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Day Three: China takes more gold, leads in medal count

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On the third day of the Beijing Olympics, China has proven itself to be a serious contender to win the most medals at this year's games. As of 7:30 pm Beijing time on Monday, China had taken eight of a total of 32 gold medals issued, accounting for a quarter of the Olympic gold given out so far.

In terms of total medals won, China's 13 total medals were one more than the United States' 12. South Korea was in third place with seven total medals and four gold medals. South Korea's four golds were second only to China's eight and one ahead of the three won by the US.

Yue/Liang take gold 10m synchronized platform
Monday at the Watercube, Divers Lin Yue (林跃) and Huo Liang (火亮) won China's second gold medal in diving so far, winning the men's 10 meter synchronized platform. The pair has been dominating international competitions heading into the Beijing games and appear to be having no trouble assuming the role of heirs to Chinese diving legends and Athens gold medalists Tian Liang and Yang Jinghui.

Lin and Huo's combined score of 468.18 beat out Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding of Germany (450.42) and Gleb Galperin and Dmitry Dobroskok of Russia (445.26).

Chen gives China third weightlifting gold medal
Chen Yanqing (陈艳青) won weightlifting gold for the second Olympics in a row, taking the top spot in the women's 58 kilogram class and giving China its third weightlifting gold in three days.

Chen is the first woman to win Olympic weightlifting gold twice.

The 29-year-old Chen, who had been coaxed out of retirement for the Beijing games, snatched 106 kilograms and lifted 138 for the clean and jerk, for a winning total of 244 kilograms. Chen beat out Marina Shainova of Russia and O Jong Ae from North Korea, who took silver and bronze, respectively.

Tian and Wang win again in beach volleyball
China inched closer to its first beach volleyball gold on Monday as Tian Jia (田佳) and Wang Jie (王洁) defeated Liesbeth Mouha and Liesbet Van Breedam of Belgium in a hard-fought 2:1 victory (18-21, 21-19, 15-13).

With wins against fellow Group A members Switzerland and Belgium, Tian and Wang look likely to advance to a berth in the tournament's top 16. The pair will play the undefeated duo of Susanne Glesnes and Kathrine Maaseide of Norway at 11 am Beijing time on Wednesday.

Lin Yue/Huo Liang image: sports.mop.com

Chen Yanqing image: Xinhua

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