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Lochte Is Second in Freestyle Heats; Gymnast Fails Drug Test

U.S. Swimmer Ryan Lochte
U.S. Swimmer Ryan Lochte competes in the men's 200-meter freestyle heats swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Sunday. Photographer: Francois Xavier Marit /AFP/Getty Images

U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, aiming for his second gold medal at the London Olympics, qualified second for tonight’s semifinals of the 200-meter freestyle. Uzbek gymnast Luiza Galiulina was suspended for a positive drug test.

Lochte, 27, who yesterday won the 400-meter individual medley, qualified for the semifinals behind Sun Yang of China. Britain’s defending champion Rebecca Adlington scraped into tonight’s women’s 400-meter freestyle final in eighth place.

Kimberly Rhode of the U.S. set an Olympic record in winning the women’s skeet shooting event. China’s Wenjun Guo took the women’s 10-meter air pistol title, with compatriots Wu Minxia and He Zi taking gold in the women’s synchronized 3-meter springboard diving.

Marianne Vos of the Netherlands outsprinted Britain’s Elizabeth Armitstead and Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya in the women’s cycling road race. Armitstead’s silver is the first medal for the host nation at this year’s games.

Paula Radcliffe, holder of the women’s marathon world record, will miss her chance to win an Olympic medal for Britain after being ruled out of the event with a foot injury. Britain will seek approval to replace the 38-year-old with Freya Murray for the race on Aug. 5.

U.S. Basketball Win

Kevin Durant scored 22 points to lead the U.S. men’s basketball team to a 98-71 victory over France in their opening basketball game. Kevin Love had 14 points and Kobe Bryant scored 10. Ali Traore got 12 points and Tony Parker added 10 for France.

Nigeria defeated Tunisia 60-56 in the other Group A match, while in Group B, Brazil held on to beat Australia 75-71.

Galiulina, participating in the artistic gymnastics, tested positive for the banned drug furosemide in a urine sample she gave on July 25, the International Olympic Committee said today in an e-mailed statement.

A final decision will be made about the 20-year-old’s punishment by the disciplinary commission after the receipt of her backup testing sample, the IOC said. She’s the second athlete since the games started to be banned because of a failed drug test after Albanian weightlifter Hysen Pulaku was suspended yesterday.

Shooting Record

Rhode, who took silver in Beijing four years ago, finished with a record final score of 99 after setting a qualifying record with 74. Ning Wei of China won the silver with a score of 91. Danka Bartekova of Slovakia won a shootout with Marina Belikova of Russia to take the bronze after they tied with 90.

Wenjun, 28, had 488.1 points in the 10-meter air pistol. France’s Celine Goberville, 25, got the silver after beating Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych in a shootout after they tied with 486.6 points. He and Wu finished ahead of the American team of Kelci Bryant and Abigail Johnston, and Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Emilie Heymans in the diving.

Three riders led a breakaway in the cycling. With the main pack unable to catch them, it became a fight between the trio for the medal positions. Vos accelerated toward the line and Armitstead was unable to bridge the gap, with Zabelinskaya taking bronze.

At the Aquatics Centre, Lochte clocked one minute, 46.45 seconds to qualify for the semifinals of the 200-meter freestyle. Sun Yang, 20, posted the fastest time of 1:46:24.

Adlington Struggles

In the women’s 400-meter freestyle, French 22-year-old Camille Muffat had the quickest swim in the heats with 4:03.29. Adlington, a 23-year-old who also won the 800-meter freestyle in Beijing and was one of the favorites to defend her 400-meter crown, finished in a time of 4:05:75. Federica Pellegrini, the world champion from Italy, made the finals in seventh place.

World champions Australia won the women’s 400-meter freestyle relay heats, ahead of Olympic champions the U.S. and Russia. The finals are tonight.

U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin qualified for tonight’s semifinals of the 100-meter backstroke in the second-fastest time. Australia’s Emily Seebohm, 20, was fastest with a time of 58.23 seconds. Franklin finished in 59.37 seconds.

Franklin, a 17-year-old from Colorado, has the fastest time in the world this year in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. She’s competing in seven events, the most a U.S. female swimmer has ever tried.

Among other sports in which gold medals will be decided today are archery, judo and weightlifting.

There are eight matches in the men’s soccer tournament today, with Spain, which was upset by Japan in its opening match, playing Honduras.

The roof was closed on Centre Court at Wimbledon for the tennis competition because of rain in London, which delayed play on other courts.

Britain’s Andy Murray won his first-round match against Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-3. Germany’s Julia Goerges upset Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 in the women’s competition.

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