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U.K. Athletes Win More Gold; Caribbean Nations Dominate the Track

August 7, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST
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JUDY WOODRUFF: Now to the London Olympics, where the British are finding plenty to celebrate in the second week of competition.

Margaret Warner has the story, including some of today’s results.

A spoiler alert: If you don’t want to hear what happened today, you might want to tune out just for the next few minutes.

MARGARET WARNER: After a week-and-a-half of competition, British fans at Olympic Park were showing the flag today. And they weren’t disappointed.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

MARGARET WARNER: British athletes won gold again, four of them, to be precise, including in cycling and in the men’s triathlon, where brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee finished first and third for gold and bronze.

That left Britain already with its best showing since London first hosted the Olympic Games in 1908. And the home fans were overjoyed.

ROBIN MILTON, London: We will have to wait and see, but, right now, it has certainly inspired a generation. Certainly, looking at the kids, they definitely sound like they are taking something from these Games. And, yes, there is a legacy I think that will hold and sustain.

MARGARET WARNER: As for the American team, the final day of gymnastics saw some final heroics. Aly Raisman won gold in the women’s floor exercise. Earlier, she took bronze in the balance beam competition, where China won gold.

The women’s all-around champion, Gabby Douglas, lost her footing and fell off the balance beam, failing to medal today. The U.S. women’s soccer team was still relishing its 3-4 win over Canada in the semifinals yesterday. But some of the Canadian players claimed the Norwegian referee had unfairly advantaged the Americans.

Meanwhile, in track and field, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt won a qualifying heat today in the 200-meter race. He is aiming to repeat his gold medal performance from the Beijing Olympics, just as he did Sunday in the 100-meter dash when he set an Olympic record. In fact, Bolt is one of several Caribbean athletes showing dominance in track and field at the London Games.

Thirty-four-year-old Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic won the 400-meter hurdles yesterday, recapturing the title he won in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. And Kirani James of Grenada won gold in yesterday’s 400-meter race. That victory gave the small Caribbean island its first-ever Olympic medal.