- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 20, 2008


The South Korean baseball team defeated Cuba 7-4 in a matchup of unbeatens. Ko Young-min hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the fourth inning, and he scored an insurance run in the sixth. Both teams are moving into Friday’s semifinals.

c Canadian kayaker Adam van Koeverden broke his own world record in the 500-meter kayak single in his qualifying heat. He won in 1 minute, 35.554 seconds. He set the previous record (1:35.630) in June.

c In an event that takes nearly two hours, Jan Frodeno won the men’s triathlon by 5.19 seconds over 2000 gold medalist Simon Whitfield. Frodeno’s winning time was 1 hour, 48 minutes, 53.28 seconds. The race consists of swimming (1.5 km), cycling (40 km) and running (10 km).


In her final attempt of the games, Shawn Johnson earned her first gold medal to go with three silvers. Johnson, who finished as the runner-up in the all-around, floor exercise and as a member of the U.S. squad in the team competition, outpointed a group of three, including teammate Nastia Liukin, on the beam.

cWrestler Henry Cejudo won gold in his second career senior-level tournament. In the 55-kilogram weight class, Cejudo defeated Tomohiro Matsunaga of Japan. Cejudo of Colorado Springs finished 31st at last year’s world championships.

cBrenda Villa scored a hat trick, the last goal coming with a minute remaining, to lead the U.S. women’s water polo team past Australia 9-8 in a semifinal match. The gold medal match takes place Thursday morning EDT. The victory means the United States is the only team to win a medal in each of the three Olympics that included women’s water polo (silver in 2000, bronze in 2004). Lauren Wenger, however, broke her hand late in the match and will miss the title contest.


Visit Ryan O’Halloran’s “Blog of the Rings” throughout the Olympics at washingtontimes.com/weblogs/blog-rings.

There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere at a high-level soccer match featuring two South American sides. That was the scene last night at Workers’ Stadium for the Argentina-Brazil game. Traffic clogged the side streets of the Chaoyang district of Beijing more than two hours before kickoff, and the sidewalks were so crowded that pedestrians took to the streets.

The stadium was more than half-full 30 minutes before kickoff, the only delay being security lines outside.

But the fever pitch didn’t reach down the street to a French restaurant called La Taverne, where Sir Scribble and two colleagues got right in and enjoyed dinner outside well after sunset.

CCTV finally got a clue with its medal table. The network still puts China ahead of the United States regardless of which total is higher, but it has mercifully let Korea off the hook and dropped that team to where it belongs - well down in the standings.

A plus of being in China this month: Scrib doesn’t have to flip through the U.S. channels and see the Little League World Series on television. Scrib would rather subject himself to continuous viewings of this summer’s awful Indiana Jones movie.


Winners aren’t the only ones who deserve medals in Beijing. Who merited what from the Olympics:


Shawn Johnson United States, gymnastics

After getting three silvers, the predicted gymnastics star of this Olympics was able to secure her first gold medal in her final opportunity, winning the balance beam event final.


Jonathan Horton

United States, gymnastics

Watch out for Horton in 2012 if he stays healthy. A part of the bronze medal team, he won silver in the high bar, the only individual event for which he qualified.


The U.S. Olympic team

The Americans have cornered the market on third place in these games. The United States has won 27 bronze medals but is getting lapped by China in gold medals (43-26).


Three things from Beijing that are worth following today:


Jamaica’s Usain Bolt tries to become the first man to accomplish the 100-200 double since Carl Lewis at the 1984 Olympics. He already has the 100 (in world record time) under his belt.


After rolling over its first five opponents, the United States plays Australia in the quarterfinals. The Americans defeated the Aussies by only 11 points in a recent exhibition game.


The United States went undefeated in group play and starts knockout play with a quarterfinal match against Serbia. The United States hasn’t won a medal in this sport since 1992.


The nation represents 33 percent of the world’s smokers (350 million), and 3 million people pick up smoking each year. The average Chinese male smoker lights up 20 times a day. And 60 percent of male doctors smoke.


“There’s so many people concerned about me and who support me. I feel very sorry. But there’s nothing I could do.”

- Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang in a TV interview on his withdrawal from the Olympics

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