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Day 2: China stay on top as two world records fall in pool

(Xinhua)

08:37, July 30, 2012

By Sportswriter Gao Peng

LONDON, July 29 (Xinhua) -- China stayed clear on top of the Olympic medals table on Sunday as two more world records tumbled in the swimming pool.

Following an impressive opening day, the Chinese captured two gold from shooting and diving on Day 2, leading the medals race with six gold, four silver and two bronze. The United States followed with 11 medals, including three gold.

Italy, South Korea, France, DPR Korea and Kazakhstan all have two gold to be joint third.

Guo Wenjun, who was back to shooting four months after giving birth to a girl last year, retained her women's 10-meter air pistol title, earning China its second gold at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Guo won the qualifying round but was down to third with two rounds left in the final. But the 2008 champion got back to top in the last shot when then leader Celine Goberville of France faltered.

"I was very nervous throughout the final," said Guo. "I told myself to calm down and tried to stay focused."

The all-conquering Chinese divers started their bid for a clean sweep of eight gold medals as Wu Minxia and He Zi won the women's 3-meter synchronized springboard title.

The world champions led all the way to amass 346.2 points, ahead of U.S. pair Abigail Johnson and Kelci Bryant (321.9) and Canada's Emilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel (316.80).

"We managed to stay composed during the final, and encouraged each other in every dive," said Wu.

If the 26-year-old Wu wins the 3-meter springboard event, she will equal retired Guo Jingjing as the most successful diver with four Olympic gold.

Kazakhstan landed their second gold in these games thanks to a former Chinese national.

Zulfiya Chinshanlo, who moved to Kazakhstan from China's Hunnan province in 2008, won the women's 53kg title after breaking her own clean-and-jerk world record with a lift of 131kg.



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