A Cuban taekwondo athlete and his coach were banned from the sport for life after Angel Matos kicked the referee in the face immediately following his bronze-medal match disqualification.
His coach, Leudis Gonzalez didn’t even offer an apology for Matos’ face-kick after the men’s over-80 kg (176 pounds) match. Matos was winning 3-2, with 1:02 in the second round, when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov. He was sitting on the floor, waiting for medical attention, which led to his disqualification for taking too much injury time. Fighters get one minute, and Matos was disqualified when his time ran out.
Furious, Matos questioned the call, pushed a judge, then pushed and kicked referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden. Matos spat on the floor and was finally escorted out. That’s the Olympic spirit guys!
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Rafael Nadal will become No. 1 in the rankings Monday, and now he’s is numero uno at the Olympics.
Nadal won a gold medal Sunday, overcoming two set points in the second set and holding every service game to beat Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3. Nadal’s gold medal was the first ever for Spain in Olympic tennis. Nadal was already assured of taking over the No. 1 ranking Monday for the first time, ending Roger Federer’s reign after almost 5 years. Nadal has won 38 of his past 39 matches.
Elena Dementieva took the gold in women’s singles, taking advantage of 17 double-faults by another Russian, Dinara Safina to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
In women’s doubles, Venus and Serena Williams won the glory and the gold, taking down Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain 6-2, 6-0.
Tags: Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva, Fernando Gonzalez, rafael nadal
On Wednesday, Phelps swam into history as the winningest Olympic athlete ever with his 10th and 11th career gold medals and five world records in five events at the Beijing Games.
A day after joining fellow Olympians Mark Spitz and Carl Lewis with gold medal No. 9, Phelps set a standard all his own when he won the 200-meter butterfly. An hour later, he swam the lead off of a runaway victory by the U.S. 800 freestyle relay team, which destroyed the old world mark in becoming the first team to break the 7-minute barrier.
Seemingly immune to fatigue, he set a blistering pace of 1 minute, 43.31 seconds that got the Americans rolling toward a winning time of 6:58.56.
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Michael Phelps opened his epic quest for a record eight gold medals in dominating fashion by smashing his own world record in the 400-meter IM. With President Bush in the bleachers, Phelps dominated his first event of the Beijing Olympics on Sunday morning, beating his own world record and all chances for his challengers with a mark of 4 minutes, 3.84 seconds in the 400-meter individual medley. One down, seven to go in Phelps’ quest to break Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals.
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