Sport by sport
Archery: In an upset, Zhang Juanjuan of China beat Park Sung-hyun of South Korea in the women’s individual competition. It was the first time since 1980 that a non-South Korean has won the gold. Khatuna Lorig of the U.S. was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Yun Ok-hee.
Badminton: The top story line for this sport is if second-seeded Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia can win the country’s first gold medal. He won his quarterfinal singles match against Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia and will now try to take the next step in the semifinals.
Baseball: Rain interrupted the U.S.-Netherlands game, but the Americans’ 7-0 lead after seven innings was declared good enough for the win when the water came. In other games, Cuba beat Canada, 7-6, and Japan beat Taipei, 6-1. The South Korea-China game was postponed.
Basketball: Another easy win for the U.S. team, this time over Greece, 92-69. The U.S. is 3-0 and plays Spain on Saturday. In other games, Spain beat Germany, 72-59, Australia shut down Iran, 106-68, China beat Angola, 85-68, Lithuania defeated Russia, 86-79, and Argentina beat Croatia, 77-53.
Beach Volleyball: Another excellent day for the U.S. All three teams, Kerri Walsh-Misty May-Treanor, Nicole Branagh-Elaine Youngs and Jake Gibb-Sean Rosenthal, beat their opponents to finish pool play at 3-0. The other U.S. team, Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, also qualified to move on to the round of 16.
Boxing: Demetrius Andrade gave U.S. medal hopes a boost by beating Andrey Balanov of Russia, 14-3, in the welterweight division. He’s the first U.S. boxer to win two bouts and it pits him against Kim Jung-joo of South Korea in the quarterfinal round. The winner will move into the medal round.
Canoe/Kayak: One semifinal of the men’s canoe double slalom was completed before the competition was rained out. In that race, Felix Michel and Sebastian Piersig of Germany won, followed by Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The U.S. was not in that race. Competition resumes today.
Equestrian: The U.S. came close in the team dressage competition but fell a horse flick short. Germany was awarded the gold medal, followed by the Netherlands and Denmark. The U.S. team was made up of Courtney King, Debbie McDonald and Steffen Peters.
Fencing: After sweeping the medals in the individual competition, the U.S. had to settle for a bronze in the women’s team sabre competition. But that’s what Mariel Zagunis, Sada Jacobson and Becca Ward wound up with after losing to Ukraine in the semifinals.
Field Hockey: The U.S. women are running out of chances after a 4-2 loss to Germany. Tiffany Snow and Angela Loy scored for the U.S., which has a 0-1-2 record and pool play games remaining against New Zealand and Britain. In other games, the Netherlands beat China, 1-0, Spain topped South Korea, 2-1, Argentina beat Japan, 2-1, Australia shut out South Africa, 3-0, and Britain beat New Zealand, 2-1.
Handball: France came out of Thursday as the only undefeated team in the men’s tournament. It beat Croatia, 23-19. In other games, Germany got by Egypt, 25-23, Poland defeated Brazil, 28-25, South Korea squeaked by Iceland, 22-21, Spain crushed China, 36-22, and Denmark beat Russia, 25-24.
Judo: Not much luck for the U.S. in this sport. Adler Volmar lost to Amel Mekick of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 100-kg classification. Because Mekick lost in the next round, Volmar was not eligible to re-enter the tournament.
Rowing: All of the rowing on Thursday was postponed because of bad weather. The events will now be held today, originally scheduled as an off day. No medals will be awarded until Saturday.
Sailing: The competition was washed out first by a lack of wind and later because of too much rain on Thursday. Competition will be picked up today. Medals will be awarded in the Yngling and Finn classes.
Shooting: In the women’s 50-meter rifle, three-positions competition, Du Li of China won the gold. Americans Jamie Beyerle Sandra Fong were fifth and 21st, respectively.
Softball: The U.S. was beating Canada, 1-0, in the top of the fourth when the game was postponed by rain. It will be resumed after the U.S. plays Japan today. In other games, Australia beat China, 3-1, Japan shut out the Netherlands, 3-0, and Taiwan beat Venezuela, 3-0.
Table Tennis: Could a U.S. medal be on the horizon? The U.S. women’s team beat the Netherlands, 3-1, and Nigeria, 3-0, and advanced as the No. 2-seeded team in the bronze-medal bracket. The three U.S. players are Jun Gao, Crystal Huang and Chen Wang.
Volleyball: The U.S. men’s team continues on a strong pace, beating Bulgaria, 27-29, 25-21, 25-14, 26-24. The U.S. team is now 3-0 and in excellent shape to advance to the next round against China. In other matches, Italy beat Venezuela, 3 sets to 0, China defeated Japan, 3-2, Germany beat Egypt, 3-0, Russia over Brazil, 3-1, and Poland beat Serbia, 3-1.
Water Polo: Things are looking less than great for the U.S. men’s team, which lost, 4-2, to Serbia. The team made only two of 27 shots. Peter Varellas scored both goals. Things get tougher for the U.S. as it plays top-ranked Croatia next. In other games, Croatia beat Germany, 13-5, Hungary defeated Spain, 8-5, Montenegro beat Greece, 10-6, Australia bested Canada, 8-5, and Italy crushed China, 19-7.
Wrestling: Adam Wheeler won the first U.S. wrestling medal this Olympics in the 96-kg Greco-Roman division. He beat Han Tae-young of South Korea, 3-1, 4-1, to take the bronze.