- The Washington Times - Monday, August 18, 2008

STAR

He Kexin of China, at the center of a controversy over whether she’s too young to be eligible for the Olympics, won a tiebreaker over all-around champion Nastia Liukin of the United States for the uneven bars gold medal. Both He and Liukin scored 16.725, but He won because her execution marks were closer to a perfect 10.



FALLEN STAR

China’s biggest star of the Beijing Games, Liu Xiang, pulled out of the Olympics before clearing his first hurdle, grimacing and clutching his right leg in pain in front of a stunned crowd at the Bird’s Nest. The 25-year-old Athens Games champion has been battling hamstring and foot problems.

AMERICAN ‘NEST’ EGG

After mostly disappointing finishes for Americans in track and field, Stephanie Brown Trafton won the women’s discus, the first gold medal of the Beijing Games for the U.S. Said Brown Trafton: “I came to the Bird’s Nest to lay a golden egg. … I hope this sets a trend.”

MEDALS

China edged closer to the United States for medal mastery at the Beijing Games. Through 176 events, China has 38 golds and 66 medals overall; the U.S. has 20 golds, 67 in all.

CUE ‘CHARIOTS OF FIRE’

Ed Clancy, Paul Manning, Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins won the Olympic men’s team pursuit in cycling, giving Britain its 12th gold medal of the Beijing Games. That’s the most gold medals for Britain in a single Olympics since winning 14 at the Antwerp Games in 1920.

CHINESE TAKEOUT

Chen Yibing won the still rings competition, making China 5-for-5 in men’s gymnastics events at the Beijing Olympics. … The U.S. softball team, with a nine-run first inning, beat China 9-0 to move within two wins of a fourth consecutive gold medal.

QUOTE

“He couldn’t imagine the pain he was suffering. Let me repeat: Liu Xiang will not withdraw unless the pain is unbearable.” _ Chinese track and field coach Feng Shuyong.

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

American gymnast Shawn Johnson seeks the gold medal in the women’s beam, 6:43 p.m. (6:43 a.m. EDT).

LoLo Jones tries for a gold medal in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, 10:50 p.m. (10:50 a.m. EDT).

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