North Korea's Om Yun Chol said he wanted to lift a big weight and make the other athletes nervous. He definitely nailed that strategy. Om, standing all of 5 feet and 123 pounds, won a gold medal by confidently lifting an Olympic-record 370 pounds in the clean and jerk at the London Games.
North Korea's Om Yun Chol said he wanted to lift a big weight and make the other athletes nervous.
He definitely nailed that strategy.
Om, standing all of 5 feet and 123 pounds, won a gold medal by confidently lifting an Olympic-record 370 pounds in the clean and jerk at the London Games.
Only a handful of people have lifted more than three times their body weight, and this one came out of nowhere.
Sunday's other big news included:
Swimming: Now the US Olympic men's swimming team knows what it feels like to be on the other side of the coin. Four years after Jason Lezak's thrilling final leg in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay helped the Americans blow by France, the European power handed Team USA some painful retribution in London on Sunday. Also, the women's 100-meter butterfly event has a new world-record holder and her name is Dana Vollmer. While it's shocking whenever a world record is broken during the Olympic Games, the American swimmer foreshadowed this event by recording a new personal-best time in the event when qualifying for the final.
Gymnastics: Jordyn Wieber, with a total score of 60.032, finished fourth in qualification for the individual all-around. Normally, that would be way more than enough to put her through to the finals, which is home to 24 gymnasts. But here's the kicker. Finishing ahead of Wieber were Aly Raisman (60.391) and Gabby Douglas (60.265), who, of course, are both American. And, according to the official rule, only a maximum of two gymnasts from each country can advance to the finals.
Soccer: Spain had another rough day against a supposedly inferior opponent. The Spaniards were pegged as one of the top teams in the soccer competition in the 2012 London Olympics, but they haven't played that way in their first two games. Luis Milla's club suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Honduras on Sunday in a Group D match of monumental proportions.
Basketball: There has been a lot of talk about this Team USA squad led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant—and they certainly walked the walk in their London 2012 opener, thrashing rival France 98-71. Bleacher Report is live in London with JR SportBrief, grading the players and overall performance of Team USA as they begin their journey for the gold medal.
Below watch the latest Olympics videos: