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May-Treanor, Walsh win another Olympic gold

May-Treanor, Walsh win another Olympic gold

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh played through the rain Thursday at the Olympics, winning their second straight gold medal in beach volleyball.
The American duo extended their winning streak to 108 matches in a 21-18, 21-18 win over Wang Jie and Tian Jia of China.
"The rain makes it better," Walsh said. "We felt like warriors out there."
Dutch swimmer Maarten van der Weijden, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2001, and Russian walker Olga Kaniskina also won gold at the Beijing Games.
The schedule called for 23 gold medals to be awarded Thursday, but two BMX cycling events were pushed back to Friday because of the rain.
Walsh and May-Treanor did not lose a set in seven Olympic matches, and they had a tough test against the Chinese pair in the final.
"The pressure of this situation is real, and it was heavy, and it was loud. And we beat China at home, under crazy conditions," Walsh said.
In the match for bronze, Xue Chen and Zhang Xi won China's first beach volleyball medal, beating Talita and Renata of Brazil 21-19, 21-17.
Van der Weijden won the men's 10-kilometer open water race in a three-way sprint. Despite leukemia, the Dutchman came back in 2003 and began swimming faster than before.
He won in 1 hour, 51 minutes, 51.6 seconds.
"I think the leukemia taught me to think step by step," Van der Weijden said. "When you're laying in the hospital bed and feeling so much pain and feeling so tired, you don't want to think about next week or next month, you're only thinking about the next hour."
Kaniskina won the women's 20-kilometer walk in an Olympic record of 1:26:31.
Kjersti Tysse Platzer of Norway, who was second at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, finished 36 seconds behind to claim another silver medal. Elisa Rigaudo of Italy got bronze in 1:27.12.
Bryan Clay of the United States got off to a strong start to take an early lead in the decathlon. The 2005 world champion leads with 2,862 points through three of 10 events in the two-day competition.
In table tennis, Wang Chen became the first American in Olympic history to advance to the quarterfinals. Wang beat Kim Kyung-ah of South Korea 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 10-12, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5.
"I thought it was possible to beat her as long as I was full of confidence, because she's a defensive player," the 23rd-ranked Wang said.
David Svoboda of the Czech Republic set an Olympic modern pentathlon record for shooting points.
Svoboda earned 191 of a possible 200 points, falling three short of the world record. He took the early lead in the modern pentathlon, which includes shooting, fencing, swimming, equestrian and running.
Later Thursday, there were to be five more golds on the track, as well as the women's football final between the defending champion United States and Brazil.


Updated : 2021-07-29 21:36 GMT+08:00