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London Olympics opening watched by record 40.7 million Americans
July 29, 2012 9:25am
LOS ANGELES - A record 40.7 million Americans watched NBC television's coverage of the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, making it the most-watched Summer Games opening, NBC said on Saturday.
NBC said the audience for the London ceremony was six million more than for the opening ceremonies from Beijing in 2008, and also beat the 39.8 million audience for the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996.
U.S. viewers had to wait up to seven hours on Friday to watch the London ceremony after NBC decided not to stream it live and to delay its broadcast until the prime time evening hours.
NBC sports group chairman Mark Lazarus said in a statement on Saturday that the record audience for London "is a great early sign that our strategy of driving people to watch NBC in primetime is working."
NBCUniversal paid $1.18 billion for the U.S. rights to the London Olympics. It is streaming all the sporting events live online and boosting its TV coverage of the 2012 games to more than 5,500 hours.
But Americans took to Twitter in droves on Friday when they realized that the opening ceremony could not be seen until hours after it finished in the British capital.
CNN talk show host Piers Morgan, who was tweeting details about the ceremony from London, said on Friday: "Laughable that America is yet to start watching the Olympic ceremony on TV. Seriously."
NBC sports spokesman Christopher McCloskey said the opening ceremonies "are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them."
In a decision that caused controversy in Britain, NBC cut a musical tribute from the opening ceremony for the victims of the July 2005 extremist attacks in London buses and trains. Instead the network showed a brief interview with Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest.
NBC did not immediately return calls for comment on the matter.
Olympics: South Korea's Jin picks up pistol gold
July 29, 2012 12:24am
LONDON - Shooter Jin Jong-oh survived a mid-final wobble to claim victory in the men's 10 meter air pistol on Saturday to give South Korea their first gold medal of the London Olympics.
Jin finished with a score of 688.2 after his 10 shots in the eight-man final with Italy's Luca Tesconi winning silver with 685.8 and Serbia's Andrija Zlatic taking bronze on 685.2.
The South Korean threw both fists into the air after his victory which he seemed to be coasting to after five rounds when he held a 4.4 points advantage.
But the Korean, who won gold in the Beijing Games at the 50 meter pistol, then opened the door to his opponents as he struggled, scoring four consecutive nines with Tesconi cutting the advantage to 1.3 before the final shot.
But the 32-year-old Jin held his nerve and saved his best for last by firing a 10.8 to take gold to go with his silver in the discipline four years ago.
Tesconi could only manage a 9.7 with his final shot but he celebrated like he had won gold after securing a surprise silver after the 30-year-old started the final sixth.
China's defending champion Pang Wei finished in a disappointing fourth after some erratic shooting which brought five nines and a number of groans from the supporters.
Olympics: Vinokourov upsets British cycling party in road race
July 29, 2012 12:25am
LONDON - Old school cycling prevailed on Saturday as Kazakh Alexandre Vinokourov upset Britain's plan to set up a big sprint finish for world champion Mark Cavendish when he claimed the gold medal in the Olympic road race.
Colombian Rigoberto Uran took silver with Norway's Alexander Kristoff coming home third to win the bronze medal eight seconds behind.
A rider of instinct, Vinokourov had cleverly slipped into a 32-man group that the British team failed to rein in on the way back to central London from Box Hill.
Britain, brimming with confidence before the event, controlled the race all day but it proved too much of an effort for the four men who were looking to bring Cavendish home.
"Every other team was riding to slash our race. We just missed little bit of help," British road captain David Millar told reporters.
"Today it was the sprinters against the break away and the break away won," said Australian sprinter Matthew Goss.
The leading group took shape in the last of nine ascents of Box Hill and Britain did not have enough energy left to bring them back.
Tour de France runner-up Chris Froome dropped out with about 30 kilometers remaining, leaving Cavendish with only three teammates.
It was then Tour champion Bradley Wiggins' turn to drop out exhausted. David Millar took lengthy turns in front of the peloton as the gap to the leaders hovered at around a minute.
Cavendish finished in 28th position, 40 seconds behind Vinokourov.
Swiss Fabian Cancellara, one of the strong men in the leading group, missed a turn and crashed into the safety barriers.
He crossed the finish line five minutes and 43 seconds off the pace with an apparent wrist injury just four days before he attempts to defend his Olympic time trial title.
The crash split the group up and Uran and Vinokourov pulled away to contest a two-man sprint, which the Kazakh, who was suspended for two years in 2007 for blood doping, easily won.
Vinokourov announced he would quit professional cycling after crashing out of the Tour de France last year, but could not resist the urge to get back on the bike.
It was all about Cavendish on Saturday morning.
After being greeted by Prince Charles and Camilla, the Manx man was the first to roll off with Wiggins to raucous applause from the crowd.
A big black dog crossed the road in the opening kilometers but both the animal and the peloton escaped unhurt.
Britain were left to chase an early breakaway receiving virtually no help from other teams, who knew aiding them to bring Cavendish to a mass sprint would almost certainly deprive them from gold.
Germany, also looking for a mass sprint for Andre Greipel, were nowhere to be seen at the front of the peloton, prompting Millar to urge them to take their share of the work.
As a game of bluff and counter bluff unfolded, Britain briefly dropped from the front of the bunch. Froome and Wiggins, however, were back in control as the peloton tackled the first ascent to the top of Box Hill.
Germany only sporadically came to the rescue and the lack of cooperation eventually ruined all the sprinters' chances.
On the last climb to Box Hill, Vinokourov, but also danger men Luis Leon Sanchez and Alejandro Valverde of Spain, joined a strong group who was chasing Belgian Philippe Gilbert.
Gilbert was reeled in and Vinokourov, the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner, took his chance.
Olympics: Hidayat on track for badminton showdown with Lin
July 29, 2012 8:57am
LONDON - Former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat convincingly won his first round men's singles match to stay on a collision course with Chinese arch-rival Lin Dan as the London Games' badminton tournament kicked off on Saturday.
Hidayat's opponent, Czech cancer survivor Petr Koukal, won admirers just for being at the tournament.
Indonesian Hidayat, perhaps the only player to have ever got under world number one Lin's skin, barely broke sweat as he toppled the towering Koukal 21-8, 21-8 at a still and muggy Wembley Arena.
Hidayat, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Games, faces another group match against Spain's Pablo Abian on Tuesday before a likely round of 16 encounter against reigning champion Lin.
The 30-year-old Hidayat has failed to reach the heights of his world title-winning days in the middle of the last decade, but Lin was a keen observer in the stands of the player he shared a string of spats with in years past.
"I'll try to do my best in my last Olympics but Lin Dan is the best in the world," a pessimistic Hidayat told reporters.
"When I was young, [I could beat anyone]. Now I am old."
Koukal carried the flag for the Czech Republic at Friday's opening ceremony and appeared drained as he clambered in vain after sweetly-timed drop-shots and smashes.
Less than two years ago, Koukal feared for his life after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent months of chemotherapy after having emergency surgery.
He started training again last year and his Olympic qualification was hailed as a "Lance Armstrong" effort by Czech media, in reference to the American cyclist who overcame testicular cancer before going on to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles.
The rangy Koukal was disappointed with his performance against Taufik, however, and said his late night duty as Czech flag bearer probably had not helped.
"About a year and a half ago I wasn't really sure I would be alive so this is a win for me just to be here," he said.
"I was honored to carry the flag, so I couldn't say no."
Britain's Union Jack flag was ever-present in the packed 4,800 seat venue and local fans greeted mixed doubles medal hopes Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier with a thunderous roar when they marched on court.
But after a promising start, the British world silver medalists were ground down 14-21, 21-9, 21-18 by the disciplined Russian pairing of Aleksandr Nikolaenko and Valerya Sorokina.
"We got a great start, our tactics were bang on ... unfortunately we didn't keep the pressure on them in the second and they got the momentum," Adcock said.
"It definitely wasn't stage fright, it was the fact that they managed to change their tactics to combat ours and they obviously did that very successfully."
The British pair face an uphill battle to make the knockout round of 16 and must finish in the top two of their tough Group A which features the Chinese world number one pairing of Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei.
Twelve years after winning a men's doubles gold for Indonesia at the 2000 Sydney Games, Tony Gunawan's hopes of a dream debut for his adopted United States were dashed when he and partner Howard Bach lost in straight sets to South Korea's second seeded pairing of Chung Jae-sung and Lee Yong-dae.
After Adcock and Bankier's early loss, Briton Susan Egelstaff brought some cheer back to the home crowd when she disposed of Slovenia's Maja Tvrdy 21-15, 21-10 in the women's singles. Tvrdy admitted rowdy local fans had thrown her off.
"I don't usually hear anything but today I could hear the clapping," she said. "They were even clapping when I made a mistake. It wasn't really fair."
Adcock and Bankier have their last-chance saloon against 22nd-ranked Germans Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels when the badminton continues on Sunday, while world number five Saina Nehwal, India's greatest hope of a maiden badminton medal, starts her women's singles campaign against Swiss Sabrina Jaquet.
Olympics: Teenager Ye powers to gold in 400m swim medley, breaks record
July 29, 2012 9:00am
LONDON - A teenager with an irregular crop of hair and an uncertain smile, China's Ye Shiwen showed no sign of awkwardness in the pool as she powered to gold in the 400 metres individual medley on Sunday.
Both Ye and her compatriot Li Xuanxu, who won the bronze medal, showed off the new wave of Chinese women that will be a force to be reckoned with at the London Games.
Ye trailed American world champion Elizabeth Beisel after the penultimate breaststroke leg before unleashing a devastating sprint finish over the final two freestyle laps.
She covered the penultimate lap in 29.75 seconds, faster than Michael Phelps did in the men's medley final, then the last in 28.93, which was quicker than Ryan Lochte did in winning the men's event.
Ye also became the first female swimmer to break a world record since the ban of hi-tech suits, taking more than a second off the previous record, set by Australia's Stephanie Rice in Beijing four years ago, and all that despite a bad night's sleep and some pre-race nerves.
"I am so excited, it is out of a dream," she said. "My coach said he didn't imagine I would have this result."
Ye brushed off criticism from some quarters that China trains its competitors "like robots".
"Of course not," she said, in brief comments to reporters as she professed herself "too excited to think".
"I think we have very good training, very scientific based training, that's why we all have progressed."
Echoing her performance at the world championships last year when she won the 200m medley, Ye's powerful final laps in Saturday's grueling eight-lap race showed off the impact of the large hands that got her noticed by her kindergarten teacher, as she shattered Beisel's hopes for gold.
Beisel, who set the fastest time in the heats, took silver, but the 19-year-old said she was delighted just to be on the podium after missing out altogether in Beijing when she was just 15.
"I have probably been dreaming of this moment since I started swimming," she said of her medal, congratulating rival Ye on "the race of her life".
Ye, who turned 16 in March, comes from an ordinary working-class background in the affluent eastern tourism hub of Hangzhou, best known for its famous lake.
Olympics: Brazil, US volleybelles start with thrilling wins
July 29, 2012 9:08am
LONDON - Reigning women's volleyball champions Brazil prevailed in a late-night thriller against newcomers Turkey at Earls Court to complete a sizzling opening day of preliminary round action at the London Games on Saturday.
Brazil eventually edged home 3-2 in a match full of spellbinding rallies played out in front of raucous crowd liberally splashed with yellow and green, and red.
It was just a shame that thousands of neutrals had already departed to dash for trains home as the opening volleyball games stretched Day One of the Olympics way into Day Two.
Earlier the United States, loaded with multiple Olympians who are still seeking an elusive gold medal, fought off a tenacious South Korea 3-1 in another classic Pool B contest.
World champions Russia, with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev among the 15,000 fans, beat Britain 3-0 in Pool A in the host country's first appearance in indoor volleyball at the Olympics.
There were also wins for China over Serbia in Pool B while Japan eased past Group A rivals Algeria in the day's opener. Italy struggled to beat Dominican Republic 3-1 in Pool A.
If Brazil do retain the trophy, skipper Fabiana Claudino and her team will surely not have many tougher tests than posed by Turkey, who have become a genuine medal threat under Brazilian coach Marco Motta.
"We knew it was going to be like that, it's the Olympics and every game is like a final," Turkey-based Fabiana, appearing at her third successive Games, told Reuters.
"It was a great match and I think we played well. I never really thought we would lose. But we were anxious."
"The crowd were amazing to see so many Brazilians supporting us, it helped a lot."
The U.S. women's team, who face Brazil in a mouth-watering repeat of the 2008 final on Tuesday, were captained by Lindsey Berg, veteran of two previous Olympics, and also included Logan Tom, competing at her fourth Games in their line-up.
Both are seeking to win a long-awaited Olympic gold medal after falling short four years ago when they were beaten by the Brazilians in the final in Beijing.
With the explosive outside hitter Destinee Hooker, making her Olympic bow, finding the target with some ferocious spiking, the Americans won the first two sets 25-19 25-17 but South Korea hit back to win the third 25-20.
However, Hugh McCutcheon's team re-asserted their authority to finally subdue the Koreans, winning the fourth game 25-21 to end a compelling two-hour contest.
"Congratulations to Korea, they really made us work. We had to be on our toes, they made us work for everything," Berg told reporters. "I thought the girls at their first Olympics came out and really played volleyball."
New Zealander McCutcheon, who coached the American men to gold in Beijing, said he knew his side were in a tough pool.
"We get a day to re-group and get ready for the next game. They (Korea) are a tough team, well-coached with a lot of skill. It's a dangerous group so we are pleased with the win," he said.
The American women are not the only ones seeking a precious gold medal. Russia's 37-year-old spiker Evgenia Estes, playing at her sixth Games, has three silvers from 1992, 2000 and 2004, but has never topped the podium.
She said she feels Russia have every chance this time, especially with the imposing Ekaterina Gamova in their ranks.
"I have won three silver medals but I would like to add a gold," she said. "I expect our toughest opponents will be the United States followed by Brazil."
The first four teams from each pool progress to the quarterfinals. Men's action begins on Sunday.
like i said when i saw this 400 IM race on tv, deym!!!
ang layo na ng agwat ni Beisel after the breaststroke leg, then sa isang kisapmata humaharurot na si Ye sa freestyle leg.
that was a highlight film performance.
so Ye actually swam the freestyle leg of the medley faster than both Phelps and Lochte did!
Lacuna was 5th (or 6th ata) in his heat in 200M Free. He was actually at second but lost steam in the last stretch. Nice swim pa rin naman.
Exciting yung heat #5 ng 200M Free. First si Sun Yang at second si Ryan Lochte. Parang preview lang ng finals. Sila rin ang may fastest times sa semis. Mukhang hindi nag-qualify si Park Tae Hwan (edit: pasok pala). Hindi ko nakita pangalan niya.
Last edited by rehan; Jul 29, 2012 at 06:44 PM.
Spain vs China
2:41 3rd qtr 63-54
mukhang puti yong coach ng chinese
wala pala c rubio. sayang
oh 9 na lang end of 3rd
Spain pulling away in the 4th
Naglalaro pa pala yong ex NBA na si Wang Zhizhi
Last edited by lechon x; Jul 30, 2012 at 01:23 AM.
Another WR breaking performance in the 2nd day of swimming finals as Dana Vollmer (US) bagged the gold in Women's 100m butterfly.