Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Olympic Fever: Phelps Breaks World Record to Capture 3rd Gold, Egypt Fall to Russia in Handball

Swimming

Michael Phelps continued his quest of 8 Golds in Beijing when he grabbed his third Gold medal at the 2008 Olympics by winning the 200m freestyle race Tuesday morning in 1.42.96, breaking yet another world record time.

It seems that everytime Phelps takes to the waters, he breaks a world record. All his victories so far in Beijing have broken world records.

What's even more amazing is that within an hour after he completed the race and got his medal, the 23-year-old American jumped in the pool once again to win the 200m butterfly semifinal.

I just can't get enough of that guy and am sure the medals will just keep on coming.

Meanwhile, American swimmer, Natalie Coughlin managed to snatch the 100m backstroke medal from Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry, who had broken Coughlin's world record in the semifinals earlier. Coughlin however seemed unfazed by Coventry's success in the semis and went on to bring home the first Gold medal for American female swimmers in Beijing.

Handball

Egypt suffered a heartbreaking 28-27 loss to Russia in Handball on Tuesday to remain last in their group with 1 point from their draw with European champions, Denmark.

Egypt, who were trailing by 3 goals most of the first half before they managed to draw at 13-13, were also down most of the second half but somehow managed to cut a 4-goal Russian lead to tie them at 27-27 with only 15 seconds left. The Russians then committed an offensive foul and the ref blew his whistle to give the possession to the Egyptians before another ref interfered and changed the call to give the ball back to Russia with only 8 seconds left. Unfortunately, those 8 seconds were enough for Russia to score and deny Egypt a valuable point.

I still don't get how the ref made that call and I will try to find the video on youtube and post it for all to see.

Next up for Egypt are Germany, who fell to Iceland 33-29.

Tennis

Soon-to-be officially crowned number 1, Rafael Nadal, crushed former world number 1, Lleyton Hewitt, 6-1, 6-2, to storm into the last 16. Nadal, who is making his singles debut at the tennis olympics, next takes on Russia's Igor Andreev, who booked his spot in the last 16 on behalf of France's Michael Llodra.

Unfortunate for Hewitt, he will still face Nadal again in his coming doubles match where he pairs with his compatriot Chris Guccione against Nadal and Tommy Robredo.

Soon-to-be dethroned, Roger Federer, convincingly dispatched El Salvador's Rafael Arevalo to book a revenge last 16 meeting with Tomas Berdych, who eliminated Federer from the Athens Olympics 4 years ago.

World number 3, Novak Djokovic, also advanced to the last 16 where he meets Russia's Mikhail Youzhny.

Basketball

The dream team continued their bulldozing fest in Beijing as they posted their second victory with a 97-76 win over Angola. The Africans were shooting threes like crazy but that didn't help them much against the likes of Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Lebron James and Dwight Howard.

Meanwhile, China were handed their second loss when they fell to Spain 85-75 after playing overtime. Yao Ming and his crew were 14 points ahead at the end of the 3rd quarter before Spain crawled their way back into the match forcing an overtime. Ming and all 226 centimetres of him couldn't stop the world champions from claiming a victory.

In other basketball action, Gold medal holders, Argentina disposed of Australia 85-68.

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