Third Day of Olympics Features Swimming Finals; China Wins Men’s Gymnastics Gold

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The third full day of competition is well under way at the London Olympics, featuring 12 medal finals.

China once again dominated the men's gymnastics event, winning the gold by a wide margin over second place Japan. The biggest cheers from the hometown crowd went to the British team and its bronze medal finish. The highly touted American team finished in fifth place.

Four swimming golds are up for grabs Monday — in the men's 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke, and the women's 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter breaststroke.

Earlier, China won its second straight gold medal in men's synchronized 10-meter diving, while U.S. swimming star Michael Phelps began a defense of his 200-meter butterfly title — an event he has won at the last two Olympic Games.

At Wimbledon, Switzerland's Roger Federer and America's Serena Williams beat their respective opponents, extending their medal races to the next round.

The women's basketball qualifying games include the United States against Angola.

A big question still hanging over the Olympics is – will fans be seen in the various venues to watch the athletes compete, as rows and rows of seats have so far been empty?

Olympic organizers blame sponsors for not using their seats. Organizers have promised to release tickets to local children and military personnel, and to sell more tickets.

The ticket situation has athletes and fans furious. Television shots at various events have revealed blocks of unused seats.

British newspaper “The Telegraph” said Monday it discovered at least 12,000 seats were empty on Sunday.