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Phelps becomes the first male swimmer to win the same event at three successive Olympic games. This is his 20th Olympic medal. Full coverage here
Here’s a look at the Olympic medal table as it stands now, with China in the lead with both gold (18) and overall (33) medals, followed by the United States with 15 gold and 32 overall medals, then South Korea with 7 gold medals and 13 overall.
Maybe it’s because they’ve learned to live life that bit faster, maybe it’s because they’re doing it for someone they love; in the Olympic cycling time trial, being a mother is no obstacle to getting on the podium.
The American winner, Kristin Armstrong, retired from competitive cycling in 2009 to have a baby.
Few people doubted that she would get back on her bike, though some might have doubted she would get back to exactly where she left off, winning her second straight Olympic time trial gold on Wednesday at age 38.
And Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya, whose bronze was her second after Sunday’s road race, has two small boys at home of barely school age.
How do they manage it?
“My son has given me balance,” Armstrong said. “I can stop thinking about cycling.”
Germany’s Kerstin Thiele reacts after defeating China’s Chen Fei in their women’s -70kg semi-final B judo match at the London 2012 Olympic Games August 1, 2012. [REUTERS/Darren Staples & Kim Kyung Hoon]
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Some might say Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara Phillips was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Now she can also boast a silver medal.
Phillips, daughter of two Olympians, has spent three days on what she called “an emotional rollercoaster” at the Games.
She has not had a moment spare, even to celebrate her first wedding anniversary on Monday with husband and former England rugby captain Mike Tindall.
The hopes of a nation were on her shoulders in this - her first - Olympics.
No pressure then.
NBC on Sunday announced more record audiences for its prime-time TV coverage of the London Olympics, even as the Twitterverse erupted in complaints about the U.S. network’s online streaming efforts and delays in broadcasting key competitions.
Contributions to the Twitter hashtags #NBCfail and #NBCsucks surged on Sunday, with many posters complaining about the quality of NBCUniversal’s online platform, which promised to show every sporting contest live for those unwilling to wait hours for the network’s main primetime coverage of the day’s events.
“you suck! I can’t stream anything because your website is broken. It even verified directtv account, just to tease me. #NBCFail” read a posting to #NBCfail on Sunday by Twitter user Beth Hodgson.
Others complained about the plethora of ads interrupting NBC’s coverage across multiple broadcast and cable outlets, and commentary by some of the NBC anchors.
“Finally got @nbcolympics live stream working online only to find it full of ads & streaming issues,” Cindy Gallop said on Twitter.