Monday, August 18, 2008

2008 Beijing: Results Day 10

The Redeem Team is doing more than redeeming themselves; they are also smoking the competition. The Men's U.S. Basketball team rolled over Germany 106-57.

Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh will play for the gold medal; their opponent has yet to be determined, but it will be one of the Chinese teams.

Track & field events took place today, and although I will not write about all of them everyday, I will write about some of them that are particularly memorable.

In women's pole vaulting, Yelena Isinbayeva continues to set records vaulting to 5.05 meters; she owns 34 of the top 50 marks in her sport. In her home country of Russia, she has the sex symbol status of Maria Sharapova and Anna Kournikova, and she came from humble beginnings. She has set 23 world records and remained unbeaten since the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Women's Pole Vaulting
1. Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 5.05m World Record
2. Jennifer Stuczynski U.S.A. 4.80m
3. Svetlana Feofanova Russia 4.75m

Stephanie Brown Trafton of the U.S. has done something that no one in the U.S. has done since 1932; she has won a gold medal in discus. Out of all her attempts, the first throw was a charm, and the gold was a lock.

Women's Discus
1. Stephanie Brown Trafton U.S.A. 64.74
2. Yarelys Barrios Cuba 63.64
3. Olena Antonova Ukraine 62.59

The American Men have done it again in the 400m hurdles, it's the first sweep since 1960. There is the veteran and the gold medalist, 30 year old Angelo Taylor. Taylor is one of only three men to win the 400m hurdles twice at an Olympic games; he also won in Sydney 2000. There are also two "newbies" to the Olympics, Kerron Clement who finished second at Olympic trials as well, and Bershawn "Batman" Jackson who just missed making the Olympic team for Athens 2004.

Men's 400m Hurdles
1. Angelo Taylor U.S.A. 47.25 Personal Best
2. Kerron Clement U.S.A. 47.98
3. Bershawn Jackson U.S.A. 48.06

It was another exciting and controversial night for gymnastics in the individual event finals. The men's still rings champion was named, many suggest that the men who win the medals in this event are the strongest men in the world. Nastia Liukin was cheated out of a gold medal in the uneven bars as a result of a confusing and convoluted tiebreak system in gymnastics. Again, the U.S. lost to China much like Alicia Sacramone lost a bronze to a Chinese gymnast who fell on her landing. In men's vault, Poland won their first gymnastics medal and it was gold; Russia (especially gymnast Anton Golotsutskov) continued a comeback.

Men's Still Rings
1. Chen Yibing China 16.600
2. Yang Wei China 16.425
3. Oleksandr Vorobiov Ukraine 16.325

Women's Uneven Bars
1. He Kexin China 16.725
2. Nastia Liukin U.S.A. 16.725
3. Yang Yilin China 16.650

Men's Vault
1. Leszek Blanik Poland 16.537
2. Thomas Bouhail France 16.537
3. Anton Golotsutskov Russia 16.475

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