Olympic highlights: August 14, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

August 14, 2008 is the sixth main day of the 2008 Olympic games, the below article lists some of the highlights.


Women's 200m butterfly

China won both the gold and silver medal in the final of the women's 200m butterfly, with the gold being taken by Zige Liu and the silver being taken by Liuyang Jiao.

With her time of 2:04.18, Liu set a new world record. This new world record in over one second quicker than the previous world record, which was set by the Australian Jessicah Schipper in 2006.

"I myself was shocked with the result," said Liu after the race. "I just swam at my own pace, not caring about the others, my coach said to me, 'We have two Chinese swimmers in the final, so you don't need to force yourself to win gold, you just need to try your best.'"

Men's 200m breaststroke

Japan's Kosuke Kitajima has beaten his own Olympic record and won the gold medal in the final of the men's 200m breaststroke. Kitajama's time of 2:07.64 was 0.97 secinds quicker than his previous Olympic record, which was set the previous day. It was, however, slightly behind the world record for the event, which is also set by Kitajima.

Brenton Rickard of Australia came in second with a time of 2:08.88 and Hugues Duboscq of France took the bronze medal with a time of 2:08.94.

Women's skeet

In the qualification rounds of the women's skeet, the Italian Chiara Cainero set a new olympic record with a score of 72, two points behind the current world record.

Cainero's best scoring round was the first round, where she won 25 points. She got 23 points in the second round and she added 24 points to her score in the final round.

Cainero will now go on to compete in the final.

Women's 12 arrows match

The South Korean Sung-Hyun park set a new Olympic record in the women's 12 arrows match with her score of 115. She set this record when competing in the individual 1/8 eliminations round of the competition against the Greek Elpida Romantzi.

Women's 4x200m freestyle relay

The Australian womens's 4x200m freestyle relay team have set a new world record an won the gold medal with their time of seven minutes and 44.31 seconds, almost six seconds ahead of the previous world record. The winning team consisted of Stephanie Rice, Bronte Barratt, Kylie Palmer and Linda Mackenzie.

"I feel amazing I just finished such a great meet," said Rice after completing the relay. "It is such a great feeling and there was not as much nerves [in the relay], just a lot of excitement."

The Chinese, American and Italian teams, which were in second, third and fourth place respectively, all finished with a time quicker than the previous world record.

Medal Table

Medal Count update


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