Can you believe day 11 of the Olympics is already coming to a close? So who are the winners and record-breakers of today?
As usual, we shall start on the home turf. Derek Drouin has brought in Canada's 11th medal: a bronze in men's high jump. The gold went to Russia's Ukhov and the silver to Kynard of the U.S.A. Now the interesting part is the bronze spot was tied with three athletes: Drouin, Barshim (Qatar) and Grabarz (U.K.). So our bronze-medal winner will have to share the podium with two others, but who's complaining?
Sally Pearson earned a gold medal in women's 100-metre hurdles, bringing Australia's medal count to 25. Pearson also happened to clock a new Olympic record of 12.35. The silver and bronze medals were both picked up by American athletes Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells. Have you seen those women in action? Absolute power right there; they're very impressive.
Behdad Salimikordasiabi delivered another gold medal for Iran (its fourth!) today in men's +105 kilogram weightlifting. This 22-year-old Hercules won with a total of 455 kilograms. Although that total did not break the Olympic record of 472 kilograms (set by Iranian athlete Rezazadeh in 2000), it did bring a first gold weightlifting medal since 2004. The silver medal went to Iran's Hamlabad and the bronze to Russia's Albegov.
Today's big win went to Republic of Korea's Kim Hyeonwoo, who picked up the gold in men's Greco-Roman 66 kilogram finals and defeated Hungarian Tamas Lorincz. The incredible story here is that Kim began professional wrestling only two years ago, but he owned this fight today. The 21-year-old also performed with a black eye that he couldn't even open — now that's impressive. The silver, of course, went to Lorincz and the bronze to Georgia's Tskhadaia and France's Guenot.
This is your Olympic fill for the day. Thoughts? Opinions? Concerns, perhaps?
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