Highlights of action Monday at the Beijing Games
Michael Phelps got his second gold medal in his quest for eight - thanks to a late comeback in the 400-meter freestyle relay by Jason Lezak, who lunged to the wall just ahead of the French anchor. The U.S. team's time of 3 minutes, 8.24 seconds shattered its world record of 3:12.23 set the night before in preliminaries. Phelps, meanwhile, qualified for the 200-meter freestyle final and butterfly semifinal.
With a furious final kick, Rebecca Adlington pulled off an improbable comeback to defeat favored American Katie Hoff in the women's 400-meter freestyle, and become Britain's first female gold medalist in swimming in 48 years.
Libby Tricket of Australia won the women's 100 butterfly, while American Christine Magnuson claimed the silver and another Aussie, Jess Schipper, took the bronze.
Kosuke Kitajima of Japan ended American Brendan Hansen's hopes of an individual medal, winning the 100 breaststroke in 58.91, breaking Hansen's 2-year-old record of 59.13.
Abhinav Bindra won the 10-meter air rifle, India's first-ever gold medal in an individual sport. The win touched off giddy news coverage back home, praise from the country's leaders and gifts such as cash and a free lifetime railroad pass.
Host China has nine golds, three silvers and two bronzes for a games-leading total of 14; the U.S. is second with 12 total medals, three of them gold; Russia has no golds after 34 medal events.
"Experience was better than talent." - Frederick Bousquet, a member of France's 400-meter swimming relay team, which lost the gold to Phelps and the U.S.
Spanish cyclist Maria Isabel Moreno was kicked out of the games for testing positive for EPO in the first official doping case of the games. She was tested in the athletes' village on July 31 and had left the same day, citing an anxiety attack. ... Advancing in tennis were Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Dinara Safina and Olympic champion Nicolas Massu.
TUESDAY'S SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHT
Michael Phelps swims the men's 200 butterfly at 10:21 a.m. Wednesday (10:21 p.m. Tuesday EDT).