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Olympics: Weekend Wrap-up

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Michael Phelps lands eighth medal, Serena and Venus Williams are victorious, Jamaican women set world record, and what to watch today.

What you missed:


Shawn Johnson lost the gold medal to Romania's Sandra Izbasathe, who grabbed the floor exercise gold while impressing the judges with her soaring somersaults and solid landings. North Korea's Hong Un Jong showed two solid vaults and clean landings to win the title--the first gymnastics medal for her nation. Johnson graciously hugged Izbasathe afterwards. Johnson said, "I had a little bit of hope inside of me, but seeing how beautifully she executed her routine, I knew."

• After Michael Phelps and his U.S. teammates won the gold in the 400-meter medley relay, Phelps scored his eighth gold medal, cementing his status as the greatest Olympian ever. "Everything was accomplished," Phelps said, "What else can I do?" On his historic record, Phelps said, "I think the biggest thing is that nothing is impossible. So many people said it couldn't be done. All it takes is an imagination." Phelps says his goal is to elevate swimming's popularity in America.


• In one hour, American sisters Serena and Venus Williams beat Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual to win the Olympic gold medal in tennis women's doubles yesterday.

• The U.S. men's gymnastics team finished sixth place in the team finals in the qualifying round, despite losing two of its performers, twin brothers Paul and Morgan Hamm. China came first, followed by Japan, Russia, Germany, and South Korea.

• A trio of Jamaicans became the first in Olympic history to win all three medals in the women's 100 final in track and field. Shelly-Ann Fraser won the race in 10.78 seconds, the fastest time this year. Her teammates, Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson, finished for the silver.

What's on tonight:

8 p.m. to midnight: Men's and women's gymnastics
8 p.m. Track and field
8 p.m. Beach volleyball
8 p.m. Women's trampoline gold medal final

Beijing Gossip:

• Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian, 35, who threw his bronze medal on the ground in a rage during the presentation ceremony and said "blatant errors in judging" caused him to lose the match, has been stripped of his award and disqualified from the tournament in Beijing as well as his event, Greco-Roman wrestling. The IOC said Abrahamian violated two rules of the Olympic charter: One that bans demonstrations and another that demands respect for all Olympic athletes.

• In the highest-profile doping case of the Games, Greece's women's 400 meters hurdles champion Fani Halkia failed a drug test hours before she was to compete.

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