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Photos: North Korean Om sets Games lifting record

Last updated on: July 29, 2012 21:36 IST

Photos: North Korean Om sets Games lifting record

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North Korean weightlifter Om Yun Chol set an Olympic record and matched the world record for the men's 56 kilogram clean and jerk lift on Sunday by lifting 168 kg - exactly three times his own bodyweight.

Lifting in the B group, consisting of the seven athletes who chose the lowest starting weights and were not expected to challenge for medals, Om laid down a total of 293 kg across two styles of lifts for group A athletes to beat later on Sunday.

Om, who stands just five feet tall, said he chose to lift in the B group to put pressure on the other competitors, and that he would return to watch others try to beat his total.


Image: Yun Chol Om of DPR Korea celebrates breaking the Olympic Record in the Mens 56kg Group B weightlifting of the London 2012 Olympic Games
Photographs: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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Shavdatuashvili wins men's Olympic judo gold

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Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Georgia won the Olympic judo gold in the men's 66-kilogram category on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Shavdatuashvili defeated Miklos Ungvari of Hungary in a tense final where he was frequently defending against repeated attacks from his opponent.

Shavdatuashvili managed to score with a throw after sweeping his opponent's foot in the first few minutes of the match.

Shavdatuashvili defeated one of the favorites, Masashi Ebinuma of Japan, in the semifinals with a match-ending ippon.

The bronze medals were won by Masashi Ebinuma of Japan and Cho Jun-ho of South Korea.


Image: Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Georgia competes with Miklos Ungvari of Hungary for the gold medal in Men's -66 kg Judo of the London 2012 Olympic Games
Photographs: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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China wins 1st diving gold at Olympics

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Wu Minxia is close to crowning herself China's new diving queen.

Wu and her partner He Zi won the first diving gold medal of the London Olympics on Sunday, putting the country on a path toward a possible sweep of the eight medals.

They led throughout the five-dive round and totaled 346.20 points in the 3-meter synchronized event.

"It's kind of if they mess up, then you have an opportunity," American silver medalist Abby Johnston said. "Anything can happen in this sport, so you still have that possibility."

It was Wu's fifth Olympic medal, leaving her one away from tying countrywoman Guo Jingjing's record of six medals. Guo was China's superstar diver until her retirement one-and-a-half years ago.

Wu has three golds, one silver and one bronze. She could earn another in the individual springboard event, where she has medaled twice before and will compete against He.


Image: Gold medalists Wu Minxia, front, and He Zi, rear, compete during the 3 Meter Synchronized Springboard final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park
Photographs: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

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Dutch rider Vos wins gold in women's road race

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Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won the gold medal in the women's road race Sunday, holding off Britain's Elizabeth Armitstead in a rain-drenched sprint on The Mall.

The former world champion made a daring move past Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya to emerge from the three-rider breakaway. Vos powered past a small group of fans waving the Dutch flag, and then raised her arms in triumph as she crossed the finish line.

Armitstead wound up with silver, Britain's first medal of the London Olympics.

The frantic sprint finish through a driving rain was reminiscent of four years ago in Beijing, when Britain's Nicole Cook pulled away late to win the gold medal.

Nobody could blame Vos for the scream she let loose across the finish line.

The Dutch rider, who won track cycling gold in the points race at the Beijing Olympics, had grown accustomed to finishing just off the top step in major races.

Vos has won five straight silver medals at the world championships, and had never stood on the podium in an Olympic road race.


Image: Marianne Vos of Netherlands (L) celebrates as she crosses the finish line ahead of Elizabeth Armitstead of Great Britain (R) to win the Women's Road Race Road Cycling
Photographs: Lennon/Getty Images

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China's Guo retains Olympic 10m air pistol title

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Guo Wenjun hadn't won anything, or even reached a final, for two years until she successfully defended her Olympic 10-meter air pistol title at the London Games on Sunday.

The surprise gold medal, though, caps the happiest time in her life, she said.

Since winning in the Beijing Games on her home range, Guo has married and had a baby daughter. That's why her results of late haven't been anything to rave about, she said.

When Guo competed in the Chinese Olympic trials almost a year ago, she was still breastfeeding. A Chinese reporter asked her if being a mother had doubled her workload as an elite athlete.

"I don't think so," she said, "because that's what I would do anyway."

Two other Beijing teammates and gold medalists, Chen Ying and Du Li, have also married and had children since. They will also be defending their titles at the Royal Artillery Barracks this week.


Image: China's Guo Wenjun celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 10-meter air pistol event
Photographs: Rebecca Blackwell/AP

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S Korea wins gold in team event, 7th straight

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South Korea won the gold medal in women's team archery at the Olympics on Sunday, winning its seventh consecutive title.

China won the silver. Japan took bronze, its first ever medal in archery. Ki Bo Bae, Lee Sung Jin and Choi Hyeonju hugged and pumped their arms in the air after their win.

South Korea and China also shot for the title in Beijing and under similar rainy conditions.


Image: Hyeonju Choi, Bobae Ki and Sung Jin Lee of Korea celebrate victory in the Women's Team Archery Gold medal match between Korea and China
Photographs: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

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American Rhode wins skeet gold

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Shooter Kimberley Rhode etched her name into the annals of great American Olympians on Sunday when she easily won the women's skeet gold medal to become the first U.S. competitor to win individual medals in five consecutive Games.

Rhode finished with a total of 99 points, only missing one of the 100 clays she shot at all day, ahead of Wei Ning of China on 91 with Slovakia's Danka Bartekova (90) taking bronze after a shootoff with Marina Belikova of Russia.

The American's total bettered her previous shared Olympic record of 93, which she set at the Beijing Games four years ago en route to a silver medal after a three-way shootoff.

The world number one drew successful green dust after shooting her first 50 orange clays in her opening two qualification sessions on the outdoor range before missing her only shot in the third and last session during the rain.


Image: Kimberly Rhode of the United States reacts while competing in the Women's Skeet Shooting final
Photographs: Lars Baron/Getty Images

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