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American high jumper Charles Austin surprised the world Sunday by leaping higher than anyone in Olympic history.

His jump of 7 feet, 10 inches made Austin the first American since Dick Fosbury in 1968 to win the high jump.

"I have never seen anything or felt anything like it in my life and never will again," said Austin, above.

Meanwhile, Amy Chow, right, became the first U.S. gymnast to win an individual medal in Atlanta.

"Of course, I'm happy," said Chow, who earned a 9.837 and tied China's Bi Wenjiing for the silver medal in the uneven bars. "My goal was just to make finals."

She had to sweat out the final results. Officials mistakenly punched in a 9.825 on the Georgia Dome scoreboards. They quickly recognized the error and adjusted accordingly.

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