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Day 8 of London 2012: China wins 5 gold, 2 silver

08-05-2012 07:34 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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At the end of day eight in London, China trail the US by one gold at the top of the medals table. But it’s not for the want of trying as Chinese athletes added five gold, two silver and three bronze to an already impressive total. On a day when the US shone in the pool, China starred in badminton, athletics, swimming and fencing and also picked up medals in the trampoline.

In badminton rising star Li Xuerui won gold after a thrilling final against world number one and compatriot Wang Yihan. Li took the edge after winning the first set. Then Wang showed the class that has kept her at the top of the world rankings for eighteen months, by storming back to take the second 23 to 21. In the end, twenty-one-year-old Li, who burst into Olympic contention this year, held her nerve to win gold.

Women’s pair Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei added more badminton success, beating Japan’s Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa. The Japanese were massive underdogs going into the final and only great defense had them fighting until the end. They saved three match points, but eventually crumbled as Tian and Zhao won in straight sets. China has won the women’s doubles for the fifth straight Olympics. They have now won the most Olympic badminton medals of any country, with 30 -- 11 of them gold.

In athletics, it was gold and two bronzes for China. Teenager Chen Ding won the men’s 20 kilometre walk and Wang Zhen finished in third place. Chen Dingtriumphed in an Olympic record time of 1 hour 18 minutes and 46 seconds. Li Yanfeng added the third medal in the women’s discuspicking up bronze.

On the final day of swimming, China’s Sun Yang won the men’s fifteen-hundred meter freestyle, in spectacular fashion. He broke his own world record, finishing in 14 minutes 31 point zero two. Sun Yang was the top qualifier and the final was all about him, as the others finished eight seconds behind.

In fencing...China won the gold medal in the women’s team epee. They triumphed with a score of 39 to 25 after the nine matches against South Korea. China recovered from a nervous start. And a flurry of touches by world number one Sun Yujie, allowed them to win the contest.

Finally, Canada’s Rosannagh Maclennan snatched gold from what could of been a one-two for China in the women’s trampoline. Defending Champion He Wenna qualified in first place for the final and looked odds on to take home gold. But in the end, she and compatriot Huang Shanshan had to settle for bronze and silver.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CCTV.com

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