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.
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.