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Olympic Updates 2012 : 29 July

2012 Olympics Updates Day 2

Archery: The American women failed to replicate the success of their male counterparts after losing to China in the quarterfinals. The gold was won by South Korea with China settling for silver. Japan won its first ever archery medal by taking the bronze.

Badminton: The U.S. men's team of Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan lost to Keat Koo and Boon Heong Tan of Malaysia, 21-12, 21-14 in their second consecutive loss. They face Japan’s Naoki Kawamae and Shoji Sato in their last match on Monday.

Basketball: The U.S. Dream Team defeated France, 98-71. Kevin Durant was the high scorer with 22 points and nine rebounds. Kevin Love contributed 14 points and Kobe Bryant had 10. In other games, Nigeria beat Tunisia, 60-56; Brazil defeated Australia, 75-71; China lost to Spain, 97-81 and Russia stopped Britain, 95-75.

Beach Volleyball: Americans Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser beat Kentaro Asahi and Katsuhiro Shiratori of Japan, 21-15, 21-16. They next face Adrian Gavira Collado and Pablo Herrera Allepuz of Spain on Tuesday. U.S. women April Ross and Jennifer Kessy also recorded an easy win over Argentina's Ana Gallay and Maria Virginia Zonta, 21-11, 21-8. They next play Holland’s Marleen van Iersel and Sanne Keizer also on Tuesday.

Boxing: The U.S. team advanced its boxers to the 16th round as Jose Ramirez and Errol Spence both recorded victories. Ramirez beat Rachid Azzedine of France, 21-20. He next faces Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan on Thursday. Spence defeated Myke Ribeiro de Carvalho of Brazil, 16-10. He takes on Krishan Vikas of India on Friday.

Canoe: The U.S. team failed to make a big splash as Casey Eichfeld finished 14th in the men's single canoe. Michael Martikan of Slovakia was the leader. In the men's single kayak, Scott Parsons finished 16th with Hannes Aigner of Germany sitting at the top.

Cycling: Britain won its first medal of the Games with Elizabeth Armistead taking the silver in the women's road race. Marianne Vos of Holland won the gold and Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia took the bronze.

Diving: Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston nabbed the silver medal in the women's 3-meter synchronized competition marking the first diving medal for the Americans since 2000 and the first ever medal in synchro. The Chinese duo of He Zi and Wu Minxia won the gold. Jennifer Abel and Emilie Heymans of Canada got the bronze.

Equestrian: Spectators flocked to see Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, who, despite a minor fumble, finished 24th of 74 riders after the first of three disciplines, the dressage. There is still cross-country and show jumping to follow. After the first event, Germany was leading followed by Australia and Britain. In the individual competition, Yoshiaki Oiwa of Japan was leading with Stefano Brecciaroli of Italy in the number two spot.

Fencing: Chances of winning any medals ended for the U.S. men's team after they failed to make it into the semifinals. Daryl Homer lost to Romania's Rares Dumitrescu, 15-13, and Tim Morehouse was beaten by Italy’s Diego Occhiuzzi, 15-9. The other U.S. fencer, James Williams lost to Russia's Nikolay Kovalev. Hungary's Aron Szilagyi won the gold by beating Diego Occhiuzzi of Italy, 15-8. Kovalev took the bronze.

Field Hockey: The U.S. women's team lost 2-1 to Germany. Lauren Crandall scored the sole U.S. goal on a penalty corner. They next face Argentina, which beat South Africa, 7-1, on Tuesday. In other matches Holland beat Belgium, 3-0; China defeated South Korea, 4-0; Britain recorded a 4-0 victory over Japan and Australia lost 1-0 to New Zealand.

Gymnastics: The U.S. women followed the men’s lead by finishing first to qualify for the final followed by Russia, China and Romania. 

Team Handball: In the men's preliminary action, Iceland beat Argentina, Sweden defeated Tunisia, France over Britain, Croatia beat South Korea, Spain over Serbia and Denmark recorded a win over Hungary.

Judo: North Korea won its first gold of the Games as An Kae Um beat Acosta Bermoy of Cuba in the women's 115-pound category. Priscilla Gneto of France took the bronze. In the men's 145-pound category, Georgia’s Lasha Shavdatuashvili beat Miklos Ungvari of Hungary for the gold. Rosalba Forciniti won the bronze.

Rowing: The U.S. women’s eight who have been undefeated in six years won their heat and advanced to the finals with Canada. The final will take place on Thursday. In the lightweight men's four, the U.S. won the repechage competition and advanced to the semifinals.

Sailing: In the men's Finn, Jonas Hogh-Christensen of Denmark was in the lead, followed by Ben Ainslie of Britain. Brazil was leading Ireland in the men's Star racing. In the women's Elliot round robin standings, the top three were comprised of Australia, Spain and Russia.

Shooting: Kim Rhode made her mark in U.S. Olympic history when she medaled in her fifth straight Olympics. She won the gold in the women's skeet missing just one of 100 targets. It was her third gold to go with a silver from Beijing and a bronze in Sydney. Wei Ning of China took the silver and Danka Bartekova of Slovakia won the bronze. In the women's air pistol, Wenjun Guo of China took the gold, followed by Celine Goberville of France and Ukrain’s Olena Kostevych.

Soccer: In the men's games, Senegal beat Uruguay, 2-0, Britain defeated United Arab Emirates, 3-1, Mexico over Gabon 2-0, South Korea notched a 2-1 win over Switzerland, Honduras beat Spain, 1-0 and Japan over Morocco, 1-0.

Swimming: Michael Phelps proved there was nothing wrong with his form as the U.S. men’s freestyle relay team won the silver medal with France taking gold. Dana Vollmer of the U.S. won the 100 butterfly in a world record time of 55.98. Ying Lu of China got the silver and Alicia Coutts settled for the bronze. Meanwhile, Allison Schmitt of the U.S. won the silver in the women's 400 freestyle. Camille Muffat of France, who broke the Olympic record, took home the gold. Team GB favorite Rebecca Adlington picked up the bronze. American Brendan Hansen won the bronze in the men's 100 breaststroke. Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa set a world record and won the gold.

Table Tennis: U.S. teenager Ariel Hsing's women's singles journey came to an end as the female Chinese stars entered the fold in round three. Ariel Hsing extended the No. 2 ranked player Li Xiaoxia of China to six games before being beaten. Earlier in the day, she defeated former world champion Ni Xia Lian of Luxembourg.

Tennis: Thirty-two matches were postponed and four suspended due to the rain at Wimbledon but those taking place at the covered Center Court venue were completed. Maria Sharapova beat Shahar Peer of Israel, 6-2, 6-0. Other winners included Julia Goerges of Germany, Britain's Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France. Novak Djokovi beat Fabio Fognini of Italy in three sets.

Volleyball: The U.S. men's team recorded an easy victory over Serbia, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21. They next face Germany on Tuesday. In other matches, Bulgaria stopped Britain, 3-0; Argentina beat Australia, 3-0; Poland defeated Italy, 3-1 and Russia beat Germany, 3-0.

Water Polo: The U.S. men's team beat Montenegro, 8-7 in a tight game. Their next match is on Tuesday when they take on Romania. In other games, Croatia beat Greece, 8-6; Spain defeated Kazakhstan, 14-6; Italy stopped Australia, 8-5; Serbia over Hungry, 14-10 and Romania beat Britain, 13-4.

Weighlifting: On Yun Chol of North Korea lifted more than triple his weight to win the gold in the men's 123-pound category. He also set an Olympic record in the clean and jerk. Wu Jiangbiao of China picked up the silver and Valentin Hristov of Azerbaijan took the bronze. In the women's 117-pound category, Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakhstan beat the world record in the clean and jerk and won the gold. Hsu Shuching of Taiwan took the silver and Cristina Iovu of Moldova won the bronze.