Puerto Rico in shock Olympic win

Puerto Rico defeated the reigning champions 92-73 in front of 12,000 fans at Helliniko Olympic Arena.

The US team has lost a basketball game only twice in their Olympic history: the gold medal game in Munich in 1972, and in the semi-final in Seoul in 1988, both times defeated by the Soviet Union.

In other Olympic news, South Africa’s 4 x 100 men’s freestyle swimming relay team has smashed Australia’s 2000 world record and winning gold.

They defeated both the Dutch team featuring gold medallist Pieter van den Hoogenband, which came second, and the US in third place.

Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajama has taken gold in the 100 metres breastroke, the first Asian man to win an Olympic title since 1988 in Seoul.

And Thailand has its first women’s Olympic champion in weightlifter Udamporn Polsak, who powered to gold in the 53kg class.

Australian swimmer Petria Thomas clinched the women’s 100m butterfly event, gaining her second gold medal in two days after clocking 57.72 seconds, beating Dutch record holder Inge de Bruijn.

She also won gold as part of Australia’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay, which set a world record to beat the US.

“Last night was great winning the relay but when you can do it by yourself as well, it’s just icing on the cake,” she told Channel Seven after the race.

“I suppose this is everyone’s dream and I’ve got it now and I’m going to savour it for the rest of my life,” she said.

This comes as champion swimmer Ian Thorpe, who on the weekend won the men’s 400m freestyle event, looks ahead to what has been dubbed the “race of the century”, the men’s 200m freestyle final, early Tuesday morning.

Thorpe will be up against US teenage swim sensation Michael Phelps and van den Hoogenband, the fastest qualifier in the event.

Three days into the Games, China leads the medal tally with five gold, two silver and a bronze.

Australia is in second place with four gold, a silver and three bronze, followed by Japan, Italy and Turkey.

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