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Olympic Updates 2012 : 01 August

2012 Olympics Updates: Day 5

Archery: The world's top archers faced tough competition as two medal hopes were sent home. In the men's Individual event, Australian Taylor Worth beat world number one Brady Ellison of the USA, who was ousted in the last 32. Ellison, touted to win a solo medal to go with his USA Team silver, took the first set with 29 from a possible 30 but then suffered a 6-2 defeat as Worth continued to produce a consistent display of shooting.

In the women's competition, world number one Deepika Kumari of India was sent packing in the first round of the Individual contest. Kumari was placed eighth in the women's ranking round but still needed to surpass Amy Oliver of Great Britain, who is 37th in the world. She failed to hit a single 10 in four sets while Oliver sealed the deal with back-to-back maximums.

Badminton: The action continued at Wembley Arena despite a match-throwing scandal that resulted in four women’s pairs being disqualified from the Games. Badminton World Federation Secretary General Thomas Lund announced that the pairs that had finished third and fourth in Groups A and C would be elevated to the quarterfinals. Subsequently, Valeria Sorokina/Nina Vislova of Russia beat South Africa's Michelle Edwards and Annari Viljoen 21-9 21-7 to book their place in the semifinal against Chinese duo Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei. Canadians Alex Bruce and Michele Li defeated Australia's Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran 21-9 18-21 21-18 and next face Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa from Japan.

In the women’s Singles tournament, Japan's Sayaka Sato was forced to pull out due to injury. The 12th seed held a 15-11 advantage against Denmark's fifth seed Tine Baun but then twisted her ankle. The match ended with the score at 15-14. The men's Singles clash saw Beijing 2008 winner Lin Dan of China beat Athens 2004 gold medallist Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia 21-9 21-12 in 46 minutes.

Basketball: The quarterfinals of the women's competition started to take shape as several of the favorites booked their place in the last eight. The United States extended their Olympic Games winning streak to 36 games with an 89-58 win over Turkey. Meanwhile, China recorded a comprehensive win against Angola and France held off Canada with their third consecutive win. In other games, Australia managed a narrow victory over Brazil, European Champions Russia beat hosts Great Britain and the Czech Republic defeated Croatia.

Beach Volleyball: Reigning two-time women's champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the USA dropped their first set in the London competition but fought back to nab a 21-17, 8-21, 15-10 victory against Austria. Meanwhile, world champions Juliana Silva and Larissa Franca of Brazil maintained their 100 per cent start by beating Lenka Hajeckova and Hana Klapalova of the Czech Republic. In the day’s other games, China progressed to the last 16 after defeating Greece while Australia beat the Czech Republic's Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolocova in a late-night nail biter. Germany's Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler joined the qualifiers from Pool A following their win over Mauritius and Russia grabbed the top spot in Pool B after beating Switzerland.

In the men's competition, Brazil’s Santos and Pedro Cunha managed a closely fought 21-18 24-22 victory against Canada. Russia's Konstantin Semenov and Sergey Prokopyev beat China while winless South Africa lost to Poland's Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel in straight sets. Hosts Great Britain bowed out of the competition with a third successive preliminary phase loss, this time to Norway. Meanwhile, Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal of the USA recorded a straight-sets win over Latvia. In other games, Germany secured the top spot in Pool C with a win over Switzerland. Both teams had already qualified from the pool after beating China and Russia in their opening games.

Boxing: USA teenager Joseph Diaz lost 21-15 to Cuba's Lazaro Alvarez Estrada in the second round of the Bantam Weight division. Also at Bantam Weight, 2007 world champion Sergey Vodopiyanov was defeated 13-11 by Brazilian Robenilson Vieira de Jesus while Mexico's Oscar Valdez beat Tajikistan's fourth seed Anvar Yunusov 13-7. Meanwhile, Japan's Satoshi Shimizu lost to Azerbaijan’s Magomed Abdulhamidov 22-17 and Great Britain's Luke Campbell booked his place in the last 16 with an 11-9 win over Italian Jahyn Parrinello.

In the Heavy division, USA boxer Michael Hunter lost to Russia's former world champion Artur Beterbiev. Meanwhile in the opening Super Heavy bout, world champion Magomedrasul Medzhidov of Azerbaijan stopped Meji Mwanba from the Democratic Republic of Congo in round two. The USA saw their third exit as Dominic Breazeale was beaten 19-8 by reigning European champion Magomed Omarov of Russia. Italian veteran Roberto Cammarelle, the Beijing 2008 gold medallist and former world champion, beat Ecuador's Ytalo Castillo Perea 18-10.

Canoe: The men's kayak slalom singles came to an end with Daniele Molmenti of Italy winning the gold medal. He was 1.35 seconds faster than the Czech Republic’s Vavrinec Hradilek. Hannes Aigner of Germany took the bronze.

Cycling: Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins made his mark in history by becoming the first rider to win the Olympic time trial and the Tour de France in the same year. The bronze medal also went to hosts Great Britain as Christopher Froome finished third with Germany’s Tony Martin nabbing the silver.

In the equivalent women's event, American Kristin Armstrong took home the gold. The 38-year-old took time off after the Beijing Games to start a family but returned to London to defend her title, beating Judith Arndt of Germany by more than 15 seconds. The bronze medal went to Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya.

Diving: China completed a sweep of the synchronized diving events with Qin Kai and Luo Yutong winning the men’s 3-meter springboard. Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov of Ukraine took the silver while USA’s Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen finished third.

Fencing: The gold went to Venezuela’s Ruben Gascon in the men's Epee Individual final. Bartosz Piasecki of Norway picked up the silver while the bronze was won by South Korea’s Jung Jinsun.

In the women’s Sabre Individual final, South Korea’s Kim Jiyeon came first followed by Russia’s Sofiya Velikaya and Ukraine’s Olga Kharlan.

Gymnastics: Kohei Uchimura won the all-around gold for Japan. Uchimura, who won silver four years ago in Beijing, scored 92.690 to beat Germany’s Marcel Nguyen in silver medal position with the USA's Danell Leyva taking home the bronze.

Handball: In the women’s tournament, Montenegro recorded a win over Angola, Brazil beat Britain, Norway narrowly edged past South Korea, France maintained their unbeaten record as they defeated Sweden, Spain beat Denmark and Russia lost to Croatia.

Hockey: World number ones Australia recorded their second victory in a row with a 5-0 win over Pool A opponents Spain. Meanwhile, New Zealand's first win of the London Games seem to have dented the medal hopes of eight-time champions India after they were beaten 3-1, their second consecutive loss. In other games, Great Britain and South Africa drew 2-2 while Pakistan moved to third in Pool A following their first win of the tournament against Argentina. Germany won their Pool B match with a 1-0 victory over South Korea.

Judo: Lucie Decosse of France won her first Olympic gold in the women’s 70kg. Germany’s Kerstin Thiele bagged the silver medal while the bronze medals went to Yuri Alvear of Colombia and Edith Bosch of the Netherlands.

In the men’s 90kg, South Korea’s Song Dae-Nam took home the gold leaving Asley Gonzalez of Cuba to settle for silver. Illias Iliadis of Greece and Masashi Nishiyama of Japan won the bronze medals.

Rowing: Great Britain’s Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the Women’s Pair final with Australia coming in second and New Zealand at third. Germany won the Men's Eight at Dorney Lake with Canada taking the silver and bronze going to Great Britain. Ukraine won its first rowing gold medal in the Women's Quadruple Sculls followed by the Germans and the Americans.

Sailing: Anna Tunnicliffe, Debbie Capozzi, Molly O'bryan Vandemoer are the United States’ best chance at a medal as they sit in fourth place after 48 of 66 races in the women's match-racing competition. Australia is in the lead. In the women's windsurfer class, Marina Alabau Neira of Spain, after four races, is in first. In the women's laser radial competition, Ireland’s Annalise Murphy, after six races, is leading. In the 49er group, Australia leads after six races. In the men's windsurfer class, Dorian van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands leads after four races.

Shooting: The gold medal in the women’s 25-meter Pistol Final went to Kim Jangmi of South Korea. Chen Ying of China took home the silver while Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych settled for bronze.

Soccer: Brazil cruised to victory with a 3-0 Group C win over New Zealand. Great Britain made into the quarterfinals as Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal against Uruguay. Senegal also qualified following a 1-1 draw against the UAE along with Egypt who beat Belarus 3-1. In other games, Japan and Honduras both qualified after battling through a goalless draw. Matches between South Korea and Gabon, Japan and Honduras as well as Spain and Morocco all ended in 0-0 ties.

Swimming: With 19 Olympic medals under his belt, Michael Phelps set out to add to his tally after advancing to the 200-meter Individual Medley final. Fellow American Rebecca Soni moved on in the 200-meter Breaststroke, after setting a world record in the semis. The USA’s Nathan Adrian (100 Freestyle), Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta (200 Breaststroke) and China's Jiao Liuyang (women's 200 Butterfly) each won a gold medal and the United States finished first in the women's 4x200 Freestyle Relay. Adrian clocked 47.52 seconds to finish 0.01 ahead of world champion James "The Missile" Magnussen of Australia while Gyurta set a world record when he clocked 2:07.28 in the final.

Table Tennis: China came in first and second on the women's side as Li Xiaoxia beat Ding Ning. However after the match, Ding suggested she was getting unfavorable calls from the Italian umpire, accusing him ruining her Olympic dream by imposing three penalty points. Feng Tianwei of Singapore won the bronze.

Tennis: Serena Williams beat No. 13 seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia. Her sister Venus was eliminated in the singles competition by No. 7-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany though she still has a shot at gold with Serena in the doubles. In other matches, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Kim Clijsters also advanced. On the men’s side, Britain’s Andy Murray defeated Marcos Baghdatis, of Cyprus, Novak Djokovic beat Lleyton Hewitt and Roger Federer also recorded a win.

Volleyball: Reigning Olympic champions Brazil were beaten by South Korea after narrowly beating Turkey and losing to the United States in their previous matches. Brazil next face China, who lost to the USA in their match earlier in the day. Team USA made it into the quarterfinals as they continued to strive for what could be their first Olympic gold. In other games, world champions Russia beat Algeria to cement their place in the quarterfinals, Japan defeated the Dominican Republic and Serbia lost to Turkey.

Water Polo: Russia, the World Championships bronze medallists, beat Italy 7-4. They now hold a 100 percent record in Group B, following a narrow victory against Great Britain in their last game. In Group A, Spain and the USA drew 9-9. Meanwhile, Hungary emerged victorious against China in a nail biting match ending 11-10. The final game of the day saw Australia crush Great Britain 16-3.

Weightlifting: China won the gold and silver in the men’s 77-kg class with Lu Xiaojun setting snatch and total world records as he finished first. Lu Haojie took the silver and Cambar Rodriguez got the bronze.

In the women's 69-kg class, North Korea’s Jong Sim Rim won the gold followed by Roxana Daniela Cocos of Romania and Maryna Shkermankova of Belarus.