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North Korea's Om sets record

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 1:34 a.m. HST, Jul 30, 2012

Jay Cohen / Associated Press

LONDON » North Korea's Om Yun Chol said he wanted to lift a big weight and make the other athletes nervous.

He definitely nailed that strategy.

Om, standing all of 5 feet and 123 pounds, won a gold medal by confidently lifting an Olympic-record 370 pounds in the clean and jerk at the London Games.

Only a handful of people have lifted more than three times their body weight, and this one came out of nowhere.

Om was in the "B" group with lower-ranked competitors and lifted weights of 160 and 165 kilograms on his first two attempts early in the day. He got the crowd roaring when it was announced he would go for 168 kilograms -- the Olympic record.

Among the few lifters who have cleared three times their body weight are Halil Mutlu and Naim Suleymanoglu, both of Turkey.


Kimberly Rhode put on a show at the Royal Artillery Barracks, winning the gold medal in women's skeet shooting to become the first American to take an individual-sport medal in five consecutive Olympics.

Rhode tied the world record and set an Olympic mark with 99 points. She also set an Olympic record in qualifying, missing only one of her 75 shots.


Maria Sharapova won her Olympic debut indoors, beating Shahar Peer of Israel 6-2, 6-0, and Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and David Ferrer were among the seeded winners on the men's side at Wimbledon.

Playing under Wimbledon's retractable roof on Centre Court because of rain, No. 3 Sharapova served well, returned aggressively and swept the final eight games.


Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, wowed the home crowd and a few relatives in her Olympic equestrian debut.

The 31-year-old Phillips registered a slight mistake on her appropriately named horse, High Kingdom, and earned 46.1 penalty points at Greenwich Park, placing her 24th out of 74 riders with two disciplines to go in the eventing dressage competition.


Britain, Ireland and the revitalized American team are perfect so far.

Jose Ramirez and Errol Spence won their opening bouts to move the U.S. to 4-0, while Freddie Evans and Josh Taylor rode the home crowd's raucous cheers to a 3-0 start for Britain. Welterweight Adam Nolan then added a win in the late session, pushing Ireland's record to 3-0.


Powerhouse Spain was eliminated in the men's tournament, falling 1-0 to Honduras.

Spain was hoping to add Olympic gold to the World Cup and European Championship titles held by the country's full national team. But it is without a goal in the tournament heading into its last game against Morocco on Wednesday.


China's Wu Minxia and partner He Zi won the first diving gold medal of the Olympics.

They led throughout the five-dive round and totaled 346.20 points in the 3-meter synchronized event.

Abby Johnston and Kelci Bryant finished second with 321.90 points, ending America's diving medal drought that extended to the 2000 Sydney Games.


Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia of China won their opening matches, beginning a road that is expected to bring one of them Olympic gold in women's singles.

Li, seeded No. 2 in the tournament, ended the dream of American 16-year-old Ariel Hsing, struggling to win in six games against the upstart Californian.


South Korea won the Olympic gold medal in women's team archery for the seventh straight time.

Ki Bo-bae, Lee Sung-jin and Choi Hyeon-ju hugged and pumped their arms after their 210-209 victory over China. Japan took bronze for its first medal ever in women's archery.


Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won the gold medal in the women's road race in a rain-drenched sprint, leaving Britain's Elizabeth Armitstead with silver and the host country's first medal of the London Olympics.

Vos, the former world champion, made a daring move past Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya to emerge from the three-rider breakaway.


Aron Szilagyi of Hungary won the Olympic gold medal in the men's individual saber by defeating Diego Occhiuzzi of Italy 15-8 after the top four seeds all stumbled out before the semifinals.

Nikolay Kovalev of Russia earned bronze with a 15-10 victory over Rares Dumitrescu of Romania.


An Kae Um won North Korea's first Olympic gold medal in London in the women's 52-kilogram category, and Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Georgia took the men's 66-kilogram category.

It's Shavdatuashvili's first Olympic medal. An won silver at Beijing.

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