In a second-round match played at Wimbledon, France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga outlasted young Canadian Milos Raonic to win the longest tennis match in Olympic history, 6-3, 3-6, 25-23. The epic third set lasted three hours, longer than any full match played thus far in the Games.
Raonic dug himself into early holes on a number of do-or-die service games in the final set, only to quickly charge from behind with his powerful serves. He saved two match points and forced a 48th game of the set but couldn’t hold off Tsonga in the end. The 2011 Wimbledon semifinalist slammed a winner off a fat volley to end the match in 3 hours, 57 minutes.”
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“LONDON – In the final 10 meters of his history-making race, Michael Phelps was alone in the open – a fitting margin for an Olympic icon who is now the most decorated medal-winner of all time.
Swimming the anchor leg of the men’s 200-freestyle relay, Phelps held onto a significant lead and delivered the United States another gold medal – the 15th of his career and the 19th time he has stood on an Olympic podium. He’s now alone in the overall medal count, having broken a tie with Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina as the most-decorated athlete in the history of the Games.”
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“The United States finished fifth in the men’sgymnastics team final after winning the qualification round Saturday. In the team final’s unforgiving three-up, three-count format, early mistakes were enough to dig the U.S. into a hole from which it could not emerge.
Pommel horse has always been the American Achilles heel, and it reared its ugly head again on Monday as Danell Leyva and John Orozco fell off the apparatus. But it wasn’t the only place the U.S. faltered, as Sam Mikulak put his hands down on a tumbling run in floor exercise, and Orozco fell on vault.
With three rotations left, the Americans headed to the vault. If they were going to get to the podium, this was going to be the apparatus where they could get it done because of the high scores they’ve posted on the vault in the past…”
“Fourteen minutes: That’s how long American teen swimming sensation Missy Franklin had in between two swims on Monday night at the Aquatic Center in London. Fourteen minutes: barely enough time to cool down or slow your pulse or put on a sweatshirt or, if she had to, take off those painted-on swimsuits to use the restroom. And the 17-year-old swimming the most ambitious program in women’s Olympic history showed nary a sign of fatigue. Ahh, the exuberance of youth.
Franklin won a gold medal in her first individual final in London, coming behind from an early deficit to win the 100 backstroke in 59.12. That race started 14 minutes after she finished her semifinal in the 200 freestyle, touching in fourth in her heat and qualifying eighth for Tuesday’s final.
When she got out of the pool after the 200, the clock had just hit 7:38 p.m. in London. Fourteen minutes later, she was jumping back in.”
LONDON — “Ryan Lochte grabbed at theedge of the pool, head down, staring at the water. Michael Phelps glared at the scoreboard, trying to digest the first silver medal of his Olympic career.
Right beside them, the French celebrated.
It was just like 2008 but with the roles reversed.
This time, it was France chasing down the United States — and Lochte, no less — to win another riveting relay at the Olympics.
“We got our revenge,” French swimmer Clement Lefert said.
With Phelps looking much stronger than he did the night before, the Americans built a commanding lead over the first three legs of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay Sunday and never really had to worry about the defending world champions from Australia.
When Lochte dove into the water on the anchor leg, he was a half-body length ahead of the field and looking to add another gold to his dominating victory Saturday in the 400 individual medley.”
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“Britain’s carefully orchestrated plan to dominate the Olympic cycling events were dashed Saturday when Alexandr Vinokourov of Kazakhstan won the road race, with Columbia and Norway taking the silver and bronze spots.
The race was Britain’s to lose and Britain lost badly. Mark Cavenish, backed by an all-star team of riders, was the odds-on favourite to win the 250-km event and hand Team GB its first gold on the first official day of the Games.”
-The Globe and Mail
“The London Olympics got off to a disastrous start for Michael Phelps, as the 14-time gold medalist finished off the podium in the 400 IM, the event he had won at the past two Summer Games. It was Phelps’ first Olympic loss in eight years. The last time he failed to medal was in his debut as a 15-year-old in Sydney.
Ryan Lochte steamrolled the rest of the field to win the gold medal. He was ahead of Phelps’ world-record pace for much of the race but faltered in the freestyle leg. His winning time of 4:05.18 was more than a second behind the mark Phelps set in Beijing. The world record may have proved elusive, but Lochte drew first blood in his much-heralded matchup with Phelps.
Even in defeat, Phelps still made the headlines. The loss to Lochte wasn’t unexpected. Finishing off the podium was the shocker. Even the most pessimistic scenarios didn’t have Phelps finishing any worse than silver in this event. This was one of his signature events in his prime, a race he didn’t lose at a major competition for more than five years. On Saturday, he looked like just another swimmer in Lane 8.”
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“Eleven hours after the queen officially opened the Games of the XXX Olympiad and seven British youngsters lit the Olympic cauldron, the first gold medal of the Games was awarded. China’s Yi Siling was victorious in the women’s 10-meter air rifle shooting, an event which began before noon Saturday in London.”
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