Team USA on a hot streak as London Olympics nears end

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Megan Rapinoe #15, Heather Mitts #2 and the United States women's soccer team celebrate after defeating Japan by a score of 2-1 to win the Women's Football gold medal match on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

(CBS News) LONDON -- Revenge was sweet for the U.S. women's soccer team at the London Olympics Thursday.

Their 2-to-1 victory over Japan was a welcome reverse of last year's World Cup, in which they lost to Japan.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo made several big saves, including one in the final minutes of the match.

"I have to be patient as a goalkeeper, and I have to let the game come to me," she said.

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On the track, Jamaica's Usain Bolt sprinted his way to gold in just over 19 seconds. It's his second victory this Olympics, making him the first double-sprint champion at back-to-back games.

And the man known as the "Blade Runner" is getting a second chance on the track. South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee who runs on special blades, was never passed the baton in the 4x400 relay because his teammate tumbled into a Kenyan runner. South Africa appealed, and now advances to the finals.

Team USA captured silver and gold in the men's decathlon. Ashton Eaton's lead seemed to secure his win even before the last event began.

"We're the strongest in the world. No one can touch us, and it's just an amazing feeling," Eaton said.

But it's America's women who are scoring the most wins, with nearly 60 percent of Team USA's medals.

Washington Post sportswriter Sally Jenkins, who's in London covering the games, discussed the strong showing of U.S. women with "CBS This Morning" co-hosts Gayle King and Jeff Glor. To see the interview, click on the video at left.

Michigan native Claressa Shields added to the count. The middleweight boxer struck gold at just 17. This was the first time female boxing has been allowed at the Olympics.

"This is my gold medal. I earned it," she said, adding that the gold medal around her neck was "heavy, but I'm not ever going to take it off!"

And in another victory for the women, the U.S. water polo team grabbed gold away from Spain -- and got back into the pool to celebrate. Even their fully-clothed coaches joined in.

Also, the women's volleyball team now hopes to serve up gold on Saturday, after beating South Korea, 3-0, in the semi-finals.

  • Bigad Shaban

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