LONDON — Host Britain picked up its first two gold medals of the games on Wednesday when Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the final of the women’s pair at the rowing regatta and cyclist Bradley Wiggins took the time trial.
Glover and Stanning crossed the line in 7 minutes, 27.13 seconds. Australia took silver, a length back.
Germany lived up to its billing as the favorite for the men’s eight, producing a late burst to get the win.
CYCLING: Wiggins, the Tour de France champion, powered his way to victory on the 44-kilometer course south of London to win his seventh Olympic medal, taking over the British record he shared with rowing great Steve Redgrave.
Wiggins covered the course in 50 minutes, 39.54 seconds, beating silver medalist Tony Martin, of Germany, by 42 seconds.
American Kristin Armstrong defended her title in the women’s time trial.
The defending champion, who competed in the USA Cycling National Championships in Augusta last year, blistered an 18-mile course south of London to win her second consecutive gold medal. Her time of 37 minutes, 34.82 seconds was more than 15 seconds better than world champion Judith Arndt, of Germany, who took silver.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: One streak is over. The winning streak continues for two-time defending Olympic beach volleyball gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor.
The Americans lost the first set of their preliminary round match against Austria 21-17, the first lost set in three Olympics. But they came back to win the second set 21-8 and took the third 15-10 to remain unbeaten in this – and every other – trip to the Olympics.
TENNIS: Venus Williams, squandered a lead in each set and lost her third-round match to No. 7-seeded Angelique Kerber, of Germany, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).
Serena Williams hit 12 aces and repeatedly rocketed her groundstrokes past No. 13-seeded Vera Zvonareva to win 6-1, 6-0.
No. 2 Novak Djokovic hit 16 aces and came from behind to beat Lleyton Hewitt, of Australia, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
No. 3 Andy Murray, of Britain, rallied past Marcos Baghdatis, of Cyprus, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Angel McCoughtry scored 18 points and Tina Charles added 16 to lead the U.S to an 89-58 victory over Turkey.
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Destinee Hooker scored 22 points and the U.S. improved to 3-0 with a 26-24, 25-16, 31-29 preliminary round victory over China.
DIVING: China completed a sweep of the synchronized events, winning the men’s 3-meter springboard to move halfway toward taking each of the diving gold medals.
Qin Kai and partner Luo Yutong led all six rounds of the final, totaling 477.00 points. Kristian Ipsen and Troy Dumais, of the U.S., earned the bronze at 446.70.
FENCING: Two-time Olympic sabre champion Mariel Zagunis, who carried the American flag at the opening ceremony, lost her last two matches and failed to make the podium.
Kim Jiyeon, of South Korea, won the gold.
TABLE TENNIS: China’s first table tennis gold of the games went to Li Xiaoxia, who upset teammate Ding Ning.