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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

PostHeaderIcon Tuesday Olympic Updates: Shawn Johnson Goes for Gold

U.S. gymnast Shawn Johnson performs on the balance beam during the gymnastics apparatus finals at the Beijing 2008 Olympics  in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. Johnson won the gold medal.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Shawn Johnson wins gold in balance beam

BEIJING - Shawn Johnson finally got her Olympic gold medal in the last event of the women's competition Tuesday night, the balance beam.
  • Allyson Felix of the United States competes in a heat of the women's 200-meter during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
    Americans, Jamaicans advance easily in women's 200

    BEIJING - It was a long wait for Allyson Felix. It felt every bit as long for Muna Lee. Felix, Lee and American teammate Marshevet Hooker easily made it through the first round of 200-meter Olympic qualifying Tuesday morning by winning their heats.

  • American whiz kid Cejudo wins Olympic gold

    BEIJING - Henry Cejudo, the 21-year-old wrestling prodigy who had wrestled in only one world-level senior tournament before Beijing, has won the Olympic gold medal in men's freestyle 55-kilogram wrestling.

  • United States' Kerri Walsh (1) hits against Brazil's Talita Antunes in a semifinal beach volleyball match at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
    Walsh, May-Treanor in beach v'ball gold medal game

    BEIJING - The smile returned to Kerri Walsh's face long before the match was officially over, and the player known as "Six Feet of Sunshine" was back to her usual, bubbly self.

  • Hoy wins men's track cycling sprint gold

    BEIJING - Britain's Chris Hoy has taken his third gold medal of the Beijing Olympics, beating teammate Jason Kenny in the men's track cycling sprint.

  • China's Li wins parallel bars gold

    BEIJING - Li Xiaopeng has dominated the parallel bars — and the competition — winning the sixth gold medal in gymnastics for the Chinese men in the Beijing Olympics.

  • Pendleton wins women's track cycling sprint gold

    BEIJING - Britain's Victoria Pendleton has beaten Australia's Anna Meares for the gold medal in the women's track cycling sprint.

  • U.S. sailor Anna Tunnicliffe sails to the start of race four of the Laser Radial Women class sailing competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Qingdao, about 720 kilometers southeast of Beijing, Friday, Aug. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski)
    American Tunnicliffe wins Laser Radial sail gold

    QINGDAO, China - American Anna Tunnicliffe has won the Olympic gold medal in Laser Radial sailing after coming from behind in the final medal race to finish second and secure the top spot on overall points.

  • Yahel Castillo of Mexico competes at the men's 3m springboard diving preliminaries at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 18, 2008. Castillo ranked third in the preliminaries. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
    China's He Chong leads men's 3-meter diving semis

    BEIJING - He Chong is ahead after the semifinal round of men's 3-meter springboard, putting China in position to win its sixth diving gold medal of the Beijing Olympics.

  • Argentina wins gold in the track cycling madison

    BEIJING - Argentina's Juan Esteban Curuchet and Walter Fernando Perez have won the gold medal in the men's madison, their nation's first track cycling medal of the Beijing Olympics.

  • Zou Kai wins seventh men's gold for China

    BEIJING - China's gymnastics gold run concluded with, what else, another Olympic championship as Zou Kai won the high bar Tuesday night.

  • Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi (left) of Nigeria celebrates with teammate Chibuzor Okonkwo after scoring his second goal against Belgium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games men's semi-final football match at the Shanghai stadium. A goal in the first half and three in the second put African powerhouse Nigeria into the Olympic football final as they thrashed minnows Belgium 4-1.(AFP/Liu Jin)
    Nigeria into Olympic football final

    SHANGHAI (AFP) - A goal in the first half and three in the second put African powerhouse Nigeria into the Olympic football final Tuesday as they thrashed minnows Belgium 4-1.

  • Chinese supporters celebrate their team's victory in the men's team table tennis final against Germany at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games(AFP/Issouf Sanogo)
    China's Liu apologises, vows to rise again

    BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese athletics hero Liu Xiang made an emotional apology Tuesday to his fans for pulling out of the Olympics with an "unbearable" foot injury, while vowing to rise again.

  • Bolt advances in 200 meters; US woman wins discus

    BEIJING - Usain Bolt served up a speedy reminder Monday night that despite losing one of the Beijing Games' biggest attractions, there's still plenty to look forward to in Olympic track and field.

  • Track cyclist Chris Hoy of Britain competes against Mickael Bourgain of France in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games men's sprint semi-finals at the Laoshan Velodrome. Hoy won Olympic gold in the men's track cycling sprint final after beating teammate Jason Kenny.(AFP/Carl de Souza)
    Cyclist Hoy beats Kenny to Olympic sprint gold

    BEIJING (AFP) - Britain's Chris Hoy won Olympic gold in the men's track cycling sprint final Tuesday after beating teammate Jason Kenny.

  • Usain Bolt of Jamaica gestures before his men's 200m heat of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 18, 2008. (Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)
    China's medal haul dulls pain of Liu exit

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's seemingly unassailable medal haul and cleanest air in a decade helped dull the host nation's pain on Tuesday over the injury to track idol Liu Xiang.

  • Britain's Victoria Pendleton celebrates winning the women's sprint semi-finals at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester earlier this year. Pedleton has grabbed her first Olympic gold after dominating Anna Meares of Australia over two legs of the women's sprint final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.(AFP/File/Martin Bureau)
    Cyclist Pendleton adds sprint gold to Britain's haul

    BEIJING (AFP) - Victoria Pendleton of Britain grabbed her first Olympic gold after dominating Anna Meares of Australia over two legs of the women's sprint final here Tuesday.

  • Lolo Jones of the US celebrates winning the women's 100m hurdles semi-final 1 at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 18. Jones leads a United States charge to build Olympic momentum as China maintain their stranglehold on the medals table, poised to replace the United States as the global sports power.(AFP/File/Valery Hache)
    Jones leads US charge on China's medal stranglehold

    BEIJING (AFP) - Lolo Jones leads a United States charge to build Olympic momentum Tuesday as China maintain their stranglehold on the medals table, poised to replace the United States as the global sports power.

  • Russia's Batirov wins 60 kg freestyle wrestling

    BEIJING - Mavlet Batirov of Russia has won the Olympic 60-kilogram freestyle wrestling gold, defeating Vasyl Fedoryshyn of Ukraine at 60 kilograms.

  • Britain's Paul Goodison competes in the Laser Radial class at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Qingdao. Goodison won the Laser yachting gold medal. Goodison added to his country's impressive tally at the regatta, winning by 63 points to hand Britain its third gold.(AFP/Don Emmert)
    Britain's Goodison wins Laser yachting gold

    BEIJING (AFP) - Britain's Paul Goodison won the Laser yachting gold medal at the Beijing Games on Tuesday.

  • Sailor Anna Tunnicliffe of the US races for gold in the Laser Radial class at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Qingdao. British-born Tunnicliffe has given America an Olympic sailing title in a rare moment in the spotlight before the US team switches its attention to chasing track and field gold.(AFP/Don Emmert)
    Sailor gives US gold as track battle looms

    BEIJING (AFP) - British-born Anna Tunnicliffe gave America an Olympic sailing title on Tuesday in a rare moment in the spotlight before the US team switches its attention to chasing track and field gold.

  • Gold medallist Henry Cejudo of the U.S. attends the medal ceremony for the 55kg men's freestyle wrestling at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 19, 2008. (Oleg Popov/Reuters)
    Cejudo wins freestlye wrestling gold

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Henry Cejudo gave the United States its first wrestling gold medal of the Olympic Games on Tuesday with a clinical victory over Japan's Tomohiro Matsunaga in the men's 55kg freestyle.

  • Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates gives a speech in Beijing in April 2008. Few rivalries in sport match Australia and Britain and the barbs have started flying in Beijing, where the Brits could beat their Aussie cousins on the Olympic medal table for the first time in 20 years.(AFP/File/Torsten Blackwood)
    Barbs heat up as Aussie-Brit rivalry boils over

    BEIJING (AFP) - Few rivalries in sport match Australia and Britain and the barbs have started flying here, where the Brits could beat their Aussie cousins on the Olympic medal table for the first time in 20 years.

  • Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who still goes by the nom de guerre Prachanda, takes command of his office in Singha Durbar in Kathmandu August 18, 2008. REUTERS/Shruti Shrestha
    Nepal's new Maoist PM to attend Olympics close

    KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new Maoist prime minister will travel to Beijing to attend the closing ceremony of the Olympics, a government official said on Tuesday, in what would be his first trip abroad as the country's leader.

  • David Morgan, the president-elect of the International Cricket Council (ICC), speaks during an interview in Beijing. World cricket's leading administrator has said the "perilously close" start of next month's Champions Trophy in Pakistan made the ongoing uncertainty over the tournament a "concern".(AFP/Mark Ralston)
    Cricket chief reveals Champions Trophy concerns

    BEIJING (AFP) - World cricket's leading administrator has said the "perilously close" start of next month's Champions Trophy in Pakistan made the ongoing uncertainty over the tournament a "concern".

  • Alison Gregorka of the U.S. (L) and teammate Heather Petri celebrate after winning their women's semi-final water polo match against Australia at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 19, 2008. (Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)
    U.S. and Dutch into women's water polo final

    BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States battled its way into the final of the Olympic women's waterpolo on Tuesday with a 9-8 victory over arch-rival Australia.

  • Britain's track cyclist Jason Kenny competes in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games men's sprint semi-finals at the Laoshan Velodrome in Beijing. Britain are set for another track cycling gold medal later on Tuesday when teammates Chris Hoy and Kenny meet in the final of the men's sprint.(AFP/Carl de Souza)
    Scotland and England cyclists vie for sprint gold

    BEIJING (AFP) - Britain are set for another track cycling gold medal later on Tuesday when teammates Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny meet in the final of the men's sprint.

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