Defending champion Taufik Hidayat crashed out of the men's badminton in his first match, still suffering lingering effects of dengue fever which hospitalised him just weeks before the Games. The Indonesian, who torns 27 on Sunday described the straight sets defeat to Wong Choong Hann as a surprise, but paid credit to the Malaysian veteran playing in his third Olympics. Meanwhile, Lin Dan advanced to the third round with a straight set win.
Hole in lung ruins teenager’s dream
A day after learning he had a hole in one of his lungs, American teenager Javier Molina took to the ring in a light-welterweight bout at the Olympics on Sunday but his brave efforts were in vain. Molina, 18, missed Friday's opening ceremony and had stayed in bed for most of the past two days.
"The doctors discovered a hole in his lung yesterday (Saturday)," American coach Dan Campbell said. "The air seeps out into the skin and gets trapped."
Mammadli makes history on day of shocks
Elnur Mammadli took just 13 seconds of the men's -73kg final to win Azerbaijan's first ever-Olympic judo medal on a stunning day to claim gold at the Games on Monday.
Almost nothing went as was expected on a day of shocks that also saw the virtually unknown Italian Giulia Quintavalle claim gold in the women's -57kg category, beating Deborah Gravenstijn of the Netherlands.
Britain end 56-year wait as favourites cruise
Britain scored their first Olympic men's field hockey victory over Pakistan in 56 years on Monday. Reigning champions Australia flexed their muscles with a 6-1 rout of Canada in pool B, while World Cup winners Germany beat China 4-1. A hat-trick of penalty corners by Hayden Shaw saw New Zealand upset world number five South Korea 3-1.
Spanish cyclist kicked out for doping
In the first official doping case of the Beijing Olympics, Spanish cyclist Maria Isabel Moreno was kicked out of the games Monday after testing positive for EPO.