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Maria dominates

London: Russia’s Maria Sharapova marked her Olympic debut with a 6-2, 6-0 demolition of Israel’s Shahar Peer under the Centre Court roof at Wimbledon on Sunday.

Sharapova missed the 2008 Olympics in Beijing due to a shoulder injury and the world No. 3 has been determined to savour every minute of her first appearance at the Games.

The 25-year-old carried her country’s flag at Friday's opening ceremony and she produced a few fireworks off her own to blitz Peer in 65 minutes in a first round match played indoors due to persistent rain.

In cycling, Dutchwoman Marianne Vos put years of frustration behind her when she claimed the gold medal in the Olympic cycling road race, dashing Britain’s hopes of a first home victory of the Games in driving rain on Sunday.

Vos outsprinted breakaway companion Lizzie Armitstead who at least earned the hosts their first medal of the London Olympics with a silver as rain poured down on The Mall.

In women’s 10 metre air pistol, China’s Guo Wenjun produced a near-perfect last shot to claim gold, retaining her Olympic title in a topsy-turvy nervejangling final.

Guo finished with 488.1 points, with France’s Celine Goberville claiming silver in a shoot-off with Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych after both finished on 486.6. Guo threw her hands over her face in disbelief after scoring a 10.8 — just shy of the maximum 10.9 — to overhaul Goberville, who held a 0.5 advantage going into the 10th and decisive round.

Moving to weightlifting, North Korea’s Om Yun Chol joined an exclusive group of weightlifters who have lifted three times their body weight in the clean and jerk.

According to Om, it was all thanks to the “Great Leader.” Om, who stands just 1.52 meters tall, also set an Olympic record when he cleared 168 kg in the clean and jerk in the men’s 56-kg — and immediately gave all the credit to former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.