China Adds Shooting, Diving Golds to Lead Olympics Medals
China added gold medals in shooting and diving to lift its London Olympics total to six as U.S. shooter Kimberly Rhode became the first American woman to win a medal in an individual sport in five straight games.
Wenjun Guo, 28, took the women’s 10-meter air pistol title yesterday, with compatriots Wu Minxia and He Zi taking gold in the women’s synchronized 3-meter springboard diving. France won the men’s 400-meter freestyle relay to hand the U.S. only its third loss in the event. Women’s gymnastics individual all-round world champion Jordyn Wieber of the U.S. failed to qualify for the final.
The victories helped give China 12 total medals, one more than the U.S. Italy has two golds, three silvers and two bronze medals. Wu secured her third consecutive Olympic title in the event after the Chinese pair led from the first to last dive.
“It is already a miracle what I have achieved,” said the 26-year-old Wu, whose early career was blighted by injuries.
Rhode, 33, set an Olympic record in winning the women’s skeet shooting event, finishing with a final score of 99 after setting a qualifying record with 74. Ning Wei of China won the silver, while Danka Bartekova of Slovakia won a shootout with Marina Belikova of Russia to take the bronze.
Wenjun had 488.1 points in the 10-meter air pistol. France’s Celine Goberville got the silver by beating Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych in a shootout after they tied with 486.6 points. Wu and He, 21, finished ahead of the American team of Kelci Bryant and Abigail Johnston, and Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Emilie Heymans in the diving.
U.S. swimmer Dana Vollmer, 24, won the women’s 100-meter butterfly in a world record time of 55.98 seconds to beat the mark set by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in Rome in 2009.
“Everything went as I could have wanted,” Vollmer said.
South African Cameron van der Burgh, 24, set a world record of 58.46 seconds to win the men’s 100-meter breaststroke.
Marianne Vos of the Netherlands out-sprinted Britain’s Elizabeth Armitstead and Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya in the women’s cycling road race. Armitstead’s silver was the first medal for the host nation.
The three riders led a breakaway and, with the main pack unable to catch them, it became a fight between the trio for the medals. Vos, 25, accelerated toward the line and Armitstead and Zabelinskaya were unable to bridge the gap.
Gold medals will be awarded today in diving, fencing, judo, shooting, weightlifting and men’s team artistic gymnastics. Four swimming finals are also scheduled, including the men’s 200- meter freestyle.
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 with a foot injury. Britain will seek to replace the 38-year-old with Freya Murray for the Aug. 5 race.
Kevin Durant scored 22 points to lead the U.S. men’s basketball team to a 98-71 victory over France in their opening 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 and Spain defeated China 95-80. Russia beat Britain 95-75.
In men’s soccer, world and European champion Spain was eliminated following a shock 1-0 loss to Honduras.
Uzbek gymnast Luiza Galiulina was suspended after testing positive for the banned drug furosemide in a urine sample given on July 25, the International Olympic Committee said.
A final decision will be made about her 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 two days ago.
In other events in which medals were decided yesterday, Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Georgia won the men’s 66-kilo judo, North Korea’s Kum Ae An secured the gold in the women’s 52-kilo category, and Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Chinshanlo won the women’s 53kg weightlifting competition.
South Korea defeated China by one point in the women’s team archery, with Japan taking bronze.
In the pool, France’s Camille Muffat, 22, won the women’s 400-meter freestyle in an Olympic record 4 minutes, 1.45 seconds, ahead of the U.S.’s Allison Schmitt. Britain’s Rebecca Adlington, a double winner in Beijing four years ago, won the bronze medal. World record holder Federica Pellegrini of Italy, the only woman to swim the event in less than 4 minutes, was fifth.
France Wins Relay
France’s team of Amaury Leveaux, Fabien Gilot, Clement Lefert and Yannick Agnel, which started the race as a 7-1 outsider with bookmaker William Hill Plc (WMH), won the men’s 400- meter freestyle relay by a margin of 0.45 seconds.
The Americans -- Nathan Adrian, Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte -- led until the last leg, when 20-year- old Agnel outpaced Lochte to clinch the gold medal. Russia took the bronze ahead of world champion Australia.
“I did my utmost and tried to hold on until Lochte cracked,” Agnel told reporters.
At North Greenwich Arena, Wieber, 17, was topped by American teammates Gabrielle Douglas and Alexandra Raisman for the two berths in the final. Raisman, 18, scored 60.391, ahead of 16-year-old Douglas’s 60.265 and Wieber’s 60.032.
“It is a bit of a disappointment,” Wieber said. “It has always been a dream of mine to compete in the all-round final of the Olympics. But I’m proud of Aly and Gabby and happy that they reached the all-round and that I was able to help the team get to the finals.”
Brazil advanced to the quarterfinals in the men’s soccer tournament with a 3-1 victory against Belarus. Egypt and New Zealand drew 1-1, while Mexico defeated Gabon 2-0.
Spain’s defeat to Honduras ended the nation’s bid to add the Olympic gold medal to its World Cup and European Championship titles.
In other matches, Senegal beat Uruguay 2-0 and Japan won 1- 0 against Morocco. South Korea defeated Switzerland 2-1 and Britain defeated United Arab Emirates 3-1.
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