An Olympic update -- and more on Phelps

Phelps lays back

BEIJING (AP) - Today was more or less a day of rest for Michael Phelps. The man with the most gold medals in Olympics history only had two qualifying heats on his schedule. He resumes his quest for gold here in Beijing tomorrow with the 200 Individual Medley.

After this morning's session, the winner of 11 gold medals said he just wants to get as much rest as possible over the next few days as he tries to achieve his goal of 8 gold medals in Beijing. So far Phelps has 5 gold medals and 5 world records.

The U.S. did pick up two medals today in the pool. In the men's 100-freestyle Jason Lezak (LEE'-zak) took the bronze while the U.S. team of Allison Schmitt, Natalie Coughlin (KAHG'-lihn), Caroline Burckle and Katie Hoff captured bronze in the women's 4x200 meter freestyle. Australia took the gold with a world record while China was second.

The United States had previously won every gold medal in this event since it was first contested in 1996.

Rhode lands silver

BEIJING (AP) - Chiara Cainero of Italy has won the gold medal in women's skeet shooting, beating Kim Rhode of the U.S. and Christine Brinker of Germany in a shoot-off. The three finished tied at 93 targets before Cainero hit the first two targets of the shoot-off. Rhode and Brinker each missed one. The shoot-off continued to determine second place and Rhode finished in front of the German.

Rhode won gold in double trap in 1996 and 2004, but that event was eliminated for women before the Beijing Games.

Yang wins All-Around

BEIJING (AP) - China's Yang Wei (wee) walked off with the gold medal in the men's All-Around gymnastics competition. He finished nearly three points ahead of the Japanese runnerup. The best American finish was ninth by Houston's Jonathan Horton.

Rain shuts down softball

BEIJING (AP) - Heavy rain wiped out the softball game between the United States and Canada. Play was halted in the top of the fourth inning today with the U.S. trailing 1-0. Play is scheduled to resume tomorrow, 30 minutes after completion of the regularly scheduled U.S. game against Japan.

U.S. is still on top

BEIJING (AP) - China and the U.S. now share the top spot in the medal list. Each country has 32 with China leading in gold medals with 20. Broken down the Chinese have 20 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze. The American team has 10 gold, 9 silver and 13 bronze. Third place is held by Australia with 16 medals overall.

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