Wednesday, August 1, 2012

May-Treanor and Walsh Lose First Olympic Set But Take The Match

It looks like Team USA's Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh will never lose a match. Despite Kerri Walsh's pinkeye, their 17-game winning streak is still intact. The two-time gold medalists were the first to score a point, but Austrian sisters Doris and Stefai Schwaiger quickly took a commanding lead that the pair just couldn't beat. They lost their first Olympic set ever, 17-21. But in their second court appearance, Walsh and May-Treanor proved why they deserved their No. 1 ranking. The spikes added up, and they easily took the set 21-8. The third and final set was a back and forth battle, but ultimately Team USA made the final point and won the match, 15-10. The pair advances to the women's beach volleyball top 16, next playing on August 3.

USA Makes a Big Splash in the Women's 4x200M Team Relay
With a total time of 7:49.92, Team USA took home another gold medal in swimming for the women's freestyle 4x200M team relay. Australia led after the second and third changeover, but Allison Schmit, who won the individual 200 freestyle final, was the last to swim and pushed the United States in front with her impressive leg time of just 1:54.09. Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, and Shannon Vreeland rounded up the team. Coming in nearly a second and a half later, Australia placed second, and France's team earned the bronze.

Team USA's Rebecca Soni Breaks World Record
Team USA's Rebecca Soni has qualified for the 200-meter breaststroke finals and set a new world record in the process. The gold-medal favorite finished her heat in just 2:20.00, a cool .12 seconds faster than the previous record holder. It was the fifth world record set in the pool at the London Games. The finals are scheduled for August 2 at 2:40 pm ET. If she clinches the win, Soni will become the first Olympian in history to win back-to-back gold medals in women's 200-meter breaststroke. She will also swim for Team USA in the 4 x100 medley relay. On Monday, Soni won silver for 100-meter breaststroke.

President Obama Calls the Fab Five and Tweets Phelps
After taking the gold in London, the U.S. women's gymnastics team received a congratulatory phone cal from President Barack Obama. After speaking to each one, he told the gymnastics champs "Michelle and I have watched and decided of all the Olympiads you guys amaze us the most." The gold medal winners immediately went to Twitter. Gabrielle Douglas posted "WOW such an honor," and Jordyn Wieber said "Just talked to the President…Pretty much the coolest thing ever!" But the Fab Five weren't the only ones receiving personal messages from the president. The man with the most Olympic medals in history woke up to tweet from President Barack Obama, and it looks like that's not their only contact. On Wednesday, the head of the London Games, Sebastian Coe, said he had his doubts as to whether Michael Phelps was the greatest Olympian ever, but President Obama is having none of it. The White House press secretary just tweeted: "From Mansfield, OH, POTUS just called to congratulate Michael Phelps. "The greatest Olympian ever," POTUS said. "We couldn't be prouder!"

Serena Williams Easily Advances to Quarterfinals
On Wednesday, Serena Williams won her third-round single's tennis match against Russia's Vera Zvonareva in just a mere 51 minutes. The No. 4-seeded Serena repeatedly rocketed her groundstrokes past 13-seeded Zvonareva to win 6-1,6-0. Firing 12 aces and striking 32 winners, Williams has been dominant through the first three rounds, dropping just 10 total games. The 30-year old owns 14 major singles titles and needs an Olympic gold medal to complete a career "Golden Slam." She will advance to the quarterfinals taking on the winner of the Carolinae-Wozniacki-Daniela Hantuchova match. Serena will also play in the women's doubles quarterfinals with her sister, Venus.

Hungary's Swimmer Sets New World Record
On Wednesday, Daniel Gyurta broke the previous world record and won Hungary's second gold meda in Men's 200 M Breaststroke. He took the lead from Kosuku Kitajim of Japan at the 150M mark. Gyurta's winning time was 2:07.28, four hundredths of a second better than the previous world record. Michael Jamison of Great Britain took silver, and Japan's Ryo Tateishi finished third.

U.S. Fencer Stabbed Out of Medal
In the men's fencing semifinal epee match, Team USA's Seth Kelsey was defeated by Ruben Limardo Gascon of Venezuela. During the first three minute period, Kelsey had the first stab, but Gascon quickly came back evening the score. As the second period ended, it was still a draw at 2-2. Kelsey got a quick hit at the beginning of the third, but it was only at the expense of one from Gascon. At the end of the third, the score was tied 5-5, forcing a winner takes all overtime. Ultimately, Gascon made the final jab and will advance to the gold medal match. Kelsey competed for the bronze against South Korea's Jung Jinsun but fell in overtime, 11-12.

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