Another fantastic day for the United States and Michael Phelps in the pool, with the Olympic legend winning his 17th gold medal and probably his last in an individual event, while Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky added more gold to aquatics kings, while the Athletics finals began on Day 7 of the games, Tomasz Majewski taking the men’s shot put gold and Tirunesh Dibaba winning the women’s 10,000 meters.
Archery – Men’s Individual
Oh Jin-Hyek of South Korea took the gold medal after winning bronze with the nation in the team event, beating Takaharu Furukawa of Japan in the final. Dai Xiaoxiang of China won the bronze medal.
Men’s shot put – Tomasz Majewski of Poland won his second consecutive gold medal in this event with a 21.89 throw to finish the evening. David Storl of Germany, the world champion took silver. Reese Hoffa of the United States took bronze
Women’s 10,000 meters – Tirunesh Dibaba repeated her gold medal from Beijing, finishing well ahead of the two Kenyans, Joyce Chepkirui taking silver and Vivian Cheruiyot, the world champion and favorite, taking bronze.
Badminton – Mixed doubles
It was a All-China final, eventually won by the duo of Zhao Unlei and Zhang Nan, the world champions in this event. A Danish duo took the bronze medal.
Men’s team pursuit – As expected, the British foursome of Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh took the gold medal, followed by Australia with silver and New Zealand with bronze.
Fencing – Men’s team sabre
South Korea surprised everyone by taking gold, facing the equally surprising Romania in the final. Italy beat the favorites, Russia, in the bronze medal eliminator.
Gymnastics – Men’s trampoline
Dong Dong of China took the bronze in this event four years ago, but this time he took gold, finishing just ahead of Russia Dmitry Ushakov and Lu Chunlong of China, the gold medalist in this event from four years ago.
Women’s +78 kilograms – Idalys Ortiz of Cuba, the Pan American champion, surprised many by reaching the final and taking gold, beating Mika Sugimoto of Japan. Karina Bryant of Great Britain and Tong Wen of China took the bronze medals.
Men’s +100 kilograms – The favorite, young Teddy Riner of France, beat Russian Aleksandr Mikhailine of Russia in the final. Rafael Silva of Brazil and Andreas Tolzer of Germany took bronze medals.
Men’s quadruple sculls – The German foursome easily won gold, followed by Croatia with silver and the surprised Australians, the world champions, finishing with bronze.
Men’s coxless pair – Eric Murray and Hamish Bond of New Zealand finished well ahead of France (silver) and Great Britain (bronze) after winning three consecutive world titles.
Women’s double sculls – The clear favorites came up with the win, as Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger took gold, followed by the Australian duo and the one from Poland, taking bronze.
Men’s single sculls – Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand, bronze medalist in Beijing and five time world champion won the gold medal, finishing ahead Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic, picking up his second silver Olympic medal and Alan Campbell of Great Britain with bronze.
Men’s 50 meters rifle prone – Sergei Martynov set a new final world record with 105.5, winning a gold medal after two bronze in previous Olympic games, followed by Lionel Cox of Belgium and Rajmond Debevec of Slovenia.
Men’s 25 meters rapid fire pistol – Leuris Pupo of Cuba won the gold medal, finishing ahead of Vijay Kumar of India and Ding Feng of China with bronze.
Women’s 200 meters backstroke – Missy Franklin of the United States, 17 mind you, won her third gold medal of these Olympics and swept the backstroke events, setting a new world record (2:04.06), coming ahead of Russian Anastasia Zuyeva with silver and American Elizabeth Beisel with bronze.
Men’s 100 meters butterfly – Probably, althoguh you never know, Michael Phelps’ last time in an individual event in the Olympic games, maybe ever, picking up his 17th career gold medal and 21 in total, winning another event three Olympic games in a row. He came ahead of South African Chad le Clos and Russian Yevgeny Korotyshkin.
Women’s 800 meters freestyle – Youth, extreme youth, wins again. The 15 year old American, Katie Ledecky, beat gold medalist in Beijing and world record holder Rebecca Adlington (finishing with bronze) and nearly setting a new world record, with Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain coming up with silver, but both of them weren’t even close to Ledecky.
Men’s 50 meters freestyle – Always the hardest event to call, Florent Manaudou, brother of the gold medalist from Athens, Laure Manaudou, surprised many by setting 21.34, coming ahead of Cullen Jones of the United States and Cesar Cielo of Brazil.
Women’s 75 kilograms – Svetlana Podobedova of Kazakhstan took gold, followed by Natalya Zabolotnaya of Russia, winning her second silver Olympic games medal and Iryna Kulesha of Belarus, taking bronze.
Men’s 85 kilograms – Adrian Zielinski of Poland took the gold, finishing ahead of Apti Aukhadov of Russia and Kianoush Rostami of Iran, the world champion with bronze.
The United States take the top spot in the rankings with another great day in the pool, keeping their one medal lead over China and now also having a one gold medal lead as well. Great Britain continue to impress, moving up to fourth, with South Korea still in third.
|1||United States (USA)||21||10||12||43|
|3||South Korea (KOR)||9||2||5||16|
|4||Great Britain (GBR)*||8||6||8||22|
|8||North Korea (PRK)||4||0||1||5|
|11||South Africa (RSA)||3||1||0||4|
|12||New Zealand (NZL)||3||0||3||6|
|32||Czech Republic (CZE)||0||2||0||2|
|Chinese Taipei (TPE)||0||1||0||1|
|Hong Kong (HKG)||0||0||1||1|