All-round gymnastics gold for Gabby
Sixteen-year-old Gabby Douglas, dubbed “The Flying Squirrel” took the Olympic Games by storm today when she won the all-around gold medal ahead of Russian Victoria Komova.
Komova was reduced to tears for the second time in three days when Douglas pipped her to the title by 0.259 of a point after producing the day’s best performances on the vault and the beam.
Aliya Mustafina, who with Komova took team silver behind the Americans on Tuesday, clung on for bronze despite a fall from the beam. She and Douglas’s compatriot Aly Raisman finished with the same total but the Russian won the medal on the tiebreak rule.
British duo takes slalom doubles title
British crew Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott powered to gold in a thrilling Olympic canoe slalom double final at the Lee Valley White Water Centre today.
The slowest of the six qualifiers from the semi-final, the British duo were the first down the surging rapids in the final but surged through the 23 gates in a time of 106.41 seconds – a mark that was to prove unbeatable.
Britain’s first gold in Olympic canoe slalom was already in the bag when the other home duo, David Florence and Richard Hounslow, set off on the last run of the final.Slovakian three- times Olympic champions Pavol and Peter Hochschorner suffered a two-second penalty on their final run but still collected bronze.
Americans achieve record-breaking win
United States produced an Olympic-record time to win gold in the women’s 200m freestyle relay final last night.
A brilliant final leg from Allison Schmitt led the Americans home, ahead of Australia, in a time of seven minutes 42.92 seconds.
Missy Franklin gave them a great start, while Dana Vollmer and Shannon Vreeland also produced fast times.
France won the bronze medal, while Great Britain finished fifth in a time of 7:52.37. Australians Bronte Barratt, Melanie Schlanger and Kylie Palmer had given their anchor leg, Alicia Coutts, a sizeable lead at the turn.
Korean strongwoman snatches narrow victory
Rim Jong Sim of North Korea won the women’s 69 kilogram gold medal in the closest fought battle of the Olympic weightlifting competition so far, edging
out Romanian Roxana Daniela Cocos with a total weight of 261 kg.
The field was tightly grouped after the first round of snatch lifts, with the top eight lifters separated by just 5 kg but Rim pulled away in the clean and jerk phase to win her country’s third weightlifting gold.
Belarus’s Maryna Shkermankova took the bronze medal.