Monday, August 18, 2008

Olympics Spotlight: A golden leap for Panama

* Irving Jahir Saladino Aranda of Panama leapt into the history books on Monday after winning the gold medal in the men’s long jump. Saladino’s countrymen celebrated in the streets of Colon after his winning jump of 8.34 meters gave the country its first Olympics gold medal ever. (Honorable mention goes to Cuba's Ibrahim Camejo's who earned bronze with a leap of 8.20m).

* In other medal-winning prefaces on Monday:

* Lastly, our video of the day highlights Brazilian female soccer juggernaut Marta who tallied twice and had an assist in her country’s 4-1 victory over Germany in the semis. Despite being down 1-0 early the Brazilians played exquisite attacking soccer to overrun the Germans and set up a gold medal match on Thursday against the U.S.

Here are the highlights of the Brazil-Germany match as covered by Brazilian TV network Globo:

Sources- AFP, CBC, AHN, Xinhua, TVNZ, Fox Sports, YouTube, BBC Sport, Reuters

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