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Olympic Update #4 August 12, 2008

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

China: 13 Gold, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze

USA: 7 Gold, 7 Silver, 8 Bronze

S. Korea: 5 Gold, 6 Silver, 1 Bronze

Three down, five to go.  Michael Phelps won yet another gold medal while breaking yet another world record.  Phelps crushed the competition in the 200m freestyle, winning with a record time of 1 minute, 42.96 seconds, almost a full two seconds faster than second place Park Tae-hwan of Korea. 

As expected, the Chinese men’s gymnastics team easily took home the gold in the team final, beating silver medalist Japan by over seven points and erasing the bad memories of the teams collapse in Athens.  The US men took the bronze.

Despite what many seem to think, there are other swimmers in the Olympics besides Michael Phelps. Americans Aaron Peirsol and Natalie Coughlin won the gold in their events, the men’s and women’s 100 backstroke respectively, with Peirsol setting a new world record in the process.  Leisel Jones of Australia took the 100 breaststroke.

North Korea got there first medal of the Olympics when Pak Hyon Suk won the women’s 63kg division of weightlifting with total lifts of 241 kg.  In the men’s 69kg division, China continued it’s dominance with another gold, this one from Liao Hui.

In the single kayak slalom, Germany’s Alexander Grimm took first place, but the real story was Benjamin Boukpeti of Togo who gave his country their first ever medal in the Summer Olympics when he won the bronze.

In fencing,  Zhong Man of China defeated Nicolas Lopez of France 15-9 for the men’s saber gold.  Mihai Covaliu of Romania took bronze.

In wrestling, Islam-Beka Albiev of Russia defeated Vitaliy Rahimov of Azerbaijan for the gold in the men’s greco-roman 60 kg.  In the 55kg finals Azerbaijan reversed those results with Bayramov Rovshan defeating Mankiev Nazyr.

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