American swimmer Michael Phelps has smashed a world record on his way
to winning a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.
Phelps shaved nearly one-and-a-half seconds off his own record in the
men's 400-meter individual medley race early on Sunday. Phelps is
trying to win a record eight gold medals in Beijing.
In other swimming competition, Australia's Stephanie Rice broke a world
mark to win the women's 400-meter individual medley. South Korea's Park
Tae-hwan won the 400-meter freestyle, while the Netherlands took gold
the women's four-by-100 freestyle relay.
China has earned three more gold medals, taking the 10-meter air pistol
event (Wenjun Guo), the women's three-meter springboard synchronized
diving competition (Guo Jingjing, Wu Minxia) and the men's 56-kilograms
weightlifting (Long Qingquan).
The Czech Republic won the men's trap shooting event (David
Kostelecky), Thailand earned gold in the women's 53-kilogram weight
lifting competition (Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon) andBritain
earned its first gold of the games in the women's road cycling race
South Korea earned the gold medal in the women's team archery event by
beating host country China.
Reigning Olympic judo champions Masato Uchishiba of Japan and Xian
Dongmei of China successfully defended their titles in the
half-lightweight division. (Xian
Dongmei outscored North Korea's An Kum Ae to win the women's
52-kilogram class, while Uchishiba defeated France's Benjamin Darbelet
in the men's 66-kilogram division). Matteo Tagliariol of Italy won
fencing gold in men's epee.