who set a world junior record of 1 min 54.87. After the final Jelimo embraced the Kenyan silver-medallist, Janeth Jepkosgei, the world champion, her friend, training partner and the person who had encouraged her to run this event in Beijing. Elsewhere, there was the consummate victory of Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia in the pole vault, climaxed by a world record, 5.05m, the clean sweep by Jamaican entries in the women's 100m and the triumph of the United States in the men's 400m, where they took all three medals as well as the 4 x 400m relay. The biggest disappointment on the track was the injury to Liu Xiang, China's defending 110m hurdles champion, who was forced to pull- out of his showdown with Dayron Robles of Cuba, the new world record- holder, who won the title without difficulty. Phelps may have been supreme in the pool but he has yet to try the 10km open- water competition, introduced for the first time in Beijing and proving the attraction one knew it would be. The men's race was won in a sprint finish with Britain's David Davies by the Dutchman Maarten van der Weijden, who had recovered from leukaemia six years earlier. He said: " When you are in hospital and feeling so much pain and feel so tired, you do not want to feel about the next day or week. You just think about the next hour, It teaches you to be patient… and that was almost the same strategy I chose here to wait for my chance in the pack ( of swimmers)." Van der Weijden was not the only Olympic champion to overcome personal distress for victory in Beijing. So did Matthias Steiner, the German winner of the men's super- heavyweight weightlifting, 13 months after his wife had been killed in a car crash. He carried a picture of Susann onto the rostrum to hold aloft with his gold medal. For China, their Olympic success was built on their familiar excellence in women's weightlifting, diving, where they took seven of the eight gold medals, table tennis, where they won each gold medal available, gymnastics and badminton. In table tennis, Sweden's Jörgen Persson described the Chinese opposition as " The Great Wall" and prominent among their champions was Zhang Yining, who retained her Olympic singles title by defeating Wang Nan, the 2000 Olympic gold medallist. In gymnastics, China won many of the events including the men's and women's team competition. However, their competitors were defeated in the women's combined exercises, when Nastia Liukin, the daughter of Valeri, winner of four medals in the 1988 Olympic competition, and Anna Kotchneva, a world medallist in rhythmic gymnastics, finished first for the United States, the country where her family live. Valeri, recalling a blemish in his routine 20 years earlier which he believes cost him the all- around gold medal, said: " My daughter fixed my mistake this time." Nastia ended with five medals from Beijing. In badminton, Zhang Ning retained her women's singles title by upsetting her compatriot Xie Xingfang, the favourite, in the final. Zhang, 33, had postponed plans for a family after marrying team- mate Yu Yang following Athens and returned to the sport, declaring: " I am not giving my place to any younger player easily. They have to fight for it as I did." However, not all of China's medals came from familiar sources. In fencing, Zhong Man took the men's sabre final after defeating Nicolas Lopez of France, a familiar home of talent in the sport. Zhong had, indeed, been coached by a Frenchman, Christian Bauer, who advised the Chinese competitor to be more aggressive in the latter stages of the event, and it was to Bauer that Zhong dedicated his victory. In archery, Zhang Juanjuan, who was seeded 27th, ended South Korea's 24- year long women's monopoly of the individual competition. She defeated all three Korean entries, including the Athens gold medallist, Park Sung- Hyun, saying: " This medal was won step by step. I prepared for a war." However, the South Koreans still took first place in both the men's and women's team final. The Chinese also won the women's quadruple sculls in rowing, a sport in which they have made immense progress in recent years, after a thrilling encounter with Britain, world champions for the last three years. In the double sculls, the New Zealand identical twins Caroline and Georgina Evers- Swindell retained their title, while the Romanians Georgeta Andrunache and Viorica Susanu took the pairs, giving Andrunache her fifth Olympic rowing gold medal, the same as her compatriot, Elisabeta ? LeftThe volunteers were enthusiastic, diligent and unfailingly cheerful Right Nastia Liukin, whose father is an Olympic medallist, won five gymnastic medals 12OLYMPIC REVIEW RESULTSwww. olympic. org BEIJING HIGHLIGHTS TM
www. olympic. orgOLYMPIC REVIEWRESULTS 13 BEIJING HIGHLIGHTS " VALERI LIUKIN, RECALLING A BLEMISH IN HIS ROUTINE WHICH COST HIM THE ALL-AROUND GOLD 20 YEARS AGO, SAID: ' MY DAUGHTER FIXED MY MISTAKE THIS TIME'"