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Olympic Update #5 August 13, 2008

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

China: 17 Gold, 5 Silver, 5 Bronze

USA: 10 Gold, 8 Silver, 11 Bronze

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

Another race, another record falls.  Winning his fourth and fifth gold medals at these Olympics, in the 200m butterfly and the 4×200 freestyle, Michael Phelps has officially won more gold medals than anyone in history.  With a grand total of eleven to his name he has surpassed the likes of Paavo Nurmi, Carl Lewis, Mark Spitz and Larysa Latynina, all of whom won nine.  Oh, and he still has three races to go.

The Chinese women’s gymnastics team took the gold medal in the team final, beating out the favored Americans.  China, which ended up winning by almost two points, took advantage of an inconsistent American team which struggled to complete it’s sets without making some sort of error.

In cycling Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland took the men’s time trial, while Kristin Armstrong of the US took the women’s.

In one of the scarier things to happen at these Olympics Hungarian weightlifter Janos Baranyai dislocated his shoulder during his lift in the men’s 77 kg division.  He was attempting to snatch 148 kg when his shoulder popped out of it’s socket.  Sa Jae-hyouk of South Korea ended up winning the 77 kg division while Liu Chunhong won China’s sixth gold medal in weightlifting, breaking three world records in the process, by taking the women’s 69 kg division. 

Germany took home a couple of gold medals in fencing as Britta Heidemann and Benjamin Kleibrink won the women’s epee and men’s foil respectively.

This could be the last year that baseball is in the Olympics and nobody, including the players, seems to care.  Baseball, one of the most popular sports in the world, was along with softball stricken from the 2012 London Olympics and must apply for reinstatement to participate in the 2016 games.  I guess the IOC wanted to make time for more trampoline gymnastics.  In actual sports news, South Korea upset the US 8-7 in what was by all acounts a pretty good game.

Steeve Guenot of France, a rail worker in his day job, won the gold in the men’s 66 kg of Greco-Roman wrestling.  It is France’s first gold medal in that sport in 84 years.

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic all advanced to the quarter finals in men’s tennis.  Unfortunately, nobody gives a damn.  We’d all much rather see them in the US Open.

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