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Olympic Update #1 August 9, 2008

Posted by Matt Brown in Sports.

Well, the Games have officially begun.  Here’s what happened so far:

Medal Count (Top 3)

China: 2 Gold

USA: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

S. Korea: 1 Gold, 1 Silver

The American women swept the fencing competition in the individual sabre.  Mariel Zagunis, Sada Jacobson and Becca Ward took gold, silver and bronze respectively.

In the Men’s Cycling Samuel Sanchez of Spain came away with the gold, edging out Davide Rebellin and Fabien Cancellara.  Sanchez finished the grueling 245-kilometer (152-mile) race with a time of six hours 23 minutes and 49 second, in 90 percent humidity.  The closest American, Levi Leipheimer, took 11th.

Chen Xiexia gave China one of it’s first two gold medals with a win in women’s weightlifting (46 kg, 106 lbs.)  She won with lifts of 95 kg for the snatch and 117 for the clean and jerk, giving her 212 for her total.  Sibel Ozkan of Turkey and Chen Wei-Ling of Taipei finished second and third respectively.

Micheal Phelps is has proven again that he is REALLY good.  In the opening heats of the 400 m individual medley he clocked in a time of 4min 7.82sec, breaking his own Olympic record.  Keep in mind that he did this in a race that didn’t matter and it’s scary to think what he’ll do when he really gets motivated.

Nobody has been caught doping (yet.)  Thats an accomplishment in and of itself.



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