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Host nation maintain diving dominance

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  • China continue diving dominance with victory in women's 10m synchronized
  • Germany claim victory from Australia in three-day eventing team competition
  • Hosts also win men's 69kg weightlifting, their fifth gold from five in discipline
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(CNN) -- Wang Xin and Chen Ruolin continued China's dominance in the diving, winning the women's 10-meter synchronized competition for the host nation's third victory fromj three events.

Wang Xin and Chen Ruolin continue China's diving dominance with gold in the women's 10m synchronized.

China have also won synchro events in the woman's three-meter springboard and men's 10-meter platform and are hoping to sweep all eight gold medals in the discipline.

Wang and Chen won gold with a score of 363.54 points. Australia's Briony Cole and Melissa Wu took the silver at 335.16, while Mexico's Paola Espinosa and Tatiana Ortiz claimed bronze.

Germany's three-day eventing team convincingly won the first gold medal of the equestrian events from runners-up Australia.

Britain took the bronze medal after a gripping final show-jumping phase of the competition. Germany finished on 166.10 penalty points, ahead of Australia's 171.20, and Britain's 185.70.

Germany's Hinrich Romeike, on his gelding Marius, clinched the gold for his team as the last of 57 riders to take on the 13 fences.

This victory was consolation of sorts for Germany's bitter loss in the Athens Games in 2004, when the gold medal was taken away from the team and given to France after Bettina Hoy, one of the best-known riders in the world, was penalised for crossing the start line twice.

Romeike completed a notable double when he also took the individual honors from American Gina Miles, riding McKinlaigh. The bronze medal went to Kristina Cook of Britain, riding Miners Frolic.

South Korea's Jin Jong-oh won the gold medal in men's 50-meter pistol, holding on despite a poor final shot to edge North Korea's Kim Jong Su with China's Tan Zongliang taking the bronze.

Jin scored only 8.2 of a possible 10.9 points on his final attempt, meaning Kim and Tan each could have won. However, Tan shot only a 9.2, and Kim shot a 10.5, falling just 0.2 points short of Jin's total of 660.4.

The two Koreans shared the podium for the second time at these Olympics. Jin took the silver and Kim the bronze in the 10-meter air pistol on Saturday.

American Glenn Eller took gold in the men's double trap, building a solid lead during qualifying and then hitting 45 of 50 targets in the final round.

Eller, at 26 the youngest competitor in the six-man field, set an Olympic record with a total score of 190 points -- and also with a qualifying score of 145. Francesco D'Aniello of Italy won the silver, and Hu Binyuan of China took the bronze.

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The win proved a marked improvement from Eller's performance in 2004 in Athens, where he trailed in 17th place.

Pak Hyon Suk won North Korea's first weightlifting gold with total lifts of 241kgs in the women's 63kg division.

Pak risked being eliminated after failing two clean and jerks at 135kg, but nailed her final attempt to clinch the gold in the last lift of the competition.

Irina Nekrassova of Kazakhstan was second and Lu Ying-chi of Taiwan got the bronze. World champion and world record-holder Liu Haixia of China was not competing because the hosts chose to prioritize other weight categories.

Russia's Svetlana Tsarukaeva was the favorite to win, but crashed out with three failed attempts to lift 107kg in the snatch.

Meanwhile, China added to their weightlifting gold rush when Liao Hui won the men's 69kg category.

Liao snatched 158kg and heaved 190kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 348kg. Frenchman Vencelas Dabaya-Tientcheu got the silver ahead of European champion Tigran Martirosyan of Armenia. China has now won all five of the weight categories they have participated in so far.

Michal Martikan of Slovakia took gold in the men's single canoe slalom, taking top spot on the podium 12 years after claiming victory in the Atlanta Games.

Martikan won silver in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, finishing second both times behind France's Tony Estanguet. However, Estanguet finished a surprising ninth in his first run on the whitewater course and did not qualify for the finals this time around. David Florence of Britain won silver on Tuesday with Robin Bell of Australia claiming the bronze.

Martikan was only 17 when he won the gold medal in Atlanta. He is the No. 1 ranked canoeist by the International Canoe Federation and his combined time of 176.65 seconds was nearly two seconds better than Florence's time.

Alexander Grimm of Germany won the gold medal in the men's single kayak slalom, using a pair of clean, fast runs to secure victory.

Fabien Lefevre of France finished second with Togo's Benjamin Boukpeti winning the bronze medal to become the first black man to win a medal in a canoe slalom event. Grimm, ranked third in the world, won in a combined time of 171.70 seconds.

Japan's Ayumi Tanimoto retained the women's 63kg judo title on Tuesday. She beat Lucie Decosse in the final with a stunning uchi-mata (inner thigh throw) as a counter to the Frenchwoman's own ouchi-gari (inner thigh reap) attack for the maximum ippon score.

Elisabeth Willeboordse of the Netherlands denied Cuba's Driulis Gonzalez a record fifth Olympic medal by winning bronze.

Won Ok Im continued North Korea's impressive Games as she won their third judo medal, beating Austria's Claudia Heill for the second bronze.

Former European champion Ole Bischof of Germany won the men's 81kg judo gold title. Bischof beat Asian champion Kim Jae Bum of South Korea in the final by a small yuko score, earned off a foot sweep (kouchi-gari).

World champion Tiago Camilo of Brazil won bronze as he beat his predecessor Guillhaume Elmont of the Netherlands. Ukraine's Roman Gontyuk added Beijing bronze to the silver he won in Athens four years ago as he beat Mongolia's Damdinsuren Nyamkhuu.

China claimed their 13th gold medal, six ahead of second-placed United States, when Zhong Man claimed victory in the men's saber fencing, defeating Nicolas Lopez of France 15-9 in the final. Lopez won the silver, and Mihai Covaliu of Romania took the bronze.

Zhong is only the second fencing gold medalist for China. Jujie Luan, who now competes for Canada, won a gold for China in 1984.

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