- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 16, 2008


Michael Phelps had the golden touch, getting his hands to the wall a hundreth 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.


The United States has 50 total medals through 119 events, 16 of them gold. China has the most gold _ 27 _ and 44 medals overall.


Canada finally won its first medals of the games _ a gold in women’s weightlifting and a silver in men’s pair rowing.


U.S. men’s volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon, who has been away from the team since the stabbing death of his father-in-law, Todd Bachman, a week ago, returned Saturday and guided the team to a victory over China. The team is headed for the quarterfinals. Bachman and his wife were stabbed by a man who leapt to his death from a balcony of the 13th-century Drum Tower in central Beijing.


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.


The U.S. baseball team rallied from a four-run deficit to knock off Canada and keep its medal hopes alive. … Jessica Mendoza hit her third home run in two days and Jennie Finch pitched five shutout innings as the Americans shut out Taiwan 7-0 to run their Olympic softball winning streak to 19. … 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).

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