Beijing Olympic medal coverage: Chen and Pang give China near perfect start in medal race
In day one of competition in Beijing, China's weightlifter Chen Xiexia winning the first gold, and then sharpshooter Pang Wei, adding a second gold to China's total.
The USA however is winning with three medals total - one gold, one silver, and one bronze.
There is however, so much pressure for the host country to also win the most medals.
But the immense pressure to claim the opening medal of the Games proved too much for Du Li, who failed to defend her women’s 10m Air Rifle title and finished fifth. Tan Xue, meanwhile, crashed out of the women’s sabre fencing competition in the quarter-finals, depriving China of a podium finish that many expected. Chen and Pang though didn’t disappoint the country’s 1.3 billion people, still puffed with pride after a dazzling opening ceremony showcasing the nation’s ancient civilization and an offer of friendship to the world. Chen, the world champion, set two Olympic records for the women’s 48kg class by lifting 117kg in the clean and jerk on the way to a total lift of 212kg. Turkey’s Sibel Ozkan took silver and Taiwan’s Chen Wei-Ling the bronze.
The USA medals came from fencing.
Mariel Zagunis won gold. Sada Jacobson took silver. Becca Ward earned the bronze. They are the first three medals for Team USA in these Games, and they come in an unlikely sport.
Swimmer Michael Phelps won his opening race tonight, and set a new record in the 400-meter individual medley heat. Phelps is trying to win eight gold medals in Beijing, and he has 16 to go.
Here are the current medal standings so far.