Sunday, August 10, 2008

Day 3 MIDNIGHT UPDATE: Records Fall, Comebacks Made at Water Cube: USA Wins Free Relay

The past two hours have been the best of the Olympic Games since the Opening Ceremonies and all of that excitement happened at the pool. Four sets of medals have been given out so far on Day 3 and each one was decided in thrilling form.

Excitement At the Pool Highlighted By Thrilling US Win
Michael Phelps kept his bid for eight gold medals alive when Jason Lezak was able to come from behind to win the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay over France, who was the overwhelming favorite in this event.

France had a huge lead with Alain Bernard anchoring the French team. At the 350-meter mark, France still had at least a half-body length lead. But Bernard started to tighten up and Lezak closed the gap in a race that came down to the final touch. The United States won in world record time, France placed second and Australia placed third.

The win capped off a great morning of swimming finals where world records fell in multiple events, including the final of the Men's 100m Breaststroke. Japan's Kosuke Kitajima won his signature event while American hopeful Brendan Hansen finished outside of the medals.

Britain's Rebecca Adlington barely outtouched American Katie Hoff in the final of the women's 400 meter freestyle event to give Britain their first swimming medal of these games. Australia won their first gold at the pool when Libby Trickett won gold in the women's butterfly in world record time.

Oh My! Phelps, Americans stun French for relay gold (Yahoo! Sports)
Katie Hoff upset in Olympic 400 freestyle 11:30 pm EDT (AP)
Swimming-Britain's Adlington wins 400m freestyle gold 11:27 pm EDT (Reuters)
Japan's Kitajima sets world mark in 100 breast 10:42 pm EDT (AP)
Trickett wins 100 fly, just off record pace 10:37 pm EDT (AP)

ON TV...
Day 3 is just beginning as USA Women's volleyball is coming up on the late night show on NBC.

Now on CNBC, beach volleyball, boxing and tennis action is coming up at 12AM EDT.

Team USA will be competing against China in women's basketball and women's water polo on USA Network when their coverage starts at 2AM.

Competition now and later...
Preliminary action continues in tennis as badminton enters the quarterfinal stage. The men take part in the 10m synchronized diving competition where China has the potential to shine again at the Water Cube. The diving competition will commence at 2:30AM EDT but will not be seen in the United States until primetime on Monday.

Other finals include fencing's women's individual foil competition, the women's trap final in shooting and the men's team final in archery. Stay with NOW Sports for the latest competition updates as Day 3 unfolds.

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