BEIJING (AP) -- The U.S. medal count grew during today's Olympic
action at Beijing, thanks in part to some terrific performances in
gymnastics and track. The U.S. women's gymnastics team will leave Beijing with eight Olympic medals after Shawn Johnson struck gold on the balance beam. Johnson won despite competing with a headache, posting a score of 16.225 to edge teammate and Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin for the gold. Johnson had won silver in the all-around, the floor and the team competition before claiming her fourth medal of the Beijing Games. Liukin will come home with a gold medal, three silvers and a bronze following her second-place showing in the final women's gymnastic event of the games.
Dawn Harper has added another gold medal to the U.S. track and
field coffers, posting a personal-best 12.54 seconds in the
100-meter hurdles. Teammate Lolo Jones was leading the race until
she was knocked off balance when she hit the next-to-last hurdle,
causing her to finish seventh.
Also in track, American Sanya Richards earned a bronze medal in
the women's 400 meters. Richards was the early pacesetter before
U.S. wrestler Henry Cejudo claimed a gold medal count by winning
the 55-kilogram men's freestyle. The son of undocumented Mexican
aliens, Cejudo wrapped himself in an American flag after defeating
a Japanese competitor 2-2 on a tiebreaker and 3-0 in the
Cejudo was 31st in last year's world championships, his only
previous tournament experience at this level.
American Anna Tunnicliffe came from behind to win women's Laser
Radial class sailing.
Tunnicliffe was ahead on overall points going into the final
medal race, but her medal hopes were fading after she was down as
far as ninth out of 10 boats that qualified for the final. She took
advantage of a wind shift and fought her way up to third, good
enough to claim a gold medal.