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Olympic Wins and Losses

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Brits are victorious, Shawn Johnson nabs gold, and an Olympic "hottie" loses.

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• It was a good day for the Brits! British cyclist Chris Hoy won his third gold medal by beating teammate Jason Kenny in the men's track cycling sprint, pushing his country to their best Olympic in one century. Britain's Victoria Pendleton, a three-time world champion, defeated Australia's Anna Meares for the gold medal in the women's track cycling sprint.

Zakia Nassar, a 21 year-old Palestinian swimmer who couldn't use the Olympic size pool near her home, was thrilled to be in Beijing even after posting a 50-meter time nearly eight seconds off pac. Nassar is one of the few women from her region to ever swim in the Olympics. She did most of her training--seldom and without a coach--in a 12-meter pool because she lacked a permit to reach the nearest Olympic-size pool in Israel. "It has been my dream," she said, despite her loss. "It's fine to be here."


• Despite having a headache and stomachache, Shawn Johnson, 16, nailed her routine at the National Indoor Stadium winning the final women's gymnastics gold medal awarded at the Beijing Games. Her teammate Nastia Liukin won silver and Cheng Fei of China won bronze. "I never felt so proud and so relieved," Johnson said. "To finish off this whole Olympics by finally getting the gold medal, it's the best feeling in the world."

• Track star Lolo Jones was leading the 100-meter hurdles with two more to go when her foot hit the ninth hurdle and threw her off stride, letting her teammate Dawn Harper grab the gold. Jones dropped to her knees when she crossed the finish line and pounded her fist on the ground. "It's the hurdles," Jones said, still crying 30 minutes later. "You have to get over all 10 and if you can't, you're not meant to be the champion. Today I was not meant to be the champion."

What's on tonight:
8 p.m. to midnight: Men's hockey final
8 p.m.: Women's beach volleyball final
8 p.m.: Men's swimming
8 p.m.: Track and field gold medal finals

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