London 2012 Olympics: Day 2. (The Games Update)

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Great Britain got on to the medals table, but are still looking for their first gold. A gutsy performance from Lizzie Armitstead earned silver in the women’s road race cycling, while Rebecca Adlington took a creditable bronze in the 400m freestyle swimming.

France had a good day in the water, claiming 2 swimming gold medals. Camille Muffat beat Becky Adlington into third in the women’s 400m freestyle, while the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay team sprung a huge surprise in knocking the USA off their perch. Not even a basketball drubbing by the Americans could take the gloss of a superb day.

In the pool, records tumbled despite the ban on the synthetic suits seen in Beijing. South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh set a world record, winning gold in the 100m breaststroke, while the USA’s Dana Vollmer torched the 100m butterfly record, becoming the first woman to break the 56-second mark.

Well, finished might be pushing it, but Michael Phelps, the most successful Olympian in history is still waiting for his 15th gold after the USA were beaten into second in the 4x100m men’s freestyle relay – on Saturday he failed to win a medal in the 400m IM. The American has five more shots at the top step of the podium, so we suspect he’ll get there.

Phelps still won the 17th Olympic medal of his career — and first silver — to go along with 14 golds and two bronzes. He’s one away from tying the mark for most career medals held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina.

GB men’s football team secured their first win of the games with a scrappy 3-1 win over UAE thanks to late goals from Scott Sinclair and Daniel Sturridge.

Powerhouse Spain was eliminated, Brazil and Japan wrapped up spots in the quarterfinals and host Britain is back on track with one round of qualifying matches to go in the men’s tournament.

Spain was hoping to add Olympic gold to the World Cup and European Championship titles held by the country’s full national team. But it lost 1-0 to Honduras and is without a goal in the tournament heading into its last game against Morocco on Wednesday.

Andy Murray secured his first ever Olympic tennis victory with a 6-3 6-3 first round win over Stanislas Wawrinka at Wimbledon.

Maria Sharapova won her Olympic debut indoors, beating Shahar Peer of Israel 6-2, 6-0, and Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and David Ferrer were among the seeded winners on the men’s side at Wimbledon.

Playing under Wimbledon’s retractable roof on Centre Court because of rain, No. 3 Sharapova served well, returned aggressively and swept the final eight games.

People Power became evident in the Olympics, as a cacophony of boos helped force judging review that overturned a judo result. South Korea’s Cho Jun-Ho was declared the winner of his -66kg match with Japan’s Ebinuma Masashi. ExCel erupted in derision with the disgusted Japanese coach looking utterly flabbergasted. The result was referred to a reviewing commission which gave Masashi the win.

The marathon world record holder, Paula Radcliffe’s hopes of Olympic gold were ended for good by injury as she pulled out of London 2012. After her meltdown in Athens and painful run through injury in Beijing, Radcliffe’s greatest dream goes unfulfilled.

North Korea’s Om Yun Chol said he wanted to lift a big weight and make the other athletes nervous. He definitely nailed that strategy.

Om, standing all of 5 feet and 123 pounds, won a gold medal by confidently lifting an Olympic-record 370 pounds in the clean and jerk at the London Games.
Only a handful of people have lifted more than three times their body weight, and this one came out of nowhere.
Om was in the “B’’ group with lower-ranked competitors and lifted weights of 160 and 165 kilograms on his first two attempts early in the day. He got the crowd roaring when it was announced he would go for 168 kilograms — the Olympic record.

There were a lot of empty seats in most of the stadia and arena, which were then partially filled up later by soldiers, teachers and students brought in by the IOC officials. It was claimed that the IOC said that tickets were sold out in order to force a price hike, but it back-fired as people rather stayed at home to watch the games.

First lady Michelle Obama was part of a big crowd that watched the U.S. men’s basketball team open tournament play with a 98-71 win over France. Kevin Durant scored 22 points and LeBron James finished with nine points, eight assists and five rebounds.

Michelle Obama at Olympics Basketball Game

“It wasn’t perfect,” said James, who had nine points, eight assists and five rebounds. “We’ve still got room for improvement.”

Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Spain to a 97-81 victory over China in their Olympic men’s opener.

Spain got off to a slow start and had a 19-17 lead at the end of the first quarter. But it went on a 7-0 run in the second quarter to grab a cushion and was never seriously challenged the rest of the game.

Yi Jianlian of the Washington Wizards had 30 points and 12 rebounds for China.

Argentina kicked off its quest for a third straight men’s basketball medal with a 102-79 victory over Lithuania. Luis Scola scored 32 points, and Manu Ginobili had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 points to help Nigeria hold off a second-half rally by Tunisia in the first game of the men’s Olympic basketball tournament Sunday with a 60-56 victory.

Nigeria, the last team to qualify for the 12-team tournament, held Tunisia to 15 points in the first half and held a 16-point halftime lead. They led by as many as 19 and seemed in control of the game.
Tunisia, however, began the second half with a 10-2 run and closed the gap to two points late in the game.
But Aminu, who plays for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, made of one of two free throws to seal the victory with 11 seconds remaining

COUNTRY MEDALISTS Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal TOTAL
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