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Day three at the Olympics

August 11, 2008

It’s a case of two down, six to go for Michael Phelps after the American swimmer got by with a little help from his friends in the 4x100m freestyle on Monday.

Watching Jason Lezak come from half a length behind on the final leg to seal victory for the U.S. was astonishing, as he kept Phelps in with a shout of his record-breaking haul of eight golds. That was a truly memorable Olympic moment.

There were a handful of other great stories today, the highlight of which was perhaps the first individual gold, ever in the history of India.

There were plenty of other great examples, though. We heard Tyson Gay saying he may have to run the 100m in 9.7 seconds to stand a chance of seeing off the Jamaican pair of Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt. We also had victories for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the tennis, and the tale of a 14-year-old diver, Tom Daley, who was blamed by his partner for their last-placed finish.

On a bleaker note, we discovered that the decision of Spanish cyclist Maribel Moreno to leave the Games before competing in the women’s roadrace was down to a positive doping case — the first one of this Olympics.

We’ll be back blogging again soon but in the mean time please check out our latest podcast. Also, go over to our main Website to read full coverage of the 2008 Games. 

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