Wednesday’s Olympic highlights

Published 10:39 am Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Michael Phelps swam into history as the winningest Olympic athlete ever with his 10th and 11th career gold medals — and five world records in five events. He won the 200-meter butterfly, then swam the leadoff of a runaway victory by the U.S. 800 freestyle relay team. The team shattered the world mark by more than four seconds, leaving Phelps more than halfway to his goal of eight gold medals in Beijing.


The favored U.S. women’s gymnastics team collapsed in the final two events to allow China to win the gold. The Americans settled for silver and Romania got the bronze.


Kristin Armstrong won the women’s time trial, making her just the second American women’s cyclist to become an Olympic champion. Connie Carpenter-Phinney won in Los Angeles in 1984.


In the medal battle between the U.S. and China, the Americans have 28 medals overall through 64 events, 10 of them gold. China has 16 gold and 24 medals overall.


“Today, I feel like I am a Georgian.” — Brazilian-born Cristine Santanna, who with her Georgian teammate defeated Russia in beach volleyball in a match that came after several days of fighting between Russia and Georgia.


Cat Osterman pitched a no-hitter as the U.S. Olympic softball team stretched its winning streak to 16 straight games to beat Australia 3-0. … Eric Shanteau, who put off surgery for testicular cancer to compete at the Olympics, failed by 0.13 seconds to qualify for a spot in the 200-meter breaststroke. He is scheduled for surgery in two weeks. … China played its first Olympic baseball game, losing 10-0 to Canada.


Michael Phelps’ quest for eight gold medals continues with the 200-meter individual medley 10:48 a.m. Friday (10:48 p.m. EDT Thursday).