China adds shooting, diving golds to top London Olympics medals

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LONDON. July 30. KAZINFORM China added gold medals in shooting and diving to lift its London Olympics total to six as U.S. shooter Kimberly Rhode became the first American woman to win a medal in an individual sport in five straight games.

Wenjun Guo, 28, took the women's 10-meter air pistol title yesterday, with compatriots Wu Minxia and He Zi taking gold in the women's synchronized 3-meter springboard diving. France won the men's 400-meter freestyle relay to hand the U.S. only its third loss in the event.

The victories helped give China 12 total medals, one more than the U.S. Italy has two golds, three silvers and two bronze medals. Wu secured her third consecutive Olympic title in the event after the Chinese pair led from the first to last dive.

"It is already a miracle what I have achieved," said the 26-year-old Wu, whose early career was blighted by injuries.

Rhode, 33, set an Olympic record in winning the women's skeet shooting event, finishing with a final score of 99 after setting a qualifying record with 74. Ning Wei of China won the silver, while Danka Bartekova of Slovakia won a shootout with Marina Belikova of Russia to take the bronze.

Wenjun had 488.1 points in the 10-meter air pistol. France's Celine Goberville got the silver by beating Ukraine's Olena Kostevych in a shootout after they tied with 486.6 points. Wu and He, 21, finished ahead of the American team of Kelci Bryant and Abigail Johnston, and Canada's Jennifer Abel and Emilie Heymans in the diving, Kazinform has learnt from Bloomberg.

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