WAMC Sports News

Jul 30, 2012

After Friday night’s opening ceremonies the London Olympics have been off to a fine start for team USA over the weekend.

The United States sat second in the medal standings when Day 3 of the Olympics got under way in London. Te U.S. captured three gold, five silver and three bronze medals over the weekend. The 11-medal total is one shy of China, which has won six gold, four silver and two bronze.

The U.S. men's basketball team overcame a slow start before cruising to a 98-71 win over France in their Olympic opener.

In the pool, Dana Vollmer of the United States set a world record to win the gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly. Vollmer led at the turn and hit the wall in 55.98 seconds to shave 0.08 off the previous mark. Michael Phelps opened defense of his Olympic title in the 200-meter butterfly with the fifth-fastest qualifying time in today's preliminaries. Phelps has yet to have the quickest time in the morning heats at the London Games four years after he won a record eight gold medals in Beijing

The U.S. women breezed through qualifying in women's gymnastics, however, team favorite Jordyn Wieber (WEE'-bur) won't have a chance to add an Olympic gold medal to her world title. Wieber was only the third-best American behind Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas, and countries are limited to two in the all-around final.

Despite all the action, however, Blocks of seats at premier Olympic events are empty, and officials are promising to find out why. The chairman of the London organizers says he suspects most of the no-shows were the guests of corporate sponsors. Sebastian Coe says troops and local students will be given tickets to fill empty seats at Olympic venues.

Today’s highlights include gold medal finals in the men's 200-meter freestyle, men's and women's 100-meter backstroke and women's 100-meter breaststroke and the team final in men’s gymnastics.

In other sports news, the Yankees going 10-3 over Boston on Friday but losing the following two games 8-6 on Saturday and 3-2 last night in ten innings

And the Mets have an easy win over Arizona 5-1. The Mets start a series with San Francisco tonight.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press