Sunday, August 17, 2008

2008 Beijing: Results Day 9

Breaking News! Liu Xiang Hurt of China, the defending Olympic Champion in the Men's 110m hurdles has dropped out of the event with a right achilles injury. Liu was the first athlete to ever win a track & field medal for China and was the pride of the Chinese track & field team.

The women track-stars of Jamaica must be doing something right because they are clearly the fastest women in the world. For the first time in history, Jamaican women swept the 100m finals, and the U.S. women who were favorited in this event were shut out of the medals. Shelley Ann Fraser (21 years of age), Sherone Simpson (23 years of age), and Kerron Stewart (23 years of age) swept this event one, two, and two; that's right, Simpson and Stewart tied for silver which means no bronze was given out. Lauryn Williams who was the favorite on the U.S. team finished fourth, Muna Lee finished fifth, and Torri Edwards finished last place in eighth believing that she had committed a false start. The surprising thing about this race is that Fraser who is the shortest, youngest, and least experienced athlete won the race; two days ago, Jamaica never had a gold medal champion in the 100m, now they have two, Fraser, and last night Bolt.

Women's 100m Final
1. Shelley Ann Fraser Jamaica 10.78
2. Sherone Simpson Jamaica 10.98
2. Kerron Stewart Jamaica 10.98

China's most famous female athlete has certainly ended her diving career on a high note; she won the women's 3m springboard final. She has tied legendary diver Fu Mingxia for most career golds with six. Yulia Pakhalina upset Wu Minxia by winning the silver; the Chinese were expected to go, one, two in the event.

Women's 3m Springboard Final
1. Guo Jingjing China 415.35
2. Yulia Pakhalina Russia 398.60
3. Wu Mingxia China 389.85

Day 9 of competition was the first of three nights of individual events in gymnastics. There were some athletes on the podium that were familiar, and there were some we have never seen before, but in true fashion, all who were on the podium dazzled. While China and the U.S.A. continue to pile up the medals, some countries won their first medals in these games for gymnastics. For Great Britain, it was their first gymnastics medal ever. This time Shawn edged out the all around champion Nastia. Oksana Chusovitina proved that at 33 you are never too old to dream, Romania and Russia hinted that they are building back towards former greatness. Although Alexander Artemev had been perfect at pommel horse all well, this just wasn't his day, proving that even a champion is not always flawless.

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Zou Kai China 16.050
2. Gervasio Deferr Spain 15.775
3. Anton Golotsutskov Russia 15.725

Women's Vault
1. Hong Un Jong Noth Korea 15.650
2. Oksana Chusovitina Germany 15.575
3. Cheng Fei China 15.562

Men's Pommel Horse
1. Xiao Qin China 15.875
2. Filipe Ude Croatia 15.725
3. Louis Smith Great Britain 15.725

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Sandra Izbasa Romania 15.650
2. Shawn Johnson U.S.A. 15.500
3. Nastia Liukin U.S.A. 15.425

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