Norway has 1st gold, China, US in close medal race
A 36-year-old canoeist gave Norway its first gold medal of the London Olympics today as China and the United States continued their intense games-long competition for top spot on the medal table.india Updated: Aug 09, 2012 02:16 IST
A 36-year-old canoeist gave Norway its first gold medal of the London Olympics on Wednesday as China and the United States continued their intense games-long competition for top spot on the medal table.
Eirik Veras Larsen won the K-1 event over 1,000 meters at Dorney Lake west of London. Hungary won two of the four gold canoe and kayak medals decided there today. Rudolf Dombi and Roland Kokeny had a photo-finish in the men's 1,000-meter K-2 and the Hungarian women's quartet ended the 16-year dominance of their German rivals in the K-4 500.
China took over top spot in the gold medal race last weekend after the US had led for most of the first week.
China had 34, the US 30 and Britain 22 early today with more than 200 of the 302 medal events completed in the games that end Sunday.
Today, China was a near-certainty to pick up another gold in the men's team event in table tennis, where they've won every gold on offer so far. The Chinese could also pick up a gold in taekwondo, where Jingyu Wu was one of the favorites in the women's 49-kilogram class.
But the Americans will cut into the Chinese lead in the women's final in beach volleyball. Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor, who are aiming for their third straight golds, play the younger American pair of April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in the final at Horse Guards Parade.
"We want to seal the deal that we're the best team that's ever happened," Walsh Jennings said after the two-time gold medalists advanced to their third Olympic final by beating China in straight sets. "I want to win tomorrow for us. ... This will be our last match together, so we want to go out on top."
The US is also favoured in several track events and Brittney Reese is a strong gold medal chance in the women's long jump.
And Rich Fellers is among the leaders going into the final round of show jumping at the equestrian complex at Greenwich Park.