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Olympic Updates 2012 : 04 August

2012 Olympics Updates: Day 8

Athletics: It was a big night for the host nation as Great Britain nabbed three track gold medals. Jessica Ennis won the 800-meter run to secure the heptathlon title followed by Germany’s Lilli Schwarzkopf and Russia’s Tatiana Chernova. Greg Rutherford came first in the men's Long Jump with Mitchell Wyatt of Australia winning the silver and the USA’s Will Claye taking the bronze. In the men’s 10,000-meter race, Mo Farah won the gold followed by Galen Rupp of the USA and Ethiopia’s Tariku Bekele.

In other events, Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Pryce-Fraser won the gold in the women’s 100-meter final. Carmelita Jeter of the USA won the silver with Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown took the bronze. Sandra Perkovic of Croatia captured the gold in the women’s Discus Throw with Darya Pishchalnikova of Russia and China’s Yanfeng Li coming second and third. Ding Chen of China won the gold in the men’s 20-km Race Walk after beating Guatemala’s Erick Barrondo. China’s Zhen Wang took the bronze. 

Badminton: China grabbed the golds as expected as Li Xuerui beat teammate Wang Yihan for the women's title. Saina Nehwal of India won the bronze.

In the women's Doubles, Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei beat Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa of Japan. Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova of Russia took the bronze.

Basketball: In Group A of the men’s competition, France beat Tunisia 73-69, Lithuania lost 99-94 to the United States and Argentina defeated Nigeria 93-79. In the Group B games, Russia beat Spain 77-74, Brazil crushed China 98-59 and Britain lost 106-75 to Australia.

Beach Volleyball: In the women’s pool, China beat Russia, Spain lost to Italy, the Czech Republic won against Brazil and the United Stated defeated the Netherlands.

In the men’s games, Brazil beat Germany, the Netherlands recorded a win against Switzerland, Latvia lost to Germany and the United States defeated Russia.

Boxing: Only one American boxer remains on the men's side after a decision reversal kept Errol Spence in the tournament. In other bouts, Roniel Iglesias of Cuba beat top-seeded Light Welterweight Everton Dos Santos of Brazil, defending Light Flyweight champion Zou Shiming of China defeated Cuba’s Yosbany Veitia while Flyweight Paddy Barnes of Ireland recorded a win against India’s Devendro Laishram.

Cycling: Great Britain have won four of the five gold medals on offer after three days of Track Cycling with five events remaining. Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Laura Trott clocked 3:14.051 to claim a sixth consecutive world record in the women’s Team Pursuit. The United States took the silver while Canada won the bronze.

In other races, Bryan Coquard of France leads the men’s Omnium followed by Italy’s Elia Viviani and Australia’s Glenn O’Shea.

Diving: Wu Mingxia of China was the top qualifier to reach the final of the women’s 3-meter Springboard with Tania Cagnotto of Italy and China’s He Zi rounding up the top three.

Equestrian: Jur Vrieling of the Netherlands leads the Individual competition followed by Brazil’s Alvaro Affonso de Miranda Neto and Great Britain’s Nick Skelter. U.S. favorite Beezie Madden was eliminated from the event when her horse twice refused to jump.

The team medals will be decided after Round Two of the competition on Monday, with the Individual race concluding next Wednesday.

Fencing: China beat South Korea 39-25 to take the gold in the women’s Team Epee followed by the U.S. who beat Russia 31-30.

Handball: In the men’s pool, Tunisia beat Britain, Sweden defeated Argentina, South Korea lost to Serbia, Croatia recorded a win over Denmark, Iceland beat France and Hungary was defeated by Hungary.

Hockey: On the women's side, New Zealand and the Netherlands won 3-2 against the United States and South Korea respectively, China defeated Britain 2-1, South Africa lost 1-0 against Australia, Argentina beat Germany 3-1 and Japan and Belgium drew 1-1.

Rowing: Great Britain’s dominance continued with two golds on the final day of the regatta. Victories in the men's Four and the women’s Lightweight Double Sculls took the host nation’s tally of gold medals to four. Britain's rowers finished with nine medals, four golds, two silvers and three bronzes. The silver and bronze in the men’s Four were won by Australia and the USA while China and Greece came in second and third in the women’s Double Sculls.

Denmark came first in the men’s Lightweight Double Sculls followed by Great Britain and New Zealand. The Czech Republic’s Miroslava Knapkova came first in the women’s Single Sculls with Fie Udby Erichsen of Denmark taking the silver and the USA’s Kim Crow winning bronze. 

Sailing: The Elliot Round-Robin race is through its 66 races and set to move to the quarterfinal round with Australia in the lead followed by Russia and Spain.

In other races, Xu Lijia of China leads the women’s Laser Radial while Tom Slingsby of Australia is in the lead in the Laser. Dorian van Rijsselberge of Netherlands is first in the men’s Windsurfing and Spain’s Marina Alabau Neira was the top qualifier in the women’s equivalent. In the men's 470, Australia are in the lead after six races. 

Shooting: The USA’s Jamie Gray won the gold in the women's 50-meter Rifle Three Position with 691.9 points. Ivana Maksimovic of Serbia took the silver with a total score of 687.5 points while the Czech Republic's Adela Sykorova won the bronze with 683.0.

In the women’s Trap final, Italy’s Jessica Rossi grabbed the gold followed by Zuzana Stefecekova of Slovakia and France’s Delphine Reau.

Soccer: Hosts Great Britain failed to advance to the men’s semifinals after they lost 5-4 on penalty kicks to South Korea. In other matches, Brazil beat Honduras 3-2, Senegal lost 4-2 to Mexico and Japan crushed Egypt 3-0.

Swimming: Michael Phelps headed into retirement with another gold medal, the 18th of his extraordinary career, bringing his overall medal haul to 22 after the U.S. won the 4x100-meter medley relay. Japan won the silver while Australia took home the bronze.

In the women’s equivalent, the U.S. team of Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Allison Schmitt set a world record to win the gold followed by Australia and Japan.

In the women’s 50-meter Freestyle, the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo won the gold after setting an Olympic record with a time of 24.05 seconds. Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus took the silver with 24.28 seconds followed by the Netherlands’ Marleen Veldhuis with 24.39.

China’s Sun Yang set a world record of 14:31.02 to take the gold in the men’s 1500-meter Freestyle. Ryan Cochrane of Canada won the silver with a time of 14:39.63 with Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli settling for the bronze with 14:40.31.

Table Tennis: South Korea beat North Korea 3-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the men's Team competition. On the women's side, China will play South Korea in the semis while Japan and Singapore will meet in the other.

Tennis: Serena Williams became the second woman ever to achieve a career Golden Slam by beating Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 in the women’s Singles final. The career Golden Slam was first achieved by Steffi Graf, who achieved it after winning at the 1988 Olympics to sweep all four major titles.

Meanwhile, Venus Williams has a shot at a record fourth tennis gold on Sunday and sister Serena will try for a weekend double when they play Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic in the Doubles final.

In the men’s Doubles, Americans Bob and Mike Bryan completed a career Golden Slam after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra of France 6-4, 7-6 (2).

Trampoline: Canada captured its first gold of the Games with Rosannagh MacLennan winning the women's competition. Huang Shanshan of China took the silver and defending Olympic champion He Wenna settled for bronze.

Triathlon: Nicola Spirig of Switzerland beat Swede Lisa Norden in the women's final to take the gold while the bronze went to Australia's Erin Densham.

Volleyball: In Group A of the men’s competition, Poland beat hosts Great Britain, Italy managed a close win against Australia and Argentina won against Bulgaria.

In Group B, Tunisia lost to Germany, Russia beat the USA and Brazil defeated Serbia.

Water Polo: The Group A matches saw Croatia beat Australia, Spain narrowly winning against Greece and Kazakhstan losing to Italy.

In Group B, Montenegro racked up a comfortable win against Romania, Hungary beat Great Britain and the United States lost to Serbia.

Weightlifting: Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan won the 94-kg class title with Russia’s Alexandr Ivanov taking the silver and the bronze going to Anatoli Ciricu of Moldova.