Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Day 5 2AM Update: Phelps Stands Alone With Most Golds, U.S. Women Win Gymnastics Team Silver
History was made this morning when Michael Phelps won two gold medals at the Water Cube to become the most decorated Olympian ever. Phelps won his record 10th and 11th career gold medals in the men's 200 meter butterfly and the men's 4x200 meter freestyle. Winning both races in world record time, Phelps is three gold medal victories away from breaking Mark Spitz's record of seven Olympic gold medals at a single Olympic Games, a feat that he accomplished in the swimming events at the Munich 1972 Olympics.
In other races on Wednesday morning, Stephanie Rice completed a sweep of the individual medley events by winning gold in the women's 200 meter individual medley. She defeated Kirsty Koventry and Natalie Coughlin, who earned silver and bronze respectively. And in the women's 200m freestyle, Italy's Federica Pelligrini outtouched Serbia's Sara Isakovic for the gold medal won in world record time.
Phelps wins 10th, 11th golds of Olympic career 2:06 am EDT (AP)
Swimming-Australia's Rice wins women's 200m medley gold 11:19 pm EDT (Reuters)
Gymnastics: U.S. Women Fall Short of Gold in Team Final
History continued at National Indoor Stadium when China completed a rare double in front of its home crowd. China swept the team events in artistic gymnastics after the women's gymnastics team rallied from behind with superb floor performances while taking advantage of mistakes made by the U.S. team on its final rotation.
The American women went into the final rotation, which was floor exercise, with the lead and a chance to grab gold after posting better beam routine scores. But Alicia Sacramone's fall on floor combined with the steps out of bounds taken by both Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson gave China the gold medal. The United States won their second consecutive Olympic silver medal in the event, while Romania claimed the bronze.
Golden girls no more, China beats Americans 1:34 am EDT (AP)
Cycling: Women's Time Trial Results *SPOILER*
The cycling women's time trial can be seen in primetime on NBC Wednesday night.
American cyclist Kristin Armstrong won the women's cycling time trial on Wednesday to become the second American female cyclist to win an Olympic gold medal. Armstrong won by almost half a minute over Emma Pooley of Great Britain and Karin Thurig of Switzerland.
Cycling: Women's Time Trial Recap 1:25 am EDT (AP)