Britain won its first gold medal of the London Olympics, while eight badminton players were expelled for deliberate poor play.
Kristin Armstrong of the U.S. won her second straight women’s cycling time-trial gold ahead of world champion Judith Arndt of Germany and Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya.
Helen Glover and Heather Stanning led from the start in winning today’s women’s pairs rowing event. The first British women to win a rowing gold traveled the 2,000-meter course in 7 minutes, 27.13 seconds, leading at each of the 500-meter marks. Australia finished 2.73 seconds back and New Zealand was third.
“I remember never ever ever thinking we’ve got this, until we got across the line, and then I thought we’ve got this,” Glover, 26, told the British Broadcasting Corp.
Four badminton doubles teams from China, South Korea and Indonesia were expelled by the Badminton World Federation after they appeared “not to exert themselves fully during their final group matches,” according to a statement on the Olympic News Service. The players repeatedly served into the net and put regulation shots wide.
The World champions and top seeds, Yu Yang, 26, and Wang Xiaoli, 23, from China, and South Korea’s Jung Kyung-Eun, 22, and Kim Ha-Na, 22, had already made the quarterfinals heading into their match. South Korea’s victory set up a meeting with China’s Tian Quing and Zhao Yunlei. By losing, the Chinese pair couldn’t meet their compatriots until the final.
A second South Korean pair, the third-seeded Ha Jung Eun, 25, and Kim Min Jung, 26, and Indonesia’s Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii, 24, are also banned after not trying in their match, the federation said. Both teams had also qualified for the quarterfinals.
Medals will be awarded in 20 events today, including the men’s individual all-around title in gymnastics. There also are four medal races in the pool, with 17-year-old Missy Franklin of the U.S. seeking her second gold of the games in the women’s 800-meter freestyle relay.
Armstrong, 38, retired at the end of the 2009 season to start a family, and after the birth of her son decided to return to cycling competition last year to defend her Olympic title. She finished in 37 minutes, 34.82 seconds, beating Arndt by about 15 seconds.
In rowing, Ukraine won the women’s quadruple sculls, beating Germany and the U.S. at Dorney Lake at Eton, outside London. Germany won the men’s eight event, with Canada second and Britain third.
China leads the standings with 13 golds among its 23 medals. The U.S. has 25 medals, 10 of them gold. The Olympics opened July 27 and run through Aug. 12.
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