The Beijing Olympics' first doping scandal has hit only three days after the opening ceremony.
Spanish cyclist Maria Isabel Moreno was kicked out of the games yesterday after testing positive for the common endurance enhancing drug EPO.
Moreno was due to compete in the women’s road race and individual time trial but left Beijing after being tested on July 31, blaming an anxiety attack.
Tennis loses another seed
The women’s tennis tournament has lost its top seed players.
French Open Champion Serbian Ana Ivanovic is the 4th high-ranked player to pull out of the Olympics after failing to recover from an injured thumb.
Ivanovic’s departure is more bad news after showers postponed all but nine of the 45 matches in the first weekend’s play.
Eyes on Beijing
During the Olympics, grey-power are taking it to the streets.
Beefing up security during the Games, communities in Beijing have organized senior residents to be security volunteers to keep an eye on their neighborhood and anything untoward.
With an average age of about 50 they get no pay but are provided with uniforms, including the distinctive red armband and medicine for heat stroke.
Another in the bag for Team USA
Team USA snatched another gold winning the men’s 4 x 100 metre freestyle – literally by a finger.
The four-man team of Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones and Jason Lezak, won the event by a finger length, clocking in at a blazing 3.08.24, eight-hundredths-of-a-second ahead of favourites France.
The win has elevated Phelps haul to two and furthered his goal of claiming eight golds in one Olympics.
One of the most competitive events in swimming, all of the top five teams from yesterday’s race beat the past world record which was shattered by nearly four seconds.
Lifting China above the rest
China continued its force in weightlifting after veteran lifters added two more golds to its medal tally.
Chen Yanqing retained her women's 58kg Olympic title with a combined lift of 244kg.
Marina Shainova from Russia took the silver medal with a total lift of 227kg, while O Jong Ae from North Korea got the bronze with 226kg, beating Thailand's Wandee Kameaim.
The 29-year-old Chen is the first strongwoman in the world to successfully defend her Olympic title since the women's weightlifting entered the summer Olympics in Sydney eight years ago.
（英语点津 Helen 编辑）
" style="WIDTH: 120px; HEIGHT: 80px" title="">Dylan Quinnell is a freelance journalist and photographer from New Zealand who has worked in TV, print, film and online. With a strong interest in international affairs, he has worked in Denmark, Indonesia and Australia, covering issues like the EU, indigenous people and deforestation. Dylan is in Beijing on an Asia New Zealand grant working as a copy editor for the English news department.