Olympic highlights: August 11, 2008

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Monday, August 11, 2008

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August 11, 2008 is the third main day of the 2008 Olympic games, the below article lists some of the highlights. As a lot of the new records were in swimming events, this article has several sections on swimming races.

Events

Women's 100m Backstroke

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The Zimbabwean Kirsty Coventry set a new world record in the semifinal of the women's 100m backstroke with a time of 58.77 seconds.

Natalie Coughlin, who was representing the United States, finished in second place, while Nakamura Reiko finished in third place with a time of 59.64.

Men's 100 m breaststroke

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The Japanese Kosuke Kitajima set a new world record and won the gold medal in the final of men's 100 m breaststroke with a time of 58.91.

Alexander Dale Oen won, who was representing Norway, finished in second place, while Hugues Duboscq of France finished in third place with a time of 59.37.

Men's 100m backstroke

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The Australian Hayden Stoeckel set a new Olympic record in semifinal of men's 100m backstroke with a time of 52.97 seconds..

Matt Grevers, who was representing the United States finished in second place, while Ashley Delaney, who was also Australian finished in third place with a time of 53.76.

Men's 10m air rifle

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The Indian Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in the final of men's 10m air rifle with a score of 700.5.

China's Zhu Qinan, who was representing China, won the silver medal, while Henri Hakkinen finished in third place with a score of 699.4.

Women's 400m freestyle

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Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington won the gold medal in the final of women's 400m freestyle with a time of 4:03.22 minutes..

Katie Hoff, who was representing the US, won the silver medal, while Joanne Jackson, also British, finished in third place with a time of 4:03.52.

Men's 4x100m freestyle relay

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The American team of Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones and Jason Lezak won the gold medal in come-from-behind fashion with a world-record time of 3:08.24 in the Men's 4x100m freestyle relay final. Anchor Jason Lezak made up nearly a half-second deficit against French anchor Alain Bernard to win the race by 0.08 seconds.

France took the silver medal with a time of 3:08.32, an European record. Australia won the bronze medal with a time of 3:09.91, an Oceanian record.

The American team had previously broken the world record during the qualifying heats, setting at 3:12.23.

Lezak's leg split of 46.06 seconds is the fastest 100m freestyle ever performed. However, only leadoff legs in relay events can count toward the individual event world record.

Women's 58kg weightlifting

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The Chinese Yanqing Chen set a new Olympic record and won the gold medal in the final of women's 58kg weightlifting with a score of 244.

Marina Shainova, who was representing Russia won the silver medal, while Jong Ae O, a North Korean, finished in third place with a score of 226.

O's score was one less than the score of Shainova, the person in second.

Women's 200m Freestyle

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The Italian Federica Pellegrini set a new world record in heat six of women's 200m Freestyle with a time of 1:55.45 minutes.

Katie Hoff, who was representing USA finished in second place, while Agnes Mutina finished in third place with a time of 1:57.25.

Mutina was just 0.05 seconds behind Hoff, who finished in second place.

Medal Table

Medal Count update


Sources

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