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Britain Revels In Golden Games


Russia's Ivan Ukhov reacts after winning the men's high jump final during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Russia's Ivan Ukhov reacts after winning the men's high jump final during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Britain has now won more gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics than at any Summer Games in the last 100 years.

The Olympic host country raised its gold medal tally at the London 2012 Games to 22 on August 7 with victories by track cyclists Chris Hoy and Laura Trott, triathlon competitor Alistair Brownlee, and the equestrian dressage team.

Hoy's victory in the men's keirin event also raised his Olympic career total to six gold medals -- making him the most successful British Olympian of all time.

Also on August 7, Russia's Ivan Ukhov won gold in the men's high jump after clearing the bar at 2.38 meters. Erik Kynard of the United States won silver while British jumper Robbie Grabarz took the bronze.

Russia's Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina won Olympic gold with a stunning duet display in the synchronized swimming final. Spain took silver and China won bronze in the event.

In weightlifting, Behdad Salimikordasiabi of Iran won gold in the men's 105 kilogram category with a total lift of 455 kilograms.

Fellow Iranian Sajjad Anoushiravani won silver, while Russia's European champion Ruslan Albegov took the bronze medal.

More Gold Medals For Iran

Ghasem Rezaie won Olympic wrestling gold for Iran, defeating Rustam Totrov of Russia in the 96 kilogram category. It was Iran's third wrestling gold medal in London.
Armenia's Artur Aleksanyan and Jimmy Lidberg of Sweden took bronze medals.

Iran's Ehsan Hadadi won silver in the discus throw with a toss of 68.18 meters -- just nine centimeters behind gold medalist Robert Harting of Germany. Gerd Kanter from Estonia took bronze with a throw of 68.03 meters.

In the men's boxing welterweight quarter-finals, Ukraine's Taras Shelestyuk advanced by defeating France's Alexis Vastine.

Meanwhile, Russia's women's basketball team won its quarter final match, defeating Turkey 66 to 63 on August 7.

In women's handball, Olympic newcomer Montenegro advanced to the semifinals on August 7 after a last-second penalty shot by Katarina Bulatovic against France.

Montenegro's 23-22 quarterfinal victory against France sends the Montenegrin team into a semifinal match against Spain on August 9. Spain advanced by defeating Croatia 25-22 on August 7.

South Korea defeated Russia 24-23 to advance to the other semi final in women's handball on August 9, where they will play the defending champion Norway.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, and the BBC
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