OLYMPIAN - Wednesday August 20,2008
One kilogram - that was all it took to crown the world's strongest man.
Rashid Ramzi handed Bahrain its first-ever Olympic medal when he won the men's 1,500m at the Beijing Games yesterday.
China is closing in on a clean sweep of all eight diving golds on offer with He Chong winning the men's 3m springboard yesterday with a spectacular show in the Water Cube.
Shawn Johnson of the United States finally got her Olympic gold medal yesterday.
Australian Anna Meares should not be in Beijing at all. She should have been bedridden for the rest of her life, never again to ride on her bicycle.
Competing in one of the most grueling events of the Olympics is one thing, beating the world's best triathletes - including the "Tiger Woods" of the triathlon - to claim the top spot is quite another.
Paul Goodison secured Britain's third gold of the Olympic regatta when he made up for disappointment in Athens by winning the Laser title yesterday.
Henry Cejudo, a son of immigrants from Mexico, took gold yesterday in the 55kg freestyle wrestling final.
China rocked its home spectators at the Wukesong Basketball Arena yesterday, demolishing Belarus 77-62 and advancing to the semifinals of the women's basketball tournament.
China's women advanced to the semifinals of the volleyball competition after emphatically beating Russia at the Capital Gymnasium yesterday.
Nigeria will face Argentina in the men's football finals Saturday, the former trouncing Belgium and the later putting the boot to Brazil.
Even if she does not win a medal, South African swimmer Natalie du Toit's journey to the Olympic Games has already won hearts around the world as a triumph of courage over tragedy.
Watch Out For
Russian open water superstar Larisa Ilchenko will enter the women's 10km marathon swimming race as overwhelming favorite to take gold in an event making its Olympic debut at Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park today.
FENG SHUYONG, head coach of China's track and field team, published this letter from Liu Xiang on his blog.
Fun and Games
Tennis legend Roger Federer finally won a gold medal in doubles in Beijing - where locals have been calling him "Milk Cow" (Nainiu, pictured above and top).
Paula Radcliffe vowed this week to prolong her career until the London 2012 Games after her second tilt at the Olympic marathon title ended in a familiar combination of tears, pain and disappointment.
National Art Museum of China is hosting an exhibition by Cai Guoqiang, whose pyrotechnics are internationally famous, as are his installation events.