Saturday, August 16, 2008


Michael Phelps had the golden touch, getting his hands to the wall a hundredth of a second ahead of Serbia’s Milorad Cavic to win the 100-meter butterfly. The win gave Phelps his seventh gold medal of the Beijing Games, tying Mark Spitz’s performance in the 1972 Munich Games.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica ran the 100-meter dash in a stunning world-record time of 9.69 seconds for a blowout win that he started celebrating a good 10 strides before the finish line. Teammate Asafa Powell, a former world record-holder, faded to fifth, while American Tyson Gay failed to qualify for the final.


The United States has 54 total medals through 130 events, 16 of them gold. China has the most gold _ 27 _ and 47 medals overall. Canada finally won its first medals of the games _ a gold and a silver in women’s wrestling, and a silver in men’s pair rowing.


Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian has been disqualified and stripped of his bronze medal for dropping it on the medals podium in protest. Abrahamian, who finished third in the Greco-Roman 84-kilogram division, became incensed when a disputed penalty call decided his semifinal match against Italian Andrea Minguzzi, who went on to win the gold medal. The IOC deemed his actions disrespectful.


Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka won the gold in men’s doubles tennis, defeating Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson of Sweden. … Venus and Serena Williams are assured of at least a silver in women’s doubles, advancing to the final by beating Ukraine’s Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko. … The U.S. men’s basketball team clinched first place in its group and stayed unbeaten by turning what was supposed to be its toughest game yet into its biggest rout yet, 119-82 over world champion Spain. … The U.S. baseball team rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Canada and keep its medal hopes alive. Cuba, meanwhile, is 4-0. … Jennie Finch pitched five shutout innings as the Americans shut out Taiwan 7-0 in Olympic softball. … American Vincent Hancock won the gold medal in skeet shooting, beating Norwegian Tore Brovold in a shoot-off.


“One word: epic. It goes to show you that not only is this guy the greatest swimmer of all time and the greatest Olympian of all time, he’s maybe the greatest athlete of all time. He’s the greatest racer who ever walked the planet.” _ Mark Spitz on Michael Phelps.


Americans Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson will compete against each other in the women’s floor exercise, 8:15 p.m. (8:15 a.m. EDT).

American Alicia Sacramone will be seeking personal redemption in the women’s vault after a pair of mistakes in team competition contributed to a U.S. loss to China, 6:43 p.m. (6:43 a.m. EDT).

Rafael Nadal of Spain will face Fernando Gonzalez of Chile for the gold medal in men’s tennis, 4 p.m. (4 a.m. EDT).

(This version CORRECTS UPDATES with 100-meters outcome, other medals. corrects Canada gold in wrestling, not weightlifting.)

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