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Olympic Updates 2012 : 30 July

2012 Olympics Updates Day 3

Archery: After helping Japan win their first-ever women's Archery medal in the Team event, Miki Kanie made it into the last 16 of the Individual competition with a win over China’s Xu Jing. Xu's team took silver but she was beaten 6-0 in three sets as Kanie dropped only five points from her nine arrows. Kanie next faces Mexico's Aida Roman, who completed successive 6-2 victories. In the men's Individual event, Great Britain's Larry Godfrey is in the last 16 after two wins.

 

Badminton: China's Lin Dan comprehensively beat Ireland's Scott Evans, 21-8 21-14 to secure a place in the knockout stage of the men's singles event. In the women's singles, China's Wang Yihan and Wang Xin both enjoyed easy victories. Wang Xin beat American Wang Rena, 21-8 21-6 in just 26 minutes while Wang Yihan defeated Canada's Michele Li, 21-8 21-16.

Beach Volleyball: The Americans suffered their first defeat after Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal lost to Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz Fijalek of Poland, 21-17, 21-18. Their next game is on Wednesday against the Latvians. In the women’s match, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings of the U.S. remained undefeated by beating Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolocova of the Czech Republic, 21-14, 21-19.

Boxing: American Marcus Browne lost his light-heavyweight fight against Damien Hooper of Australia. Hooper trailed by one point going into the final three minutes but managed to seal a 13-11 victory.

Canoe/Kayak: The men battled it out in the Canoe Double (C2) while their female counterparts took part in the Kayak (K1). French pair Gauthier Klauss and Matthieu Peche qualified for the semi-final in a time of 96.98, just ahead of Slovakian brothers and Olympic favorites, Pavol and Peter Hochschorner. Stepanka Hilgertova from the Czech Republic came in fifth place in the women's K1 heats, which were won by Spain's Maialen Chourraut in a time of 98.75.

Fencing: The gold was won by Yana Shemyakina of Ukraine, who beat Britta Heidemann of Germany, 9-8. The bronze went to Sun Yujie of China.

Rowing: Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins of Great Britain broke the Olympic best in the women's Double Sculls heats on Day 3, marking their 22nd unbeaten race in a row. They beat the previous mark set by Germany in Barcelona 20 years ago by nearly five seconds as they won with a time of 6:44.33. The GB men's Eight qualified for the Olympic final with a win over Canada and Netherlands in the repechage. Meanwhile, the British women's Quadruple Scull qualified into their Olympic final after managing to finish third in Monday’s repechage. After moving into the qualification places, Britain went on to overtake reigning Olympic champions China to cross the line third, behind Australia and the USA.

Sailing: GB’s Ben Ainslie got off to a decent start on Day 3, collecting two second places. Denmark’s Jonah Hogh-Christensen emerged as the winner in both races, finishing second to New Zealand's Dan Slater in Weymouth Bay. Ainslie settled for sixth place after a troubled start.

Shooting: Alin George Moldoveanu of Romania took the gold in the men's 10m Air Rifle Shooting final at The Royal Artillery Barracks. Moldoveanu maintained his composure with a final shot of 10.3 to stave off his rival, Italy’s Niccolo Campriani, who finished just 0.6 behind. Gagan Narang won a bronze medal for India.

Table Tennis: As expected, the Chinese remained on track to bag the gold medals in the men's and women's singles. World champion Zhang Jike and Wang Hao are favorites on the men's side and Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia for the women.

Tennis: Venus Williams, seeking her fourth gold medal in Olympic tennis beat Sara Errani of Italy, 6-3, 6-1 on Court 2 while her sister Serena left Court 1 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Poland’s Urszula Radwanska. Other big names to cruise through the singles included Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, top-seeded Victoria Azarenka, Kim Clijsters, Petra Kvitova and Ana Ivanovic.