Olympics 2012: Wednesday, Day 5 Results
LONDON (AP) - Five things to know about Wednesday, Day 5 of the London Olympics:
-Badminton flap talk of London Games.
-Uchimura on top of men's gymnastics.
-Britain gets first 2 golds of games.
-Is Phelps greatest ever? Olympians weigh in.
-Venus Williams bounced from tennis singles; Serena advances.
The crowd booed as the badminton players dumped shots into the net, trying to improve their positioning for the next round. The umpire and tournament referee Torsten Berg issued warnings, imploring them to exert maximum effort. Badminton's governing body finally had its say Wednesday, and it wasn't pleased, either.
Four teams were kicked out of the women's doubles at the London Games for trying to lose on purpose, and a couple of the sport's top players said they were embarrassed by the whole episode
The eight doubles players from China, South Korea and Indonesia were cited by the Badminton World Federation for "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport."
"We have to be clear, there has been a problem here and we have to take that problem very seriously," BWF secretary general Thomas Lund said. "There are things we can improve on and look at after this competition."
South Korea and Indonesia appealed the disqualification, but the BWF rejected the South Korean appeal and the Indonesia challenge was withdrawn. China had accepted the federation's earlier decision.
"We applaud the federation for having taken swift and decisive action," IOC spokesman Mark Adams told The Associated Press. "Such behavior is incompatible with the Olympic values."
The eight disqualified players are world doubles champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China and their South Korean opponents Jung Kyun-eun and Kim Ha-na, along with South Korea's Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung and Indonesia's Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii.
The players went before a disciplinary hearing Wednesday, a day after spectators at the arena booed their performance after it became clear they were deliberately trying to lose.
Kohei Uchimura wanted to lead Japan to the gold medal in men's gymnastics, but he struggled in the final and settled for silver.
It was a much different story in the all-around competition.
Uchimura added Olympic gold to the world titles he's won the last three years, and it was never much of a contest. Midway through the meet, the only question was how big his victory would be and who would be standing next to him on the medals podium.
Uchimura's score of 92.690 was more than 1.5 points ahead of silver medalist Marcel Nguyen of Germany. American Danell Leyva got the bronze.
"I have been a world champion three times, three years in a row. But this is different," Uchimura said. "It's once in four years, and the wait was there. I felt like the demon was chasing me this time."
Host Britain picked up its first two gold medals of the games when Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the final of the women's pair at the rowing regatta and cyclist Bradley Wiggins took the time trial, delighting the crowd at Hampton Court Palace on the banks of the River Thames.
American Kristin Armstrong defended her title in the women's time trial, beating Judith Arndt of Germany by more than 15 seconds to get the gold.
A day after swimmer Michael Phelps won a record 19th medal, the debate hung over the pool and around Olympic Park.
Greatest Olympian ever?
"He's won more medals that any Olympian in history," American teammate Tyler Clary said. "That should speak for itself."
Phelps put himself in position to add to that total when he advanced Wednesday night to the 200-meter individual medley final.
Fellow American Rebecca Soni moved on in the 200 breaststroke, setting a world record in the semis.
Nathan Adrian (100 freestyle), Daniel Gyurta (200 breaststroke) and China's Jiao Liuyang (women's 200 butterfly) each won a gold medal, and the United States finished first in the women's 4x200 freestyle relay.
Adrian of the U.S. closed fast and clocked 47.52 seconds to finish 0.01 ahead of world champion James "The Missile" Magnussen of Australia.
Hungary's Gyurta set a world record when he clocked 2:07.28 in the final.
Venus Williams was eliminated in the singles competition at Wimbledon, losing 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) to No. 7-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany. Seeking a record fourth gold medal in Olympic tennis, Williams still has a shot with sister Serena in doubles.
Venus was diagnosed last year with an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue, and she looked weary against Kerber. She wasted a lead in each set.
"I made a few errors and she hit a few winners, and things can go quickly in tennis," Williams said.
Serena moved on, routing No. 13 seed Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 6-0. Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Kim Clijsters also advanced.
On the men's side, Britain's Andy Murray outlasted Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Novak Djokovic beat Lleyton Hewitt in three sets, and Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Juan Martin del Potro also won.
The rest of the Olympic action Wednesday:
Angel McCoughtry scored 18 points, Tina Charles had 16 and the U.S. women beat Turkey 89-58 in a matchup of unbeaten teams.
Turkey stayed close for a while. It had an early one-point lead in the first quarter before McCoughtry helped the Americans build a 15-point advantage by the half.
The Americans close out pool play Sunday against China, which is also 3-0 after routing Angola 76-52.
Also, France edged Canada 64-60 to advance to the next round; Russia remained unbeaten with a 67-61 win over Britain; and Australia rebounded from its first loss to a non-American team in the Olympics since 1996 with a 67-61 victory over Brazil.
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