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Liukin, Phelps are golden for U.S.

August 15, 2008
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"I'm extremely, extremely satisfied with the competition, with the performance," Emmons said Friday. "Ayvazian just had a great match. All you can do is shake the man's hand when he just shoots a better match than you do."

Also, American Vincent Hancock was leading after the first day of men's skeet qualifications.

Canoe-kayak

Look out for the Slovaks on the whitewater course.

Brothers Pavol and Peter Hochschorner won their third straight gold medal in double canoe slalom and countrywoman Elena Kaliska won the women's single kayak slalom for her second straight gold in the event.

Wrestling

The IOC is considering disciplining a Swedish wrestler who dropped his bronze medal on the mat in disgust as he left the medals ceremony Thursday. Ara Abrahamian was still angry about losing to eventual gold medalist, Andrea Minguzzi of Italy, in the semifinals.

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Abrahamian had to be restrained from going after the matside officials following the loss. He stormed away from the interview area and slammed a door to the dressing rooms so hard it shook an entire wall. Friends had to talk him into competing for the bronze.

"The disciplinary commission is looking into this," said an IOC spokeswoman, Emmanuelle Moreau. "They are in touch with the international federation to get all the facts."

Weightlifting

Cao Lei won China's seventh weightlifting gold medal, smashing three Olympic records on her way to the women's 75-kilogram title. It made the Chinese women 4-for-4; the men have three golds.

Cycling

Britain's Bradley Wiggins set an Olympic record in qualifying for the individual pursuit in track cycling, breaking the mark he set when he took the gold medal four years ago. The competition concludes on Saturday.

Sailing

After a nearly 4-hour weather delay, Finn- and Yngling-class sailors chased crucial points they'll need to make it into the 10-boat medal race planned for Saturday.

Organizers had hoped to pull off 27 races in 10 events to make up for races lost when the winds failed on Thursday and part of Wednesday, forcing cancellations.

Diving

China's Phelp-ian run to eight gold medals still looks good, with Guo Jingjing leading after the women's 3-meter springboard preliminaries.

Guo, who already successfully defended her synchronized springboard title with partner Wu Minxia, is in position to claim her second consecutive Olympic 3-meter individual title.

Table tennis

Bronze is still a possibility for the U.S. women's team, which knocked off Romania 3-1 and moved into a semifinal. The American team features two retired members of the Chinese national squad who resurrected their careers after immigrating to the United States.

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