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Olympic Victories!

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Kenya wins gold, Australia makes Olympic history and China mourns a loss. Get caught up--and see what's on tonight.


What you missed:

•Stephanie Brown Trafton, 28, draped an American flag over her shoulders last night and ran a victory lap after winning gold in women's track and field. Trafton is the first woman since 1982 to score a gold in the discus. "I hope this gives all the kids in high school and college the confidence that they can medal in the Olympics," Brown Trafton said.

•No Kenyan woman has ever won an Olympic gold medal but last night 18-year-old Pamela Jelimo scored victory in the 800 meters, finishing in under two minutes. "You can do it," Jelimo says her mother told her. "You can do the best."

•Emma Snowsill, a 27-year-old Australian and the smallest woman in the field at five feet, three inches, ran the final leg of the triathlon in 33 minutes and 17 seconds--a full minute faster than anyone else, earning Australia its first-ever gold medal.

•Despite two previously cracked shins, a four-month stint as an electrician and being dumped by his shoe sponsor, Angelo Taylor won a gold medal for his 400-meter hurdle sweep for the U.S. track team. "This is the best thing that has ever happened to me," Taylor said. "To go through what I went through and be back on top means the world to me."

What's on tonight:

8 p.m. to midnight: Men's baseball
8 p.m. : Men's beach volleyball semi-finals
8 p.m. : Men's and women's cycling
8 p.m. : Women's hockey final

Beijing Gossip:

•When China's star hurdler, Liu Xiang, 25, limped off the field late Monday morning and pulled out of the Beijing Olympics, his foot injury not only disappointed his fans, it also put a damper on his global marketing campaigns with Nike, Visa, and Coca-Cola. "A lot of celebration ads will be dropped into the garbage can," says Terry Rhoads, director of a Beijing sports marketing consultancy. Experts say brands like Nike, Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Chinese tobacco spread themselves thin, knowing prized athletes can lose during the Games, and big marketers typically sign endorsement deals with dozens of world-class athletes, hoping that at least some of them will win gold.

•On Wednesday, Sports Illustrated will unveil an exclusive photo of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on newsstands across the country. On the cover, a grinning and bare-chested Phelps, 23, displays eight medals across his chest. Sports Illustrated group editor Terry McDonell said the cover was a way to visually and instantly portray the "dominant" story of the week.

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