Olympic round-up: Japanese gymnast impressive in taking gold medal

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 10:02 p.m. MDT

Spectators walk outside Wembley Stadium on the way to Wembley Arena, the venue for badminton, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Associated Press

LONDON — Kohei Uchimura wanted to lead Japan to the gold medal in men's gymnastics, but he struggled in the final and settled for silver.

It was a much different story in the all-around competition.

Uchimura added Olympic gold to the world titles he's won the last three years, and it was never much of a contest. His score of 92.690 was more than 1.5 points ahead of silver medalist Marcel Nguyen of Germany. American Danell Leyva got the bronze.

GOLDEN HOSTS: Host Britain picked up its first two gold medals of the games when Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the final of the women's pair at the rowing regatta and cyclist Bradley Wiggins took the time trial, delighting the crowd at Hampton Court Palace.

CYCLING: American Kristin Armstrong defended her title in the women's time trial, beating Judith Arndt of Germany by more than 15 seconds to get the gold.

SWIMMING: Michael Phelps put himself in position to add to that total when he advanced Wednesday night to the 200-meter individual medley final. Fellow American Rebecca Soni moved on in the 200 breaststroke, setting a world record in the semis. Nathan Adrian (100 freestyle), Daniel Gyurta (200 breaststroke) and China's Jiao Liuyang (women's 200 butterfly) each won a gold medal, and the United States finished first in the women's 4x200 freestyle relay.

TENNIS: Venus Williams was eliminated in the singles competition at Wimbledon, losing 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) to No. 7-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany. Seeking a record fourth gold medal in Olympic tennis, Williams still has a shot with sister Serena in doubles.

BASKETBALL: Angel McCoughtry scored 18 points, Tina Charles had 16 and the U.S. women beat Turkey 89-58 in a matchup of unbeaten teams. Also, France edged Canada 64-60 to advance to the next round; Russia remained unbeaten with a 67-61 win over Britain; and Australia rebounded from its first loss to a non-American team in the Olympics since 1996 with a 67-61 victory over Brazil.

BOXING: Three American fighters lost to a Cuban world champion and two Russian heavyweight, depleting the U.S. ranks to four remaining men. Top-seeded bantamweight Lazaro Alvarez of Cuba beat Joseph Diaz Jr. 21-15, and U.S. heavyweight Michael Hunter tired badly in the third round of a narrow loss to Artur Beterbiev before super heavyweight Dominic Breazeale dropped a 19-8 decision to Magomed Omarov.

FENCING: Two-time Olympic sabre champion Mariel Zagunis, who carried the American flag at the opening ceremony, lost her last two matches and failed to make the podium. Kim Jiyeon of South Korea won the gold, beating Russia's Sofya Velikaya in the final.

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