Beijing Olympics - Day 3
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2008 Beijing Games Day 3

Beijing Olympics - Day 3
Michael Phelps begins the first leg of the 400-meter freestyle relay. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Michael Phelps, Beijing Olympics - Day 3
Michael Phelps won his second gold medal in Beijing at the 400 freestyle.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Garrett Weber-Gale, Michael Phelps, Jason Lezak, Beijing Olympics -- Day 3
Garrett Weber-Gale, left, and Michael Phelps celebrate with Jason Lezak, in the water, after Lezak finished the team’s gold-medal effort.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Phil Dalhausser, Beijing Olympics - Day 3
Phil Dalhausser of the U.S. waits for the serve in a beach volleyball match against Switzerland. Dalhausser and Todd Rogers won their contest against Switzerland’s Sascha Heyer and Patrick Heuscher. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Todd Rogers, Phil Dalhausser, Beijing Olympics - Day 3
Todd Rogers, left, and Phil Dalhausser collide while returning a serve against Switzerland. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Reinder Nummerdor, Netherlands, volleyball, Beijing Olympics - Day 3
Reinder Nummerdor of the Netherlands dives for a ball in a beach volleyball match. Nummerdor missed the shot, but the Netherlands defeated Norway. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Beijing Olympics - Day 3
Satoko Suetsuna of Japan lines up a shot in a badminton match against China. Suetsuna and Miyuki Maeda won the match, defeating the defending Olympic doubles champions, Wei Yang and Jiewen Zhang. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Satoko Suetsuna, badminton, Beijing Olympics - Day 3
Japan’s Satoko Suetsuna celebrates after winning a point during a badminton doubles match against China. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Beijing Olympics - Day 3
Beating the defending Olympic champions is a big deal. It brought Japanese badminton player Miyuki Maeda to her knees. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Alexandra Escobar, Beijing Olympics - Day 3
Weightlifter Alexandra Escobar of Ecuador falls while attempting a lift in the finals of the women’s 58kg group. Escobar finished fifth in the finals. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Beijing Olympics - Day 3
U.S. women’s water polo defender Lauren Wenger battles for the ball against a Chinese player. The U.S. defeated China, 12-11. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Beijing Olympics - Day 3
Yujun Sun, of China’s women’s water polo team, scrambles for the ball during the first quarter against the U.S. team during a preliminary match. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Beijing Olympics - Day 3
U.S. women’s basketball team guard Sue Bird splits the defense of Chinese teammates Lijie Miao, left, and Lan Bian early in the first half of a game at Beijing’s Olympic Basketball Gymnasium.


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An earlier version of this caption mistakenly identified the U.S. player as Diana Taurasi. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Beijing Olympics - Day 3
U.S. women’s basketball captain Lisa Leslie looks to score against Chinese defender Lijie Miao in the first half of a preliminary game. The Americans routed China, 108-63. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Beijing Olympics - Day 3
Women’s Olympic basketball fans show their true colors as they cheer on China’s team during a preliminary match against the U.S. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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