Thursday, August 14, 2008

2008 Beijing: Results Day 6

At the water cube, the U.S. swim team was stunned when no woman from the U.S. team qualified to swim in the 800m free finals; this is the first time this has happened in 40 years.

Coming into the Games as quite the underdog, Rebecca Soni continued her fairytale run, picking up her first individual gold in this Olympics. She has already won a silver in the 100m breast; Soni held off "Lethal Leisel", and set a new world record. Nordenstam picked up only the second swimming medal in history for her country.

Women's 200m Breast-stroke
1. Rebecca Soni U.S.A. 2.20.22 World Record
2. Leisel Jones Australia 2.22.05
3. Sara Nordenstam Norway 2.23.02

The men's 200m back was a fight between the two Americans, west vs. east, Peirsol vs. Lochte, the laid back casual Californian vs. super cool skateboarder/ surfboarder, and in the end Lochte won his first individual gold medal.

Men's 200m Backstroke
1. Ryan Lochte U.S.A. 1.53.94 World Record
2. Aaron Peirsol U.S.A. 1.54.33
3. Arkady Vyatchanin Russia 1.54.93

He has done it again, the man who many call a buy wonder has continued a feat that many have/ had said was impossible. Michael Phelps continues his gold medal run winning his sixth gold in this Games, and equaling his gold medal total in Athens. How about Ryan Lochte who picked up a bronze when less than half an hour before he picked up his first individual gold, what a gutsy swim! These two men are a large part of what the Olympics is all about; it's about surprises, guts, dreams coming true, and making the impossible into a reality.

Men's 200m Individual Medley
1. Michael Phelps U.S.A. 1.54.23 World Record
2. Laszlo Cseh Hungary 1.56.52
3. Ryan Lochte U.S.A. 1.56.53

Libby Trickett received the chance of a lifetime when Chinese swimmer Pang Jiaying was disqualified giving her a spot in the finals. Trickett used it to her advantage, and won a silver.

Women's 100m Freestyle
1. Britta Steffan Germany 53.12
2. Libby Trickett Australia 53.16
3. Natalie Coughlin U.S.A. 53.39

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