North Korean lifter sets Olympic record

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LONDON — North Korea’s Om Yun Chol said he wanted to lift a big weight and make the other athletes nervous.

North Korea's Om Yun Chol, who weighs 123 pounds, lifted an Olympic-record 370 pounds Sunday.   HASSAN AMMAR/ASSOCIATED PRESS
HASSAN AMMAR/ASSOCIATED PRESS
North Korea's Om Yun Chol, who weighs 123 pounds, lifted an Olympic-record 370 pounds Sunday.

He definitely nailed that strategy.

Om, standing all of 5 feet and 123 pounds, won a gold medal by confidently lifting an Olympic-record 370 pounds in the clean and jerk at the London Games.

Only a handful of people have lifted more than three times their body weight, and this one came out of nowhere.

BASKETBALL: First lady Michelle Obama was part of a big crowd that watched the U.S. men’s team open tournament play with a 98-71 win over France. Kevin Durant scored 22 points and LeBron James finished with nine points, eight assists and five rebounds.

“It wasn’t perfect,” said James, who had nine points, eight assists and five rebounds. “We’ve still got room for improvement.”

SKEET SHOOTING: Kimberly Rhode also put on a show at the Royal Artillery Barracks, winning the gold to become
the first American to take an individual medal in five consecutive Olympics.

Rhode tied the world record and set an Olympic mark with 99 points. She also set an Olympic record in qualifying, missing only one of her 75 shots.

SWIMMING: Dana Vollmer had a triumphant return to the Olympics, setting a world record while winning gold in the 100 butterfly. The American was third at the turn but powered to the wall for a time of 55.98 seconds.

Camille Muffat, of France, edged American Allison Schmitt by less than half a stroke to win the 400 freestyle, and South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh set a world record to win the 100 breaststroke.

ROWING: A rower from Niger also captivated an Olympic crowd on Sunday when he trudged to the finish in last place in a single sculls repechage.

With the packed grandstand cheering him on at Dorney Lake, 35-year-old Hamadou Djibo Issaka pushed though the pain and found enough energy to finish nearly 1 minute, 40 seconds behind the winner.

Djibo Issaka learned how to row only three months ago and has a technique that can generously be described as crude. He received a wild card from the IOC Tripartite Commission, which allows each National Olympic Committee to enter up to five athletes for the Summer Games.

EQUESTRIAN: Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, wowed the home crowd and a few relatives in her Olympic equestrian debut.

Phillips, 31, registered a slight mistake on her appropriately named horse, High Kingdom, and earned 46.1 penalty points at Greenwich Park, placing her 24th out of 74 riders with two disciplines to go in the eventing dressage competition.

Her grandfather, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and her mother, Princess Anne, were in the VIP seats.

DIVING: Wu Minxia and partner He Zi won the first diving gold medal of the Olympics, moving China one step closer to a sweep of the eight events in London.

They led throughout the five-dive round and totaled 346.20 points in the 3-meter synchronized event.

Abby Johnston and Kelci Bryant finished second with 321.90 points, ending America’s diving medal drought that extended to the 2000 Sydney Games.

“Abby and I just kicked it off with this event and I think the rest of the team is going to come through,” Bryant said.

China won seven of eight golds as the host country four years ago in Beijing and swept the golds at last year’s world championships in Shanghai.

Emilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel earned the bronze with 316.80 for Canada’s first medal of the games.

ARCHERY: South Korea won the Olympic gold medal in women’s team archery for the seventh consecutive time.

Ki Bo-bae, Lee Sung-jin and Choi Hyeon-ju hugged and pumped their arms after their 210-209 victory over China. Japan took bronze for its first medal in archery.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Scattered showers sent fans at the picturesque Horse Guards Parade scurrying for shelter during the second day of the beach volleyball tournament, dampening what had been a festive mood but not deterring the second half of the field from making its 2012 Games debut.

Emanuel, a five-time Olympian and defending world champion from Brazil, teamed with Alison to beat Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst 19-21, 21-17, 16-14.

Elsa Baquerizo McMillan and Liliana Fernandez Steiner also rallied, edging Marleen van Iersel and Sanne Keizer of the Netherlands 14-21, 21-16, 15-11.

Also scheduled for their first matches Sunday were defending gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser of the United States, who were to play Japan’s Kentaro Asahi and Katsuhiro Shiratori in the night session. The No. 2 American women’s team, April Ross and Jennifer Kessy, who came in second at the Horse Guards Parade test event last summer, was also scheduled to play at night, against Ana Gallay and Virginia Zonta of Argentina.

BOXING

Freddie Evans maintained Britain’s perfect start to its home Olympic boxing tournament with an 18-10 victory over Algerian welterweight Ilyas Abbadi.

Evans earned a solid victory in the final bout of the afternoon session, delighting the sold-out crowd waving dozens of Union Jacks and giving repeated standing ovations.

Custio Clayton earned Canada’s first Olympic boxing victory in eight years with a 12-8 decision over Mexico’s Oscar Molina. France’s Alexis Vastine beat German welterweight Patrick Wojcicki 16-12, and Thailand’s Saylom Ardee lost an agonizing decision to Kazakhstan’s Gain Zhailauov in the most entertaining early fights at ExCel.

Dominican lightweight Wellington Arias was impressive in a 17-8 victory over Colombia’s Eduar Marriaga, but earned the dubious honor of facing Ukraine’s top-seeded Vasyl Lomachenko in the second round Thursday.

CYCLING

Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won the gold medal in the women’s road race in a rain-drenched sprint, leaving Britain’s Elizabeth Armitstead with silver and the home country’s first medal of the London Olympics.

Vos, the former world champion, made a daring move past Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya to emerge from the three-rider breakaway. Zabelinskaya won bronze after a frantic finish through a driving rain that was reminiscent of four years ago in Beijing.

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