Olympic Daily News - Wednesday, August 1

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, hours after they both chipped in to get Phelps the all-time Olympic medal record, both moved on in the men's 200-meter individual medley Wednesday morning.

Lochte, the world record holder, swam the second-fastest heat behind Laszlo Cseh of Hungary and Phelps was fourth.

Phelps won two medals Tuesday night, a silver in the men's 200-meter butterfly and a gold in the 800 freestyle relay, but will not swim in a final Wednesday.

"I did not really get much sleep last night," he said. "I did not warm down at all."

He is the two-time defending gold medalist in the 200 IM. The final Thursday night, if both swimmers make it (which they should), will be the second head- to-head matchup between Phelps and Lochte at the Aquatics Centre.

Lochte won the 400 IM Saturday in the first medal race here and Phelps was fourth, the first time he finished off an Olympic medal podium since he was 15.

The final of the men's 200 backstroke is about 30 minutes before the 200 IM on Thursday. Lochte also had heats for that race Wednesday morning and swam the second-fastest time behind Tyler Clary.

"The double is going to be tough but I've done the training so I feel good," said Lochte.

Clary, of course, is the U.S. teammate who criticized Phelps' training in a newspaper article weeks before the London Olympics started. Phelps has said Clary apologized. And a day after Phelps won his 19th Olympic medal, there wasn't much to be critical of.

"He's won more medals than any Olympian in history," said Clary. "That should speak for itself. The guy's an incredible athlete."

Clary said it was "pretty cool" that U.S. President Barack Obama sent Phelps a tweet early Wednesday morning London time.

The president's tweet -- "Congratulations to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You've made your country proud." -- was signed "bo" to indicate it was from Obama himself.

Also Wednesday morning, the U.S. qualified second behind Australia in the women's 800 free relay and Rebecca Soni had the best time in heats for the 200 breast. Jessica Hardy moved on in the women's 100 freestyle while China's Tang Yi swam a 53.28 for the fastest heat.

One of the marquee swimming events at the Summer Games is set for the evening when top qualifier James Magnussen of Australia, Nathan Adrian of the U.S. and world record holder Cesar Cielo of Brazil will be among the eight swimmers in the final of the men's 100 free.

Japan's Kosuke Kitajima will try to win the men's 200-meter breaststroke for the third straight Olympics, which would make him the first male swimmer to win the same individual event in three consecutive games.

Americans Kathleen Hersey (the fastest qualifier) and Cammile Adams will go in the final of the women's 200-meter butterfly and medals will be given out in the women's 800-meter free relay.


London, England (Sports Network) - First Bradley Wiggins wore yellow. Now he's got gold.

The British cyclist continued his dream season Wednesday, when he used a dominant performance to win the men's time trial at the London Olympics and set a record for Great Britain.

"I cannot put it into words. I wouldn't do it justice," Wiggins said. "It was really incredible. To win an Olympic gold in your home city."

Wiggins also became the first British athlete to win seven Olympic medals, surpassing the total achieved by Sir Steve Redgrave.

After winning the Tour de France less than two weeks ago and wearing a yellow jersey when he rang the bell at the opening ceremony, Wiggins was essentially unbeatable as the time trial wore on.

He finished the 44-kilometer race in 50 minutes, 39.54 seconds. That was 42 seconds ahead of silver medalist Tony Martin, of Germany.

Great Britain also got a bronze medal from Chris Froome, who was runner-up to his teammate Wiggins in Paris.

Wiggins' gold medal was a kind of redemption for the British cycling program, which failed to win or medal in the men's road race on Saturday despite lofty expectations.

Elizabeth Armitstead delivered a silver in the women's road race the next day, recording the host country's first medal of these games. But the British were still without a gold.

Earlier Wednesday, the rowing tandem of Helen Grover and Heather Stanning got Great Britain's first gold medal with a victory in the women's pair final. It wasn't so long before the second came.

Martin has been struggling with injury, but got off to a great start. The reigning world time trial champion was quickest at the first time check by five seconds over Wiggins.

But Wiggins began to take back time. At the second time check, which came at the 18.4-km mark, he was more than 11 seconds faster than Martin. His effective lead grew even more at the third, and the gold medal seemed imminent.

Froome was well up the road in front of Wiggins, having started five riders before. He temporarily claimed the lead when he crossed the finish line in 51:47.87.

Martin slotted in ahead of Froome when he finished the race, but Wiggins was still riding. He finished strong to secure his fourth gold and first medal on the road. His first six came in track cycling events.

"When you win in the velodrome, there are three or four thousand people cheering," said Wiggins. "Here, around the streets of London, the noise is just amazing. I don't think anything will top that."

American Taylor Phinney again came agonizingly close to a medal. After a fourth-place finish in the men's road race, he was also just off the podium in Wednesday's event. His time of 52:38.07 was a little more than 50 seconds slower than Froome's, but the two performances by the 22-year-old Phinney hint at the potential of future Olympic medals.

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara, the defending gold medalist, was the final rider to roll down the start ramp but finished a disappointing seventh. He crashed during the road race and suffered an apparent shoulder or arm injury that seemed to hamper him Wednesday. Following the race, he could be seen sitting on the ground in pain.


London, England (Sports Network) - When United States cyclist Kristin Armstrong broke her collarbone in May, she insisted that she would be ready to compete in the London Olympics.

Wednesday, Armstrong delivered on that promise, winning a second consecutive gold medal in the women's time trial.

She dominated the 29-kilometer event throughout, recording the fastest split at two intermediate time checks before crossing the line in 37 minutes, 34.82 seconds. That was more than 15 seconds faster than Germany's Judith Arndt, who won last year's world championship in the discipline.

Russian Olga Zabelinskaya won bronze with a time of 37:57.35. Zabelinskaya also took bronze in the women's road race.

Following time trial victories at the 2008 Olympics and the 2009 world championships, Armstrong retired from the sport and started a family. She had a son, Lucas, but hadn't completely walked away from the sport -- not 100 percent.

The thought of holding a desk job didn't appeal to Armstrong, who realized she really wanted to continue riding her bike competitively. With her family supporting her, she returned to the sport and her world-class form.

The collarbone break earlier this year was a setback, but it also gave Armstrong some time off the bike. She worked with a physical therapist, developed a plan and had what she called a "very focused" six weeks of training and came to London with good form and aspirations to win again.

As Armstrong said last week, "once you win gold, you don't want to win anything less."

On Wednesday, Armstrong was last to roll down the start gate and quickly settled into a smooth, powerful cadence.

Zabelinskaya had started many riders before her and set the early lead at the first two time checks -- only to be surpassed by New Zealand's Linda Villumsen. But when Armstrong, 38, rolled through, she set the fastest times.

The Russian set an impressive standard when she crossed the finish line, then took her place on the center "hot seat" -- one of three golden thrones set up by the race organizers for the current top-three to sit in. The second- and third-place riders changed, but Zabelinskaya remained in the middle as the leader.

Other top contenders -- like Great Britain's Emma Pooley and Canada's Clara Hughes -- weren't able to surpass Zabelinskaya's lead.

Villumsen was the first to have a good shot as beating it, but faded in the final 9km and was a few seconds slower.

Arndt bumped Zabelinskaya to second with a time of 37:50.29, but Armstrong was still on the course, and she was flying. Heading into the final few kilometers, she passed Dutch star Marianne Vos, who had started three minutes in front. Vos won gold in a tough road race Sunday but struggled to a 16th- place finish Wednesday.

Well before the finish line, it was clear Armstrong would win and she secured the title with her final pedal strokes.

Still breathing heavily and wearing her aero helmet, Armstrong stepped onto the platform that held the hot seat thrones and took her place in the middle. Minutes later, she did the same during the medal ceremony, when she brought her son onto the podium.

And Armstrong stood there, right there in the middle on the top step, with Lucas holding the bouquet of flowers and another gold medal hanging around her neck.


London, England (Sports Network) - A cyclist died near the Olympic Park Wednesday night following a collision with a media shuttle, and police are holding a man in custody on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Details of the case are still developing, but the Metropolitan Police said in a statement that the cyclist was a 28-year-old man. The formal identification is not expected to take place until Thursday, but next of kin have been informed, the statement said.

An earlier statement from the Metropolitan Police said that it was called at 7:42 p.m. London time to a collision between a cyclist and a bus at the intersection of routes A106 and A12 -- located near the north border of the park, close to the field hockey center, velodrome and BMX track.

The London Ambulance Service had been called around the same time and sent "a single responder in a car, an ambulance crew, the London's Air Ambulance and a duty officer. Sadly, one person - a man - was pronounced dead at the scene by the air ambulance's doctor."

The man was pronounced dead at 8:14 p.m.

Police said a man in his mid-60s was arrested at the scene at 9:28. He was also not identified, and as of late Wednesday night was in custody at an east London police station, a statement said.

LOCOG, the organizing group of the London Olympics, said in a statement that "our thoughts are with the cyclist's family."

The Metropolitan Police Traffic Investigation Unit is looking into the incident.

After the accident occurred, no buses were allowed in or out of the Media Transport Mall. Service did resume shortly after midnight.


London, England (Sports Network) - The team of Helen Grover and Heather Stanning won the women's pair final on Dorney Lake Wednesday, earning Great Britain its first ever gold in female rowing and first overall gold at the London Games.

Grover and Stanning came into the final with plenty of momentum after setting an Olympic record to win their heat on Saturday. Jumping out to a quick lead in the final, the Brits held off Australia's Kate Hornsey and Sarah Tait down the stretch to post a winning time of 7 minutes, 27.13 seconds.

That was 2.73 ticks clear of Australia, while New Zealand finished right on the Aussie's heels to claim bronze.

The United State's Sara Hendershot and Sarah Zelenka were a mere .20 seconds behind New Zealand to just miss the podium. Romania's team of Georgeta Andrunache and Viorica Susanu, who won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, finished fifth.

The U.S. did crack the medal standings in women's quadruple sculls, finishing with a time of 6:40.63 to grab a bronze medal. Ukraine won the gold with a time of 6:35.93, while Germany claimed silver.

Despite winning their heat in the men's eight, the American team finished fourth on Wednesday in the final. Germany took gold with a time of 5:48.75, over a second clear of Canada. Great Britain finished .30 seconds ahead of the U.S. to win bronze.

The U.S. had some disappointing showings in non-medal races, failing to put boats into the medal final in both men's pair and single sculls.

Canada and Australia won their respective heats in the lightweight men's double sculls to make them two of six boats to advance to the final, while Great Britain also placed a a team into the final of the men's quadruple sculls.


London, England (Sports Network) - In Monday's team competition, a score change on Kohei Uchimura's pommel horse routine lifted Japan into a silver medal.

Two night's later in the individual all-around, there was no complaint with his score.

The three-time all-around world champion captured Olympic gold in the event for the men on Wednesday, while American Danell Leyva picked up a bronze medal.

Uchimura entered Saturday's qualifier as the favorite to win the gold medal, but ranked ninth thanks to a pair of falls -- including one on the pommel horse -- and also had a miscue in Japan's silver-medal team performance on Monday. However, he was solid all through Wednesday's competition, taking the lead for good following his vault routing in the third rotation en route to a 92.690 score. That was good enough for the top spot despite a mistake during his last event, the floor exercise.

"I have been world champion in the all-around three times in a row, but this is an different feeling. The Olympics are only once in four years so I have been waiting for this moment," stated Uchimura.

It was Uchimura at the center of some controversy on Monday. Japan looked as if it would fail to medal in the team competition following his score of 13.466 on the pommel horse. However, his coach handed in an inquiry to the Superior Jury, who reviewed the routine and raised it by 0.700 points after failing to give him credit for a landing.

On Wednesday, the 2008 Beijing Games silver medalist posted the highest score on the vault, and was second overall on rings, pommel horse and horizontal bar.

Uchimura finished 1.659 points clear of silver medal recipient Marcel Nguyen of Germany. He had qualified seventh on Saturday and was pushed forward by an event high-tying score on the parallel bars. Nguyen, who had never finished higher than eighth at the world championships in the all-around, also posted the highest score on the rings.

His silver was Germany's first medal in this event since the 1936 Berlin Games.

"Well, I'm over the moon and very surprised," said Nguyen. "I had not expected to have a silver medal and be sitting here in a press conference. I've been dreaming of this moment since I was a little boy. I'm very happy."

Leyva, meanwhile, managed a bronze despite having earlier secured the top qualifying score. He matched Nguyen's score on the parallel bars and had the top mark on horizontal, but logged just a 13.500 on the pommel horse thanks to some struggles on his dismount to dip his overall score down to 90.698, just behind Nguyen's mark of 91.031.

"My arms were shaking a little, when I got to the dismount I didn't have enough strength, but I used it as a kick in the butt to do the rest of my events," said Leyva, who battled back from 17th place after three rotations.

It was the pommel horse rotation in which he and teammate John Orozco fell during at Monday's team competition that saw the U.S. finish fifth.

Orozco came in eighth on Wednesday, while No. 2 qualifier David Belyavskiy of Russia ended fifth behind Mykola Kukesnkov of the Ukraine. Belyavskiy's chance at a medal were dashed when he stepped out of bounds twice during his floor exercise.


London, England (Sports Network) - Eight women's badminton players were kicked out of the London Olympics on Wednesday, accused of throwing matches in the tournament.

Four doubles teams from China, South Korea and Indonesia that had already advanced to the quarterfinals were suspected of trying to manipulate the draw of the knockout stages in their favor.

"If you ask me as a sportsman I think it is morally wrong. Once you are in the court, whether you like it or not, you should be out there to win," said Charoen Wattanasin, vice president of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand and president of the Badminton Federation of Thailand.

"Something had to be done. I feel sorry for what happened but believe the disciplinary committee made the right decision."

The top-seeded Chinese team of Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China were among those expelled by the Badminton World Federation. They were accused of trying to throw a match Tuesday to avoid having to play countrywomen Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei, the No. 2 team, until the gold medal final on Aug. 4.

During their match with South Korea's Jung Kyung Eun and Kim Ha Na on Tuesday, Wang and Yu repeatedly served into the net and sent smashes wide, drawing boos from the crowd. Tournament referee Torsten Berg was called to the court and warned the players. Jung and Kim were also expelled.

Later, South Korea's Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung and Indonesia's Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari were warned about their play by Berg, who brandished black sending-off cards threatening to expel the players, but never used them.

Those two teams were also kicked out of the games following two disciplinary cases opened by the BWF, which held hearings Wednesday morning at Wembley Arena. The bans were considered just hours after the matches ended late Tuesday night. In that time, officials looked at tape of the matches and got statements from referees and umpires.

"We felt it was important to deal with this swiftly and ensure due process was taken in a way that was of the best interest to the players," said BWF secretary general Thomas Lund.

China's Lin Dan, the No. 2 seed in men's singles, said the athletes should be given another chance "because after all the Olympics only happen once every four years and all the countries have put a lot into the game."

He called for a straight knockout round to avoid these types of situations in the future.

"I am sure many teams are playing for their (own) benefit so they don't meet the really strong opponents in the knockout round," Lin said. "Ultimately the wrong is not on the side of the athlete."

The players were charged with breaking two rules in the code of conduct -- "not using one's best efforts to win a match" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport."

Australian coach Lars Bundgaard, a Dane, said expelling the players was "the right thing to do."

"It sends the right signal that world badminton won't accept that kind of behavior," said Bundgaard. "It doesn't really influence us. We just thought how the incident would affect badminton. Our players will be ready to play."

The disqualified teams from Indonesia and South Korea had appeals denied by the BWF. The pairs that finished third and fourth in groups A and C, including one from Canada, were added to the quarterfinals.

India coach Pullela Gopichand accused a Japanese badminton pair of "wanting to lose" but the BWF has indicated it would not take action in the matter.


London, England (Sports Network) - In the aftermath of Wednesday morning's revelations that four teams in the women's doubles badminton draw were kicked out of the London Olympics, China's Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei moved into the semifinals.

Tian and Zhao are the No. 2 team in the tournament, which is now missing the top-ranked team of Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, also from China.

Wang and Yu were one of the four pairs expelled by the Badminton World Federation, accused of throwing matches in the tournament.

The teams, which also include two pairs from South Korea and one from Indonesia, had already advanced to the quarterfinals. They were suspected of trying to manipulate the draw of the knockout stages in their favor.

After the BWF held hearings Wednesday morning at Wembley Arena, where bans were considered only hours after badminton matches ended Tuesday night, the four teams were out.

Now Tian and Zhao represent China's lone medal hope. They needed 38 minutes to get past the Taiwanese pair of Cheng Wen Hsing and Chien Yu Chin.

The four teams that were inserted following the expulsions had to face each other. Those to advance were Russians Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova -- who have to face the Chinese next -- and Canada's Alex Bruce and Michele Li.

The Canadians will face Japan's Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa, seeded fourth. Those semifinals take place Thursday.

In other badminton action Wednesday, China's Wang Yihan, Wang Xin and Li Xuerui were among those to move into the quarterfinals of the women's singles tournament. They are seeded No. 1-3, respectively, while Wang Yihan is the reigning world champion.

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei and China's Lin Dan, the top two seeds in the men's singles tournament, reached the quarterfinals.

China also has the top two teams in mixed doubles, and both reached the semifinals there.


London, England (Sports Network) - The United States had placed a fencer in the semifinals of both the men's and women's competitions Wednesday at the London Games, but failed to come away with a medal.

U.S. flagbearer Mariel Zagunis and countryman Seth Kelsey lost in the semis and then dropped their bronze medal matches in the women's sabre and men's epee, respectively.

South Korea's Kim Jiyeon won gold in the women's event, while Ruben Limardo Gascon of Venezuela won the men's epee.

In the semifinals, Zagunis, the top seed in the women's draw, lost to Kim by a 15-13 score after leading the contest 12-6 at one point. The South Korean went on to beat Sophia Velikaya of Russia, 15-9, in the gold medal match.

"She (Kim) did not beat me. I defeated myself," said Zagunis. "I was dominating the fight and everything was going right."

Olga Kharlan of the Ukraine then toppled Zagunis by a 15-10 score for the bronze.

"I approached the match as if it was a final," said Zagunis of her loss to Kharlan. "I lost my focus and mentally I was not there."

Zagunis, who led the Americans into Olympic Stadium last week at the opening ceremony, had won gold in her event at the last two Summer Games, beginning with the discipline's introduction eight years ago in Athens.

"It was a great honor," Zagunis said of being the U.S. flagbearer. "It was five days ago and I put that out of mind and it's great for fencing that it gave it attention."

While the top-seeded Zagunis was expected to go far in her event, Kelsey had made a shocking run to the semifinals of the men's epee. The tournament's 17th seed, Kelsey lost a 6-5 overtime decision to Limardo Gascon in the semis and then dropped another close bout for bronze, losing 12-11 in extra time to Jung Jinsun of South Korea.

Limardo Gascon beat Norway's Bartosz Piasecki in the men's gold medal match.

The medal was the first of any kind for Venezuela in Olympic fencing.


London, England (Sports Network) - The rain was familiar to Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.

Losing a set a set at the Olympics? Not so much.

The American beach volleyball pair dropped a set for the first time ever at the Summer Games, but won the next two to knock off Austrian sisters Stefanie and Doris Schwaiger to move into the knockout round.

They played in front of NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and James Harden, who were introduced to the Horse Guards Parade crowd before the match.

"Beach volleyball game crackin...let's go Misty and Kerri!!" Durant tweeted near the start.

It took a little while.

A sloppy start by the Americans allowed the Austrians to open with a 7-1 run on points. May-Treanor hit a spike right into the net not long before they called a timeout.

They trimmed the margin but lost 21-17, ending their 31-set winning streak at the Olympics.

No problem. The second set took only 16 minutes, the Americans winning it 21-8.

In the third set, Walsh's spike to make it 8-6 drew "oohs" from the typically raucous crows that packs this temporary arena near Buckingham Palace with views of Big Ben and the London Eye ferris wheel.

"We want to play in front of this crowd right here," Anthony said earlier.

Many in the packed venue also booed when Walsh was called on a net touch and argued.

It drew the Austrians within 9-7, but May-Treanor followed with a hard spike and the Americans went on to win the set 15-10 with the Austrians hitting into the net on match point.

Though it drizzled for periods during the match, it was nothing approaching the final in Beijing, when May-Treanor and Walsh won their second straight Olympic gold medal in a downpour

They moved to 3-0 here and into the round of 16.


London, England (Sports Network) - China is 4-for-4 in diving at the London Olympics.

Qin Kai and Luo Yutong won the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard at the Aquatics Centre on Wednesday, taking the lead on their first dive and pulling off the hardest combination of the competition with their fifth.

Russia's Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov were second and Americans Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen won bronze for the third U.S. diving medal here.

Canada's Alexandre Despatie and Reuben Ross were fifth.

Qin and Luo finished with 477.00 points, 17.37 more than the Russians and 30.30 ahead of Dumais and Ipsen.

The Chinese, after winning all eight events at worlds and 13 of the previous 16 Olympic gold medals entering London, are halfway to a sweep here. Qin was asked if winning was easy.

"No it wasn't," he replied. "This is the Olympic Games and I was very nervous."

Americans, meanwhile, are experiencing a rebirth.

After being shutout in the last two Olympics, they have medaled in three of the four events.

Kelci Bryant and Abigail Johnston captured silver in the women's synchro springboard and David Boudia and Nicholas McCrory won bronze in the men's synchro platform.

Dumais, who joined Greg Louganis as the only American man to dive in four Olympics, won his first career medal.

"It's really been a dream," he said. "I competed in Sydney in 2000 and at Athens 2004 with my brother (Justin), which didn't go so well, so this medal is also for my brother. I thought about him."

He and Ipsen scored their biggest numbers on a reverse 2 1/2 somersault with 1 1/2 twists, getting 90.09 on their fourth dive, and were second behind the Chinese.

But Qin and Luo put up 104.88 on their fifth dive, a forward 4 1/2 somersault with a 3.8 degree of difficulty, and the Russians closed with the same dive for 100.32 points to take the silver.


London, England (Sports Network) - Former world champion Daniele Molmenti captured gold Wednesday in the men's kayak single final.

The Italian posted a winning time of 93.43 seconds, besting Czech Vavrinec Hradilek by 1.35 seconds and German Hannes Aigner by another .14 ticks. It marked his country's first gold medal in this event since the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Molmenti -- who turned 28 years old Wednesday -- finished 10th in this race at the 2008 Beijing Games, but has since won the 2010 World Championship as well as three European titles, including in 2011 and '12.

"I finished my job. I'm so excited I've lost my voice," said Molmenti. "I've won everything in my sport. I'm the first K1 man to do this and I'm pretty proud."

Aigner got the bronze behind Hradilek's silver after winning Sunday's heat with a time of 83.49. That mark rose by nearly 10 seconds on Wednesday as he failed to keep the gold in his home country. German Alexander Grimm won this event in Beijing.

Slovenia's Peter Kauzer, who has won multiple world cups in addition to World and European championships, failed to secure his first Olympic medal. He finished sixth.


London, England (Sports Network) - Kim Jangmi of the South Korea set an Olympic record in the qualification round and then held off China's Chen Ying to win gold in the women's 25-meter pistol event Wednesday.

Kim posted a score of 591 to set a new qualification mark and finished with a total score of 792.4 to beat Chen by a point. The South Korean already holds the total score record in this discipline, having set that standard at the London world cup event in April.

"Before leaving Korea my target was gold," said Kim. "I feel so fortunate I was able to keep that promise."

Chen picked up her second Olympic medal. She won this event four years ago in Beijing.

Olena Kostevych claimed bronze with a score of 788.6. The Ukrainian has two medals here, having won bronze in the women's 10-meter air pistol.

Sandra Uptagrafft of the United States failed to qualify for the final round and finished in 28th place.


London, England (Sports Network) - France's Lucie Decosse bettered her previous Olympic performance by winning gold in the women's 70-kilogram judo final on Wednesday.

Four years ago in Beijing, Decosse won silver while competing in the 63kg. The 30-year-old captured gold at a higher weight, defeating Germany's Kerstin Thiele.

Decosse has previously won a pair of world championships and a world cup at her new class.

"I've waited so long, I really wanted it, now I can't tell you how happy I am," she said of winning gold, France's first in this event. "I was feeling strong all day today. I was really feeling it since this morning; it felt good all day and now I have the gold."

Taking home bronze medals in the women's 70kg were Colombia's Yuri Alvear and Edith Bosch of the Netherlands.

The men's 90kg also handed out gold on Wednesday, with South Korea's Song Dae- Nam scoring a win over Asley Gonzalez of Cuba. Song was making his Olympic debut and at 33 years, 118 days old became the oldest winner of any judo event at the Olympic Games.

"At the age of 33, winning a gold medal is amazing," noted Song. "I tried really hard and was in good condition. I tried my hardest, I want to thank everyone, I'm glad I didn't disappoint anyone. I am very happy to keep my promise."

Greece medal favorite Ilias Iliadis, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Games, had to settle for a bronze, as did Japan's Masashi Nishiyama.


London, England (Sports Network) - China's Lu Xiaojun set two world records Wednesday to win gold in the men's 77-kilogram weightlifting competition, while countryman Lu Haojie took silver.

Lu Xiaojun owned the world records for both the snatch and the total, and broke them both. He lifted 175kg in the snatch to set a new mark, then raised the bar in the total with a mark of 379kg.

Lu Haojie finished with a total of 360kg, while Cuban Ivan Cambar Rodriguez took bronze with a total of 349kg.


London, England (Sports Network) - North Korean Rim Jong Sim won the women's 69-kilogram weightlifting competition Wednesday at the London Olympics.

Rim and two others successfully lifted 115kg in the snatch, but nobody could match her mark of 146 in the clean and jerk. Rim took gold with a total of 261kg.

Three others had a total of 256kg, so the medals were awarded based on body weight. Romania's Roxana Daniela Cocos took silver and Belarus' Maryna Shkermankova won bronze.

Rim's gold is North Korea's third in weightlifting events at these games.


London, England (Sports Network) - China's Li Xiaoxia beat No. 1 seed Ding Ning to win the women's table tennis tournament, beating her countrywoman four games to one Wednesday for the sport's first gold medal in London.

Li, the No. 2 seed, only lost the third game on the way to an 11-8, 14-12, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4 victory in 51 minutes.

It was a predictable way for the first gold medal match of the London Olympics to play out, even if the lower seed won.

The Chinese team arrived here all but guaranteed to win multiple medals. The country had captured all but four of the 24 previous Olympic gold medals in table tennis since its debut at the Summer Games in 1988.

"We are the same level," Li said of her match with Ding, "but today I performed better than I expected."

Feng Tianwei of Singapore swept Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa in four games to win the bronze medal.

On the men's side, the No. 1 seed Zhang Jike moved into the semifinals with a 4-1 win over Jiang Tianyi of Hong Kong. No. 2 seed Wang Hao, also of China, beat Seiya Kishikawa of Japan to reach the semis.


London, England (Sports Network) - Emilie Gomis scored 16 points and Isabelle Yacoubou added 14, leading France to a 64-60 victory over Canada in women's basketball.

Sandrine Gruda contributed 10 points and seven rebounds for the undefeated French, who improved to 3-0 in Group B and clinched a berth in the quarterfinals. Celine Dumerc also scored 10 in the victory, including six from the line in final 90 seconds that helped the French seal it.

Shona Thorburn led Canada with 17 points and Natalie Achonwa chipped in 14. The Canadians fell to 1-2.

France led by as many as seven in the fourth quarter, but Canada pulled within 54-51 with 1:36 remaining on a bucket by Kim Smith. Dumerc then hit a pair from the stripe and Thorburn missed at the other end, leading to two more Dumerc free throws for a 58-51 margin with 44 seconds to play.

Canada still had a slim chance after Achonwa grabbed the rebound of a missed free throw by Thorburn and drew a foul while converting the putback with nine seconds left. Achonwa made the subsequent free throw to pull the Canadians within 62-60, but Dumerc drained two more from the line to ice it for the French.

France opened an 11-4 advantage early in the contest, but Canada trimmed its deficit to 13-12 after the opening quarter and the lead changed hands early in the second before France carried a 28-25 edge to the break.

The French again pulled ahead in the third and built a 40-33 cushion with just under five minutes to play in the period, but Canada again rallied and made it a two-point game, 42-40, entering the fourth.


London, England (Sports Network) - Spain erased a three-goal deficit in the final three minutes to tie the United States during Wednesday's group play in the women's water polo competition.

The U.S. was ahead 9-6, but a goal from Jennifer Pareja got Spain within two. Maica Garcia tallied twice in the final two minutes to tie the match.

The result means both are 1-0-1 at the top of Group A, with just one match aside remaining in the preliminary round.

Hungary edged China, 11-10, in the other Group A match Wednesday. Australia routed Great Britain, 16-3, to improve to 2-0 in Group B. Russia also moved to 2-0 in that group with a 7-4 defeat of Italy.


London, England (Sports Network) - Cyprus' Pavlos Kontides overtook world champion Tom Slingsby in the Laser class sailing competition Wednesday at the London Games.

Kontides had two top-four finishes Wednesday to bump the Australian Slingsby to second after six of 10 preliminary races.

The Netherlands' Dorian van Rijsselberge still leads in men's RS:X (windsurfer) after four races. He won one race Wednesday and took third in the other.

In women's RS:X, Spain's Marina Alabau Neira won twice to establish herself as the favorite. She's won three of the four races so far.

Australians Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen solidified their lead in the men's 49er (skiff), thanks to a win and a runner-up finish.

Following victories in the first four races in Laser Radial (women's one- person dinghy), Ireland's Annalise Murphy had her first bad day. She took eighth and 19th, but is still effectively in first because of the discarded score.

Australia is still leading in the women's Elliott 6m -- a new match racing sailing event comprised of 12 crews. It won twice again Wednesday to improve to 8-0 in the round robin stage, after which the best eight boats move on to the knockout stage.

The U.S. split its two matches and sits in good position to advance.


London, England (Sports Network) - Khatuna Lorig of the United States earned a spot in the 1/8 elimination round of the women's individual archery competition at the London Games.

Lorig, the only remaining American in either the men's or women's individual tournaments, beat Sherab Zam of Bhutan and Denmark's Louise Laursen on Wednesday at Lord's Cricket Ground. Next up for the fourth-seeded Lorig is Thursday's 1/8 match with China's Cheng Ming.

Top-ranked Ki Bo Bae of South Korea also moved onto the 1/8 round in the women's individual.

Ki's Korean teammate Oh Jin Hyek, the No. 3 seed in the men's field, defeated Axel Muller of Switzerland and Mexico's Luis Alvarez to move into the 1/8 round. Rafal Dobrowolski of Poland will face Oh on Friday.


London, England (Sports Network) - Australia rolled to a victory over Spain to highlight men's field hockey action on Wednesday.

The world No. 1 Aussies got goals from five different players in the 5-0 win, making them 2-0 so far in the London Games. Australia is looking to extend its current run of five straight Olympics with a medal.

Spain was coming off a 1-1 draw to Pakistan on Monday, a contest in which it lost captain Santiago Freixa to a broken left arm. The bad luck continued in this game, with five-times Olympian Pol Amat exiting hurt.

In additional Pool MA play, Great Britain blew a two-goal lead, but Ashley Jackson's second goal of the game, coming during the 68th minute, allowed the hosts to escape with a 2-2 tie versus South Africa.

Great Britain had won its opener on Monday, getting two goals from Barry Middleton.

South Africa, meanwhile, failed to steal a win after losing its opener 6-0 to Australia.

The other match of that pool saw Pakistan knock off Argentina, 2-0.

In men's Pool MB play, the Netherlands rolled past Belgium 3-1; New Zealand got the best of India 3-1; and Germany notched a close 1-0 victory over Korea.


London, England (Sports Network) - Uzbek gymnast Luiza Galiulina has been expelled from the London Olympics after testing positive for a banned diuretic.

Galiulina was provisionally suspended from the games after a urine sample provided July 25 tested positive for furosemide. The official decision was announced on Wednesday after her "B" sample confirmed the results of the initial test.


London, England (Sports Network) - The United States had three boxers fall out of the Olympic tournament Wednesday night, when three weight class competitions were underway.

Bantamweight Joseph Diaz Jr. dropped a 21-15 decision to Cuban Lazaro Alvarez Estrada, the reigning world champion and top seed in the draw. Alvarez Estrada moved into the quarterfinals along with third-seeded Luke Campbell of Great Britain.

In a preliminary heavyweight fight, American Michael Hunter II lost to Russian Artur Beterbiev. Three of the four seeded fighters are in the quarterfinals, except No. 3 Teymur Mammadov of Azerbaijan.

Additionally, U.S. superheavyweight Dominic Breazeale came up short against Russia's Magomed Omarov.


London, England (Sports Network) - Angolan heavyweight boxer Tumba Silva did not attend his medical weigh-in Wednesday, effectively withdrawing from competition at the London Olympics.

As a result of his failure to weigh in, Silva lost in a walkover to Italian Clemente Russo.

Russo, the No. 2 seed, advances to face the winner of the bout between Cuban Jose Larduet Gomez and Iran's Ali Mazaheri.