- The Washington Times - Monday, August 11, 2008

STARS

Michael Phelps got his second gold medal in his quest for eight _ thanks to a late comeback in the 400-meter freestyle relay by Jason Lezak, who lunged to the wall just ahead of the French anchor. The U.S. team’s time of 3 minutes, 8.24 seconds shattered its previous mark of 3:12.23 set the night before in preliminaries. Phelps, meanwhile, qualified for the 200-meter freestyle final.

RULE BRITTANIA

With a furious final kick, Rebecca Adlington pulled off an improbable comeback to defeat favored American Katie Hoff in the women’s 400-meter freestyle, and become Britain’s first female gold medalist in swimming in 48 years. Adlington’s teammate, Jo Jackson, won the bronze. On Sunday, the host of the next Summer Olympics picked up another gold when Nicole Cooke won the cycling road race.

MEDALS

Libby Tricket of Australia won the women’s 100 butterfly, while American Christine Magnuson claimed the silver and another Aussie, Jess Schipper, took the bronze.

Kosuke Kitajima of Japan ended American Brendan Hansen’s hopes of an individual medal, winning the 100 breaststroke in 58.91, breaking Hansen’s 2-year-old record of 59.13.

The U.S. has three golds, four silver and four bronzes for a games-leading total of 11; China has six golds and eight medals overall. Russia has no golds after 25 medal events.

QUOTE

“Experience was better than talent.” _ Frederick Bousquet, a member of France’s 400-meter relay team, which lost the gold to Phelps and the U.S.

CHINESE TAKEOUT

Spanish cyclist Maria Isabel Moreno was kicked out of the games for testing positive for EPO in the first official doping case of the games. She was tested in the athletes’ village on July 31 and had left the same day, citing an anxiety attack. … Advancing in tennis were Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Dinara Safina and Olympic champion Nicolas Massu.

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHT

Michael Phelps swims the men’s 200 butterfly at 10:21 a.m. Wednesday (10:21 p.m. Tuesday EDT).

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