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Day 6: More gold, records for China

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Editor's note: GoKunming will be crossposting content from our sister site China Sports Today throughout the Olympics.

As of 6:45 pm Beijing time, China held its lead in the gold medal race, with 22, well ahead of second-place Team USA's 10 golds. South Korea, Italy and Germany were tied for third with six golds each.

In terms of overall medals won, China retook the lead from the US, with 34 medals compared to the Americans' 33. South Korea and Australia were tied for third with a total of 16 medals each.

Yang Wei wins men's individual gymnastics competition
Yang Wei (杨威), who took gymnastics gold with his teammates on August 12, won the men's individual competition today. Although Yang is known for his consistent performance across all six disciplines, he came close to disaster in the last, the horizontal bar. Close to losing his grip, he held on to bring China its first men's all-round gold since Li Xiaoshuang 李小双 at the Atlanta games in 1996.

Chinese women swim into the record books
In the swimming pool, Liu Zige (刘子歌) won gold with a world record time of two minutes 04.18 seconds in the women's 200m butterfly. Her teammate Jiao Liuyang (焦刘洋) from Harbin took silver, also beating the previous world record. The ousted world record holder, Jessicah Schipper of Australia, took bronze.

Fourth shooting gold for China
Du Li (杜丽), having unsuccessfully defended her Olympic title in the 10 meter air rifle competition on August 9, today took gold in the 50 meter rifle three positions (prone, standing, kneeling) event. She did it in style too, with a new Olympic record of 690.3 points.

Zhang Juanjuan pulls off archery upset
27th-seeded Zhang Juanjuan (张娟娟) outshot top seed Park Sung-hyun of South Korea for a surprise win in archery's women's individual competition Thursday. Zhang scored 110 of a possible 120 points with Park taking the silver with 109 and her South Korean teammate Yun Ok-hee winning bronze.

Yang Wei image: The Australian

Liu Zige image: french.peopledaily.com.cn

Du Li image: 2008.sina.com.cn

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