Taekwondo’s 1-2-3: Kick, Punch and What?

LONDON — Confusion reigned at the Olympic taekwondo competition this week. Sara Basharmal, a spectator, was confused because she did not understand why the referee kept separating the competitors, barking what might have been instructions at them, and then letting them fight some more. Read more [...]

Burroughs Wins First Wrestling Gold for U.S.

LONDON — Jordan Burroughs gave the United States its first wrestling gold medal of the London Games, winning the men’s 74-kilogram freestyle final against Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi of Iran, 1-0, 1-0. Burroughs, who grew up in New Jersey, has won 38 straight freestyle matches since leaving the University of Nebraska. LEAVING EMPTY-HANDED A day after his sister Diana lost her first-round taekwondo fight, Steven Lopez fell in his opening bout in the men’s under-80-kilogram division, ending his hopes for a third Olympic title. Read more [...]

Marijuana Disqualification

8:49 p.m. | Updated The Olympic journey of Nick Delpopolo, 23, a judoka from Westfield, N.J., ended Monday when results of a drug test showed traces of marijuana in his system."Any positive test, for any banned substance, comes with the appropriate consequences, and we absolutely support the disqualification," Patrick Sandusky, a United States Olympic Committee spokesman, said in a statement . Read more [...]