. She played 19 minutes, hit four of 19 shots, scoring eight points. She had three rebounds and two assists.

The United States advances to the knockout round and holds the top seed. The U.S. will play Canada on Tuesday.

The final standings for Group A:

United States 5-0
Turkey 4-1
China 3-2
Czech Republic 2-3
Croatia 1-4
Angola 0-5

Women’s handball

In a showdown between two powerhouses, France whipped Denmark 30-24 in the final match of Group B play. France finishes 4-1 to lead group play and advances to the knockout round.

Denmark, typically one of the best handball teams in the world, finishes a dismal 1-4 in group play.

Lesbians on the teams are Alexandra Lacrabére (France) and Rikke Skov (Denmark).

In Group A play, Brazil breezed by Angola 29-26 to finish 4-1 in group play and tied for first with Croatia. Brazil and Croatia advance to the knockout round.

Brazil is led by goalkeeper Mayssa Pessoa, a lesbian.

(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.)

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