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Zhou blows China history bid but paddlers come good

Image   China's Zhou Luxin went from hero to zero Saturday when he fluffed his last dive to prevent China becoming the first nation since 1952 to win every Olympic diving gold medal.
The world number two had a healthy lead over Australia's Matthew Mitcham going into the final dive in the men's 10m platform but scored just 74.80 points.
Mitcham provided the perfect reply, scoring 112.10 to pip Zhou at the post and claim gold by just just four points on a total of 537.95.
The home nation had already won seven out of seven gold off the boards and Zhou shouldered the responsibility of making it eight.
Russia's Gleb Galperin took bronze.
But it wasn't all doom and gloom with the country's table tennis stars completing a clean sweep of all gold in their sport.
On the penultimate day of the Games, Ma Lin beat teammate Wang Hao in the men's singles final 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9.
It ensured China won every medal at stake for the first time since table tennis was introduced at the 1988 Olympics.
China's Wang Liqin took bronze, defeating Swedish veteran Jorgen Persson 13-11, 11-2, 11-5, 11-9.
International Table Tennis Federation chief Adnam Sharara said China's total domination was a worry.
"In general, it is a very big concern," he said.
"We do not want to limit Chinese participation, but we need other nations to grow to challenge them."
Earlier, Meng Guanliang and Yang Wenjun successfully defended their men's flatwater double canoe 500m crown in a sprint finish over Russia and Germany.
The Chinese pair lunged so hard across the finish line that their boat capsized.
"I almost felt out of oxygen during the last 100m but what was on my mind was the gold medal," said Yang, who paid tribute to Meng. "My motivation is you."
China's women's volleyballers, meanwhile, added a bronze by beating Cuba three sets to one (25-16, 21-25, 25-13, 25-20) in the play-off match.
China's gold medal tally has been snowballing since the start of the Games and by Day 16 on Saturday they had 49 to be 16 clear of the United States and 28 ahead of third placed Russia.
Chinese boxing has broken new ground with three fighters reaching Olympic finals in the country's best ever performance, but the tournament was yesterday overshadowed by claims of biased judging.
"The only way I could win here is if the judges got knocked out," complained Ireland's Paddy Barnes after losing to China's world light flyweight champion Zou Shiming on Friday evening.
"It's just a disgrace. I felt the punches knocking him but nothing came. I landed a punch in the first round but it went to Zou."
Barnes wasn't a awarded a single point in his 15-0 mauling.
The Algerian camp had previously claimed Ouatah Newfel was unfairly eliminated from the super heavyweight quarter-finals to smooth the path of China's Zhang Zhilei.
Despite criticisms on air quality, media freedoms and its defiant refusal to tolerate any protests, China started to revel in its hosting of the biggest sporting event on earth.
The official state-run Xinhua news agency ran a commentary calling it "a milestone in the course of the great reinvigoration of the Chinese nation".
"And this generation of the Chinese people are lucky to witness a century-old dream of the nation finally come true," it said.
"The Chinese people now can proudly announce to the world: we have lived up to the trust of the international community and the International Olympic Committee."

Zhou blows China history bid but paddlers come good

China's Zhou Luxin went from hero to zero Saturday when he fluffed his last dive to prevent China becoming the first nation since 1952 to win every Olympic diving gold medal.
The world number two had a healthy lead over Australia's Matthew Mitcham going into the final dive in the men's 10m platform but scored just 74.80 points.
Mitcham provided the perfect reply, scoring 112.10 to pip Zhou at the post and claim gold by just just four points on a total of 537.95.
The home nation had already won seven out of seven gold off the boards and Zhou shouldered the responsibility of making it eight.
Russia's Gleb Galperin took bronze.
But it wasn't all doom and gloom with the country's table tennis stars completing a clean sweep of all gold in their sport.
On the penultimate day of the Games, Ma Lin beat teammate Wang Hao in the men's singles final 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9.
It ensured China won every medal at stake for the first time since table tennis was introduced at the 1988 Olympics.
China's Wang Liqin took bronze, defeating Swedish veteran Jorgen Persson 13-11, 11-2, 11-5, 11-9.
International Table Tennis Federation chief Adnam Sharara said China's total domination was a worry.
"In general, it is a very big concern," he said.
"We do not want to limit Chinese participation, but we need other nations to grow to challenge them."
Earlier, Meng Guanliang and Yang Wenjun successfully defended their men's flatwater double canoe 500m crown in a sprint finish over Russia and Germany.
The Chinese pair lunged so hard across the finish line that their boat capsized.
"I almost felt out of oxygen during the last 100m but what was on my mind was the gold medal," said Yang, who paid tribute to Meng. "My motivation is you."
China's women's volleyballers, meanwhile, added a bronze by beating Cuba three sets to one (25-16, 21-25, 25-13, 25-20) in the play-off match.
China's gold medal tally has been snowballing since the start of the Games and by Day 16 on Saturday they had 49 to be 16 clear of the United States and 28 ahead of third placed Russia.
Chinese boxing has broken new ground with three fighters reaching Olympic finals in the country's best ever performance, but the tournament was yesterday overshadowed by claims of biased judging.
"The only way I could win here is if the judges got knocked out," complained Ireland's Paddy Barnes after losing to China's world light flyweight champion Zou Shiming on Friday evening.
"It's just a disgrace. I felt the punches knocking him but nothing came. I landed a punch in the first round but it went to Zou."
Barnes wasn't a awarded a single point in his 15-0 mauling.
The Algerian camp had previously claimed Ouatah Newfel was unfairly eliminated from the super heavyweight quarter-finals to smooth the path of China's Zhang Zhilei.
Despite criticisms on air quality, media freedoms and its defiant refusal to tolerate any protests, China started to revel in its hosting of the biggest sporting event on earth.
The official state-run Xinhua news agency ran a commentary calling it "a milestone in the course of the great reinvigoration of the Chinese nation".
"And this generation of the Chinese people are lucky to witness a century-old dream of the nation finally come true," it said.
"The Chinese people now can proudly announce to the world: we have lived up to the trust of the international community and the International Olympic Committee."

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