Phelps the greatest ever


LONDON – Michael Phelps won a record 19th Olympic medal as he helped the US team to gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay today.

It means Phelps also picked up his 15th gold medal as he swam the anchor leg to complete a winning time of six minutes 59.70 seconds ahead of France in second and China in third.

Ryan Lochte put the US team in total control with a blistering first leg and they barely lost their advantage.

Phelps overtakes Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina who won 18 medals.

The American team had a lead of four seconds going into the last leg which Phelps revealed he had asked his team to get him.

Earlier South Africa’s Chad le Clos had ended Phelps two-time Olympic reign with a dramatic victory in the 200m butterfly.

Phelps had been trying to become the first man to win an Olympic swimming event three times in a row, but was edged out in the final stroke.

Le Clos won in one minute 52.96 seconds, 0.05secs ahead of Phelps with Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda third.


Tsonga wins ‘marathon’

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Milos Raonic in the longest tennis match in Olympic history to reach the third round today.

The Frenchman won 6-3 3-6 25-23 after three hours and 56 minutes, following a third and final set lasting 48 games – itself an Olympic record.

Tsonga wasted three match points before winning the epic deciding set.

The 66-game contest also beat the previous record of 48 games, set in 2004 when Fernando Gonzalez beat Taylor Dent to win bronze in Athens.


Ye swims to more glory

Chinese teenager Ye Shiwen won her second gold medal of London 2012 with victory in the 200m individual medley today.

The 16-year-old, who claimed gold and a world record in the 400m medley, clocked two minutes 7.57 seconds for a new Olympic best.

Australia’s Alicia Coutts won the silver medal in a time of 2:08.15, while Caitlin Leverenz, of the United States, got bronze in 2:08.95.

Great Britain’s Hannah Miley finished seventh in the final, clocking 2:11.29.

Shiwen produced a stunning freestyle leg to shave 0.18 seconds off the Olympic record she set in yesterday’s semi-final.


Kim lands judo gold

South Korea’s Kim Jae-Bum avenged his 2008 Olympic final defeat to German judoka Ole Bischof with a comprehensive victory in the men’s -81kg division today.

Four years after that rare defeat, Kim can now add Olympic gold to his Beijing silver and two world titles.

The two bronze medals on offer were claimed by Russian Ivan Nifontov and Canada’s Antoine Valois-Fortier.

Valois-Fortier had earlier beaten Great Britain’s Euan Burton, 33, by ippon in the second round.

Kim, 27, was in charge of the final from the outset, pinning Bischof’s ankle twice to score easy yukos.

He then controlled the bout from the middle of the mat, repeatedly forcing his 32-year-old opponent on to the defensive.

This was Canada’s first Olympic judo medal since 2000, whereas the Russian team has already secured two golds on the London 2012 mat.


Victory for Schmitt

Allison Schmitt of the United States won the women’s 200 metres freestyle final at the London Olympics today.

The American stormed to the front on the second of four laps and was unchallenged as she won the gold in a time of one minute 53.61 seconds.

Frenchwoman Camille Muffat, who just held off Schmitt to win the 400 final on Sunday, took silver in a time of 1:55.58.

Australia’s Bronte Barratt, a relay gold medallist in Beijing four years ago and the fastest qualifier for the final, finished third in 1:55.81, just edging out Missy Franklin for the bronze.

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