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Olympic Update #3 August 11, 2008

Posted by Matt Brown in Sports.
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Medal Count(Top 3)

China: 9 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze

USA: 3 Gold, 4 Silver, 5 Bronze

S. Korea: 4 Gold, 4 Silver

The US men’s swimming team won the men’s 4 x 100m relay in an absolute stunner.  Trailing on the final lap, Jason Lezak swam the fastest leg ever in a relay (46.06 seconds,) beating then world-record holder Alain Bernard of France to give America the gold and the new world record of 3 min, 8.24 seconds.  In addition, this gives Michael Phelps his second gold medal on his quest to beat mark Spitz’s record of eight.  Australia came in third to take the bronze.

Kosuke Kitajima of Japan defended his 100-metre breaststroke Olympic title in a record time of 58.91 seconds.

Zhang Xiangxiang and Chen Yanqing extended China’s winning streak in weightlifting, winning the gold in the men’s 62 kg division and women’s 58 kg division (thats 4 golds for the Chinese for those of you counting.)  Chen also broke two world records, setting a total of 244 kilograms and a clean and jerk of 138 kilograms.

Maria Valentina Vezzali of Italy beat out Hyunhee Nam of South Korea for the gold in the women’s foil (fencing.)  Italy also took the bronze with Margherita Granbassi beating out Giovanna Trillini.

Britain’s Rebecca Adlington won a close race in the women’s 400m freestyle, beating out American Katie Hoff by 0.07 seconds.  Joanne Jackson of Great Britain took third.

India won it’s first individual gold medal ever when Abhinav Bindra won the 10-metre air rifle.  India’s last Olympic gold was a team medal at the 1980 Moscow Games in men’s field hockey

The US women’s basketball team followed up the men’s destruction of China with their own beat down, defeating the Chinese team 108-63.  Tina Thompson led the US team with 27 points.

We have our first doping case.  Maria Isabel Moreno, a 29 year old cyclist from of Spain, was caught taking the endurance-boosting drug EPO.  She faces a two year ban.

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