China tops Olympic medal count

We know, it’s still early, but China is once again defeating the United States–this time on the Olympic podium.

The Bangkok Post reports that China is on top of the medals table at the London 2012 Olympic games, with nine in total:

“After dominating day one of competition with four gold medals, Chinese athletes hit paydirt once again with wins in shooting for Guo Wenjun before synchronised divers Wu Minxia and He Zi triumphed at the Aquatics Centre.

Guo successfully defended her 10m air pistol title with a thrilling last-shot finish at the Royal Artillery Barracks to overhaul France’s Celine Goberville, who had led going into the last round.

‘I just focused on doing my best on the final shot,’ Guo said, adding: ‘I think everyone is good, I just never give up.’

Legendary diver Wu meanwhile clinched her third consecutive gold medal in the 3m springboard synchronised after wins in 2004 and 2008.

But while China celebrated their burgeoning gold haul, hosts Great Britain were still waiting for their first win with cyclist Lizzie Armitstead having to settle for silver in a thrilling road race won in driving rain by Marianne Vos of the Netherlands.”

The BBC had more details on Guo’s amazing pistol victory:

“Guo, who did not reach the final of the Olympic test event in April, began with a modest eight, the lowest score in the first of the 10 rounds in the final.

It meant she was third overall, taking into account the one-point lead she carried forward from the qualifying round.

But a 10.8 with her second shot put her back in a share of the lead with Kostevych, the gold medallist at Athens but only 31st in Beijing four years ago, and Goberville, competing in her 11th final in 14 events.

Having led after the fourth round, Guo dropped back to third in round six following a second successive 10.1 as Goberville moved ahead.

Goberville’s 10.6 extended her advantage to 0.8 over Kostevych and Guo with two rounds remaining.

However the Chinese shooter, whose total was 4.2 down on Beijing four years ago, showed great composure at the finish with her second 10.8 – only one mark below the best possible score for a single shot – to secure the gold.”

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