Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Day 4 10:45AM Update: Women's Soccer Quarterfinals Set, Team Eventing Final Concludes *SPOILER ALERT*

The action has been non-stop here on Day 4 of competition at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad as medals have been awarded in fencing, weightlifting and equestrian, while the quarterfinal matchups were set in women's soccer following the final round of preliminary play. The equestrian results, scheduled to be seen later today on Oxygen Network at 6PM, are below, listed under *Spoiler Alert*.

China Wins Surprise Gold in Fencing
In an event usually dominated by Europeans, Zhong Man of China pulled off an upset by defeating Nicolas Lopez of France in the men's individual sabre final and winning China's first gold medal in fencing since 1984 in Los Angeles. Italy's Luigi Tarantino won the bronze medal.
China's Zhong beats France's Lopez for saber gold 10:14 am EDT (AP)

Basketball: Spain Holds Off China in Overtime
Spain avoided a huge upset in men's basketball by rallying past Yao Ming and China in ovetime to undefeated after two games in the tournament. China now falls to 0-2.
Pau Gasol rallies Spain past China in OT
Also see: US hoops routs Angola, tough tests await

Soccer: USA Women slated to face Canada in Quarterfinals
The United States handily defeated New Zealand on the last day of pool play by a score of 4-0 to secure a spot in the quarterfinals. Japan, competing in the same group as the United States, surprisingly dominated the Norwegians in their final game by a score of 4-1. And though Canada lost today to Sweden, their record of 1-1-1 was enough to qualify them for a spot in the knockout round.
Japan beats Norway, reaches Olympic quarterfinal 10:15 am EDT (AP)
US women rout New Zealand to reach quarterfinals 10:12 am EDT (AP)

Other headlines:
3 wins for Venus, Serena at Beijing Olympics 10:17 am EDT (AP)
Japan wins second judo gold, Germany takes a title 10:01 am EDT (AP)
Olympic marathon champ Noguchi pulls out injured 10:01 am EDT (AP)
Liao wins 5th weightlifting gold for China 10:17 am EDT (AP)
Last second heroics highlight men's handball 10:45 am EDT (AP)

Coming Up:
Still one more medal event to be contested on Day 4. The individual eventing competition in equestrian comes to a close with the show jumping portion @ 10:45AM EDT

On TV:
The canoe/kayak whitewater slalom events can be seen on NBC later on the daytime show, airing now on the east coast, starts at 10AM in all time zones.

Water Polo between Serbia and Croatia airing now on USA Network

Weightlifting final coming up on MSNBC.

Team Eventing: Show Jumping Results
The conclusion of eventing can be seen later today at 6PM EDT on Oxygen Network.

Germany won a much deserved gold medal in the team eventing final of equestrian after posting clean runs in the show jumping portion of the event. Australia finished in second place and Great Britain won the bronze. The win served as redemption for Germany after they thought they had won in Athens before video evidence showed that a German rider crossed the starting line during a warmup lap before the show jumping, costing them the gold and ending up last after being disqualified.

Australia had led after the dressage portion by Germany stood at the top of the standings after yesterday's cross-country portion of the event.

Germany wins team eventing gold medal in Hong Kong 10:25 am EDT (AP)

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