Five things to know about Thursday, Day 6 of the London Olympics

By Jay Cohen

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Aug. 2 2012 6:42 a.m. MDT

United States Michael Phelps competes in the men's 200-meter individual medley swimming semifinal at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.

Daniel Ochoa De Olza, Associated Press

LONDON — Five things to know about Thursday, Day 6 of the London Olympics:

— Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte compete against each other for the last time in the 200-meter individual medley.

— Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman go for gold in women's gymnastics all-around.

— United States wins second straight rowing gold medal in women's eight.

—Is Phelps greatest ever? Olympians weigh in.

—Venus Williams bounced from tennis singles; Serena advances.

The crowd booed as the badminton players dumped shots into the net, trying to improve their positioning for the next round. The umpire and tournament referee Torsten Berg issued warnings, imploring them to exert maximum effort.

Badminton's governing body finally had its say Wednesday, and it wasn't pleased, either.

Four teams were kicked out of the women's doubles at the London Games for trying to lose on purpose Tuesday, and a couple of the sport's top players said they were embarrassed by the whole episode

The eight doubles players from China, South Korea and Indonesia were cited by the Badminton World Federation for "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport."

"We have to be clear, there has been a problem here and we have to take that problem very seriously," federation secretary general Thomas Lund said. "There are things we can improve on and look at after this competition."

South Korea and Indonesia appealed the disqualification, but the federation rejected the South Korean appeal and the Indonesia challenge was withdrawn. China had accepted the federation's earlier decision.

"We applaud the federation for having taken swift and decisive action," IOC spokesman Mark Adams told The Associated Press. "Such behavior is incompatible with the Olympic values."

The eight disqualified players are world doubles champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China and their South Korean opponents Jung Kyun-eun and Kim Ha-na, along with South Korea's Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung and Indonesia's Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii.

The players went before a disciplinary hearing after spectators at the arena booed their performance when it became clear they were deliberately trying to lose.

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. Midway through the meet, the only question was how big his victory would be and who would be standing next to him on the medals podium.

Uchimura's score of 92.690 was more than 1.5 points ahead of silver medalist Marcel Nguyen of Germany. American Danell Leyva got the bronze.

"I have been a world champion three times, three years in a row. But this is different," Uchimura said. "It's once in four years, and the wait was there. I felt like the demon was chasing me this time."

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 on the banks of the River Thames.

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.

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