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Men's 100-Meter And Tennis Finals Among Day Nine's Top Events

Kazakhstan's Ilya Ilyin set two new world records in weightlifting.
Kazakhstan's Ilya Ilyin set two new world records in weightlifting.
On August 5, day nine of the London Olympics, all eyes will be pinned on the Games' most-expected athletic event, the men's 100-meter final, where Jamaica's Usain Bolt will have to prove he is still the fastest man on the planet. 
 
Bolt, who won three Olympic golds in 2008, was beaten twice by fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake in national races last month. 
 
In the fight for the Olympic tennis gold, Brit Andy Murray takes on Roger Federer, in a replay of this year's Wimbledon final, in which the Swiss legend prevailed. 
 
Other events include men's and women's artistic gymnastics, men's weight lifting and Greco-Roman wrestling, and men's handball, where Serbia faces off with Hungary and Croatia -- the tournament's revelation so far -- takes on Spain. 
 
Croatia, a double Olympic champion, has made lightwork of its group adversaries so far, crushing reigning European champions Denmark 32-21 on August 4, dismissing South Korea by 10 points, Euro 2012 runners-up Serbia by eight and Hungary by seven.
 
On August 4, day eight, U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps made Olympic history, ending his career with another gold medal as the United States won the medley relay.
 
The most decorated Olympian of all time leaves the sport with 22 Olympic medals, including 18 golds. 
 
Speaking at a news conference, the American champion said, "I was able to really put the final cherry on top tonight, put all the whipped cream I wanted, and sprinkles. I was able to top off the sundae."
 
Track And Field

Kazakhstan's Ilya Ilyin set two new world records as he stormed to Olympic under-94kg men's weightlifting gold. 
 
The Beijing 2008 champion lifted 233 kilograms in the clean and jerk -- a new world record -- to secure victory with a world-best total of 418 kilograms. Aleksandr Ivanov of Russia took silver and Anatoli Ciricu of Moldova took bronze. 
 
On the Olympics track, Croatia's Sandra Perkovic won the women's discus gold medal with a throw of 69.11 meters. Russian Darya Pishchalnikova threw 67.56 meters for the silver. 
 
Jessica Ennis won the heptathlon gold medal for the Olympic hosts. German Lilli Schwarzkopf was reinstated after an original disqualification to claim silver. Tatyana Chernova of Russia dropped from silver to bronze.
 
In the men's 1,500-meter freestyle, Chinese swimmer Sun Yang set a world record on his way to his second gold medal of the London Games. He claimed victory in 14 minutes 31.02 seconds. 
 
The United States set a new world record on its way to Olympic gold in the women's 4x100-meter medley relay. The Americans won in 3 minutes 52.05 seconds, slicing 0.14 off the previous mark set by China. 
 
Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus won a silver medal in the women's 50-meter freestyle, finishing second after Dutchwoman Ranomi Kromowidjojo.  
 
On Wimbledon's Center Court, American Serena Williams won her first Olympic tennis women's singles gold medal with a 6-0, 6-1 demolition of Russia's Maria Sharapova. Williams' win, which took just 62 minutes, was the most one-sided women's tennis final in the history of the games. Belarusian tennis player and current world number one Viktoria Azarenka claimed the bronze, with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Russian Maria Kirilenko.
 
Midway through the Games, the United States was at the top of the overall medal table with 54 medals.
 
China was in second place with 53 medals.
 
 
Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, dpa, and the BBC 
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