Egyptian claims historic medal

Cotswold Journal: Richard Kruse, left, lost his first contest in a day of shocks Richard Kruse, left, lost his first contest in a day of shocks

History was made at a packed ExCeL with Africa's first-ever Olympic fencing medal.

But 21-year-old Egyptian Alaaeldin Abouelkassem had to settle for silver and not the gold he was really looking for - and looked like he might grab. That went to China's world number nine Lei Sheng, who came from 13-12 down to win 15-13 after a day of shock results which included Britain's medal hope Richard Kruse heavily losing his first contest.

Bronze went to South Korean Choi Byungchul with a nail-biting 15-14 victory over Andrea Baldini, the 26-year-old dropped by Italy from the last Olympics after failing a drug test, but then completely cleared of all accusations a year later.

The United States women's gymnastics team won the gold medal. The silver medallists four years ago, won gold ahead of Russia with Romania claiming the bronze medal. Defending champions China were left distraught as they finished fourth by some margin.

Germany's Michael Jung added Olympic equestrian eventing gold to the world and European titles he also holds following Tuesday's action at Greenwich Park. Second for the silver medal was Sweden's Sara Algotsson Ostholt and another German - Sandra Auffarth - took bronze. Algotsson Ostholt would have taken the gold but she had the last fence down and that enabled Jung to triumph.

US Army sergeant Vincent Hancock retained his Olympic title in the men's skeet. The 23-year-old added the shooting gold medal at London 2012 to the one he won four years ago at Beijing, becoming the first skeet shooter to win back-to-back titles.

Hancock also broke his own Olympic record, missing just two shots and firing a perfect 25 in the final, to register 148 points in the discipline which sees competitors fire at clay targets from seven different positions on the range. Hancock finished two points ahead of Denmark's Anders Golding, who took silver.

Nasser Al-Attiya of Qatar won the bronze after a shoot-off with Russia's Valeriy Shomin, who had to be content with fourth on his 41st birthday.

France's Tony Estanguet claimed the gold medal in the canoe slalom, while China's Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao have won gold in the women's synchronised 10 metre platform.

Urska Zolnir of Slovenia won gold in the women's under-63kg category in the judo with South Korea's Kim Jae-bum taking gold for the men at under-81kgs. Kazakhstan's Maiya Maneza won gold in the women's 63kg category in the weightlifting while China's Lin Qingfeng also won gold in the men's 69kg competition.

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