Who else? Michael Phelps won his sixth gold medal with his sixth world record, this time in the 200-meter individual medley.
American Nastia Liukin, whose father was a double gold medalist for the Soviet Union 20 years ago, won the gold in women’s gymnastics; friend and teammate Shawn Johnson was second.
HEATS IN THE SUN
The first blue skies of the games greeted the start of track and field events. American Tyson Gay advanced to the 100-meter semifinals in 10.09 seconds in his first race since a hamstring injury six weeks ago. Jamaican world record-holder Usain Bolt ran a 9.92 and teammate Asafa Powell also advanced in 10.02.
North Korean shooter Kim Jong Su tested positive for propanolol and was stripped of his silver medal in the 50-meter pistol and his bronze in the 10-meter air pistol. His bronze was given to American Jason Turner. Vietnamese gymnast Thi Ngan Thuong Do, who finished last in women’s gymnastics floor exercise, tested positive for the diuretic furosemide.
Through 103 events, China has 26 gold medals and 41 overall. The United States has 14 golds, but leads all countries with 46 total medals. After the first week of competition, Canada has no medals at all.
The IOC opened a disciplinary investigation into Swedish Greco-Roman wrestler Ara Abrahamian, who had to be restrained from going after matside officials when he lost in the semifinals of the 84-kg event. During the medal ceremony, Abrahamian took his bronze from around his neck and dropped it on the mat in disgust.
There was no U.S. winner, much less a sweep, in the shot put. American Christian Cantwell got a silver, losing to Tomasz Majewski of Poland. American Reese Hoffa finished seventh and teammate Adam Nelson fouled three times. … Top-seeded Americans Mike and Bob Bryan were beaten in the tennis doubles semifinal by Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. … Americans Lindsay Davenport and Liezel Huber were eliminated in women’s doubles. … Natasha Kai headed in an extra time goal to give the defending champion United States a spot in the women’s soccer semifinals after a 2-1 victory over Canada. … The U.S. baseball team lost to Cuba, 5-4 in 11 innings, and key player Jayson Nix was likely lost for the Olympics after fouled a ball off his left eye. … American James Blake lost to Fernando Gonzalez of Chile in men’s tennis semifinals. … Venus and Serena Williams, both eliminated in singles, advanced in doubles. … Trailing 1-0 after resuming a rain-suspended game, the U.S. softball team rallied for eight runs in their final two at-bats for an 8-1 win over Canada.
“It’s a feeling I don’t think any father can describe. I’m very proud of my baby.” _ Valeri Liukin on his Olympic gymnastics champion daughter, Nastia.
SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
U.S. men’s basketball team tests its undefeated record against world champion Spain in pre-medals round play, 10:15 p.m. (10:15 a.m. EDT).
The 100-meter finals, with a potential dream match of Tyson Gay, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, who own the eight fastest times in history, 10:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT).