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Olympic Updates 2012 : 03 August

2012 Olympics Updates: Day 7

Archery: In the men's Individual, Jin-Hyek Oh from South Korea defeated Takaharu Furukawa from Japan to win the gold. Xiaoxiang Dai of China took the bronze.

Athletics: Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba held on to her Olympic 10,000-meter title after beating Kenya's Sally Kipyego and Vivian Cheruiyot by more than five seconds. Dibaba's time of 30:20.75 was a season best. Kipyego took the silver in 30:26.37 and world champion Cheruiyot won bronze in 30:30.44.

In the day’s other events, Poland's Tomasz Majewski defended his Shot Put title with a throw of 21.89 meters. Germany’s David Storl, the reigning world champion, won the silver with 21.86 meters followed by American Reese Hoffa who settled for bronze with his throw of 21.23 meters.

Badminton: The gold medal match in the mixed Doubles featured two teams from China with Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao beating Chen Xu and Jin Ma to win the title. The bronze was won by Denmark’s Joachim Fischer and Christinna Pederson.

The finals of the women’s Singles tournament will also pit two Chinese players against one another as Yihan Wang and Xuerui Li advanced through the semis.

In the men’s equivalent, Chong Wei Lee of Malaysia is set to face China’s Dan Lin.

Basketball: In women’s play, the USA topped Group A following their win over the Czech Republic. In the other Group A matches, Turkey comprehensively defeated China and Croatia beat Angola.

France sits at the top of Group B after beating hosts Great Britain. Other matches saw Russia lose to Australia and Canada edge out Brazil.

Beach Volleyball: Defending Olympic gold medalists Todd Rodgers and Phil Dalhausser of the USA were eliminated by the Italians in a match that ended 21-17, 21-19. In the day’s other games, Brazil beat Spain, Norway lost to Latvia and Poland recorded a win over the Swiss.

On the women's side, the USA’s April Ross and Jennifer Kessy made it to the quarterfinals beating Switzerland’s Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr 21-15, 21-19. Other teams to make it into the final four were Brazil, Austria and Germany.

Boxing: Hopes to win a medal for the USA's men team came to an end following last-16 defeats for Raushee Warren and Errol Spence. Fly Weight third seed Warren lost 19-18 to France’s Nordine Oubaali in a thrilling finish. Spence suffered a 13-11 loss against third-seeded Indian Krishan Vikas in the Welter Weight division. Meanwhile, Andrew Selby and Fred Evans extended Great Britain's success with victories in their respective Fly Weight and Welter Weight divisions. In other bouts, Fly Weight Michael Conlan sealed a 19-8 victoryover Ghana's Duke Micah.

Cycling: In the women's Keirin final, Victoria Pendleton continued Great Britain's dominance in cycling beating China’s Shuang Guo to nab the title. Earlier, Pendleton was disqualified from the Team Sprint event so the gold provided a solid consolation. Wai Sze Lee of Hong Kong won the bronze.

Meanwhile in the men’s Team Pursuit finals, Beijing champions Britain defended their title after beating Australia and New Zealand. The host nation broke their own world record, finishing with a time of 3:51.659.

Diving: China is at the top of the table in the preliminary round of the women’s 3-meter Springboard competition as they continue their domination in the event. Minxia Wu and Zi He hold the top two positions with 387.95 and 363.85 points respectively followed by Tania Cagnotto of Italy with 349.80 points.

Equestrian: After the first two days of Dressage, Great Britain is narrowly in the lead ahead of Germany and the Netherlands.

In the Individual competition, Charlotte Dujardin of Britain is in the lead followed by the Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen and Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg.

Fencing: South Korea cruised to a 45-26 victory over Romania in the men’s Team Sabre final leaving Italy to take the bronze.

Handball: In the women’s Group A matches, Angola beat Great Britain 31-25, Croatia narrowly defeated Montenegro with a 27-26 win and Russia recorded a 31-27 victory over Brazil.

In Group B, South Korea lost 24-21 to France, Spain edged out Sweden 25-24 and Norway beat Denmark 23-24.

Hockey: In men's play, Australia and Argentina drew 2-2, Great Britain defeated Pakistan 4-1, Spain beat South Africa 3-2, the Netherlands crushed New Zealand 5-1, India lost 5-2 to Germany and Belgium beat South Korea 2-1.

Judo: France's Teddy Riner defeated Alexander Mikhaylin of Russia courtesy of a 10-point waza-ari in the finals of the men’s Heavyweight class to take home the gold medal. Riner had previously won bronze at the same event during the Beijing Games. Andreas Toelzer of Germany and Brazil's Rafael Silva each won bronze.

In the women’s equivalent, the gold went to Idalys Ortiz of Cuba, who won the bronze in the 2008 Olympics. Japan’s Mika Sugimoto took the silver while Karina Bryant of Great Britain and Beijing gold medalist Tong Wen of China won the bronze medals.

Rowing: Great Britain continued to win more medals in the event that has emerged as the country’s top Olympic sport over the years. Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand won the men's Single Sculls title after beating the Czech Republic’s Ondrej Synek. Great Britain’s Alan Campbell won the bronze.

Germany won gold in the men’s Quadruple Sculls with Croatia taking the silver and Australia setting for bronze.

In the men’s Rowing Pair, Eric Murray and Hamish Bond of New Zealand took home the gold followed by France’s Germain Chardin and Dorian Mortelette and Britain’s George Nash and William Satch.

Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger extended the host nation’s winning streak by grabbing the gold in the women’s Double Sculls event. Australia’s Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley took the silver followed by Magdalena Fularczyk and Julia Michalska of Poland who won bronze.

Sailing: In the men’s 49er class, Australia is in first followed by France and Finland. Australia also leads the Laser race. Meanwhile, Great Britain leads the men’s 470, Star and Finn races.

In the women’s Laser, Belgium is the leader followed by Finland and the Netherlands. Great Britain leads the 470 class with Germany and the USA in second and third.

Shooting: Leuris Pupo of Cuba won the gold in the men's 25-meter Rapid Fire Pistol as he equaled the final world record with 34 points. The silver went to India’s Vijay Kumar who scored 30 points while Feng Ding of China racked up 27 points and settled for the bronze.

The gold in the men’s 50-meter Rifle Prone was won by Sergei Martynov of Bulgaria followed by Belgium’s Lionel Cox and Slovenia’s Rajmond Debevec.

Soccer: Japan are on track to add Olympic gold to last year's World Cup victory after beating Brazil 2-0 in the quarterfinal of the women's competition. In other games, France defeated Sweden with a 2-1 win while the Americans sealed a 2-0 victory against New Zealand. Host nation Great Britain were sent out of the competition after losing 2-0 to Canada.

Swimming: Swimming the final Individual race of his career, Michael Phelps won the 100-meter Butterfly for his third gold medal of the London Games. It is his 17th gold and 21st medal of his Olympic career. South Africa’s Chad Le Clos took the silver followed by Evgeny Korotyshkin of Russia.

France won its fourth gold at the pool as Florent Manaudou, the younger brother of 2004 gold medalist Laure Manaudou, shocked reigning Olympic champion and world record-holder Cesar Cielo of Brazil in the 50-meter Freestyle. Cielo came in third with Cullen Jones winning the silver.

Meanwhile, American teen swimming sensation Missy Franklin set a world record in the 200 Backstroke, winning her third gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. Anastasia Zueva won silver while Elizabeth Beisel settled for bronze.

The youngest member of the U.S. team, 15-year-old Katie Ledecky, produced the second fastest 800-meter Freestyle swim in history to win the gold in 8:14.63. Spain’s Mireia Garcia Belmonte came second while Britain's Rebecca Adlington failed to defend her title and settled for bronze.

Table Tennis: China's quest for another gold kicked off as the women began the Team event with a whitewash of Spain. Meanwhile, world Team champions Singapore recorded a 3-1 victory over Poland while Japan beat the USA 3-0. In the day’s other matches, there were victories for Hong Kong, the Netherlands, North Korea and Germany.

In the men's Team event, Germany defeated Sweden in a six-match nail biter.

In the last eight, they join Austria, Hong Kong and Portugal, who recorded 3-0 wins against Egypt, Brazil and Great Britain respectively.

Tennis: Top ranking Roger Federer defeated Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in a 19-17 final set and clinched his first Olympic Singles medal. On Sunday for the gold, he takes on Great Britain’s Andy Murray, who beat world No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the other semifinal. Murray lost to Swiss star Federer last month in his first Wimbledon final.

Meanwhile, Serena Williams also bagged a first Singles medal. She will face first-time Olympian Maria Sharapova of Russia.

Trampoline: China’s Dong Dong took gold in the men's Trampoline event while countryman Lu Chunlong won the bronze. Russian Dmitry Ushakov secured the silver. In the Beijing Games, it was Dong who won the bronze with Chunlong claiming the title.

Volleyball: Turkey’s women beat South Korea 3-2 over five gripping sets in one of the three Group B matches. Reigning champions Brazil recorded a 3-2 win over China while Serbia lost 3-0 to the USA.

In Group A, Russia beat Japan 3-1 while the Dominican Republic and Italy beat Great Britain and Algeria 3-0 respectively.

Water Polo: In women’s play, Hungary beat Spain, Russia lost to Australia, Italy defeated Great Britain and China managed a narrow victory against the USA.

Weight Lifting: The gold in the men’s 85-kg class went to Polands’s Adrian with Apti Aukhadov of Russia taking the silver and the bronze won by Kianoush Rostami or Iran.

Meanwhile in the women’s 75-kg category, Svetlana Podobedova of Kazakhstan won the title after beating Russia’s Natalya Zabolotnaya. Iryna Kulesha of Bulgaria took home the bronze.