Olympics: A ‘Breakthrough’ Win and a Badminton Scandal


bjbj”9″9 JEFFREY BROWN: We head back to London
tonight for an Olympics update on what turned out to
be a significant day for the American team.
As always, a spoiler alert: Here come some of the day’s results. Day six of the Olympics
brought new triumph for a diminutive American gymnast. Sixteen-year-old Gabby Douglas won
the women’s individual all-around, the first woman of color ever to claim that title. It
was her second gold medal of the Games. U.S. swimmers had another big day. Rebecca Soni
won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke with a world record time. Tyler Clary took the
men’s 200-meter backstroke, with fellow American Ryan Lochte winning bronze. And Michael Phelps
increased his all-time record haul of Olympic medals to 20, taking gold in the men’s 200-meter
individual medley. Lochte took the silver medal. Also making history was Kayla Harrison,
who won the United States’ first gold in Olympic judo. Britain, too, had more cause to enjoy
these Games. MATTHEW BATTLE, United Kingdom: I think G.B. will get a gold in the rowing.
And, hopefully, we will get some other golds in, I don’t know — where else? I don’t where
else we’re up for golds. MAN: There are just golds everywhere, surely. MATTHEW BATTLE:
So I think it will get better and better. JEFFREY BROWN: And it did. British athletes
won events in sharpshooting and men’s cycling today. The host country claimed its first
gold of the games yesterday, in women’s pair rowing. And Tour de France hero Bradley Wiggins
followed with gold in the men’s individual time trials. Wiggins tweeted later that he
was getting drunk to celebrate and was defended by the head of the British Olympic Association.
COLIN MOYNIHAN, British Olympic Association: You know, a number of people have commented,
I think wrongly, this morning that he wasn’t entitled to go out and really enjoy himself
yesterday evening. I am of the group who says he’s absolutely, thoroughly entitled to have
a fantastic party and celebrate. And nobody deserves it more. JEFFREY BROWN: Not celebrating
is Chinese badminton star Yu Yang. She and seven other players were disqualified yesterday
for trying to lose to gain weaker opponents in future rounds. Today, Yu posted an online
message that read: “This is my last game. Farewell, Badminton World Federation. Farewell,
my dear badminton.” The Chinese team’s coach had already apologized on state television.
LI YONGBO, Chinese badminton Olympic coach: (through translator): Most importantly, I
think, is we didn’t take each competition seriously and
follow the Olympic spirit of higher, faster
and stronger as professional athletes. We didn’t fully demonstrate the fighting spirit
of the Chinese badminton team. JEFFREY BROWN: Also gaining some unusual attention today,
a horse named Rafalca, taking part in the first day of team dressage. Owner Ann Romney,
the presidential hopeful’s wife, said she was thrilled, as mare and rider turned in
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