Thursday highlights at Beijing Games
Yang Wei made a great leap forward for Chinese gymnastics, winning the gold medal in the men's all-around. Counting the team competition, it was his second gold medal of the games and the third in gymnastics for China. The country last won a men's all-around gold in 1996.
China grabbed the outright lead in gold and total medals from the United States. Through 85 events, the hosts have 22 gold and 35 medals overall; the Americans have 10 gold and 34 overall.
GREAT SQUALL OF CHINA
Rain played havoc with the Olympic schedule. The U.S.-Canada softball game was suspended in the fourth inning with the Canadians leading 1-0, will resume Friday. Same with the lightweight men's and women's double sculls, lightweight men's four and men's quadruple sculls. Tennis was delayed, as was canoe-kayak slalom and sailing. Rain shortened the U.S.-Netherlands baseball game, won by the Americans 7-0.
Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands announced his retirement after Alain Bernard of France took away his chance at an unprecedented third straight victory in the 100-meter freestyle. "Hoogie" also won the 200 free in Sydney, and he retires with three Olympic golds, two silvers and two bronzes.
Roger Federer was ousted by James Blake, Serena Williams was beaten by Russia's Elena Dementieva, and Venus Williams was beaten by China's Li Na. ... The U.S. men's basketball team beat Greece 92-69, remaining unbeaten. ... Tuvshinbayar Naidan of Mongolia won his nation's first gold medal ever, defeating Askhat Zhitkeyev of Kazakhstan in the men's judo 100-kilogram class. ... Kosuke Kitajima of Japan became the first man to sweep both breaststroke events at consecutive Olympics, winning the 200 meters. He took the 100 meters on Monday. ... Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, who won the beach volleyball gold in Athens, beat Norwegians Nila Ann Hakedal and Ingrid Torlen and retain their No. 2 seed in the medal round.
"He is the icon of the games." - International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, of U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps.
FRIDAY'S SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHT
Track and field begins, with Americans Adam Nelson, Reese Hoffa and Christian Cantwell vying for a medal sweep of men's shotput, 9 p.m. (9 a.m. EDT)
The Bryan brothers go for the men's doubles gold medal, weather permitting, starting at 4 p.m. (4 a.m. EDT).