Day 5 of the Olympic games brought us a new fastest swimmer in the world, as Nathan Adrian of the United States beat the favorite, James Magnussen of Australia by 0.01 seconds; the best Gymnast in the world winning his first Olympic gold medal, Kohei Uchimura; The host nation won its first and second gold medals, as Bradley Wiggins won the men’s road time trial.
Canoeing – Men’s Slalom K-1
Italian Daniele Molmenti, the world champion from 2010 in this event, won his first Olympic medal with a time of 93.43 to give him gold. Vavřinec Hradilek of the Czech Republic took silver, Hannes Aigner of Germany took bronze.
Women’s road time trial – The gold medalist from Beijing in this event, American Kristin Armstrong, repeated her achievement with a time of 37:34.82 over 29 kilometers. Judith Arndt of Germany finished 16 second behind to take silver, Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia took bronze, here second bronze in London after finishing third in the road race as well.
Men’s road time trial – Gold to the man who won the Tour de France, and Great Britain rejoice with two medals in the 44 kilometers time trial. Bradley Wiggins was far ahead of everyone with 50:39.54. Tony Martin of Germany took silver, 42 seconds slower than Wiggins, while Chris Froome of GB took bronze.
Diving – Men’s Synchronized 3 meters springboard
No surprise, with a gold for the Chinese duo of Luo Yutong and Qin Kai, followed by Russia with silver and the United States with bronze.
Men’s Epee – A big surprise as Ruben Limardo won Venezuela’s their second ever gold medal, beating another surprise finalist, Bartosz Piasecki of Norway who took silver. Jung Jin-Sun of South Korea took bronze.
Women’s Sabre – Kim Ji-Yeon of South Korea won the gold medal, beating Sofiya Velikaya of Russia, taking silver. Olha Kharlan of Ukraine took the bronze medal.
Gymnastics – Men’s artistic individual all-around
A day of many falls but the favorite, Kohei Uchimura, the all-around champion three times in a row and silver medalist from Beijing came up with gold, followed by Marcel Nguyen of Germany with silver and Danell Leyva of the United States with bronze.
Men’s 90 kilograms – A lot of surprising names among the medalists; Song Dae-Nam of South Korea took gold, beating Asley Gonzales of Cuba in the final, with the Cuban taking silver. World champion Ilias Iliadis, the Greek gold medalist from Athens took bronze, and so did Masashi Nishiyama of Japan.
Women’s 70 kilograms – The silver medalist from Beijing and current world champion, Lucie Decosse, didn’t disappoint, winning the gold medal, followed by Kerstin Thiele of Germany with silver; Yuri Alvear from Colombia and Edith Bosch of the Netherlands with bronze, her third Olympic medal.
Men’s eight – Germany took gold, followed by Canada with silver and Great Britain with bronze.
Women’s Coxless pairs – The British duo of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning came up with gold, followed by the Australian duo with silver and New Zealand with bronze.
Women’s quadruple sculls – Ukraine took gold, well ahead of Germany with silver and the United States with bronze.
Shooting – Women’s 25 meters pistol
Kim Jang-Mi of South Korea took gold with a score of 792.4 (including the qualifiers), followed by the gold medalist from Beijing (silver this time), Chen Ying of China; Olena Kostevych of Ukraine took bronze.
Men’s 200 meters breastsroke – World champion and silver medalist from Athens (when he was 15!!!) Daniel Gyurta of Hungary took gold, while setting a new world record (2:07.28), narrowly beating Britain’s Michael Jamieson who took silver. Ryo Tateishi of Japan took bronze, leaving Kosuke Kitajima out of the medal finish and medal-less in London.
Women’s 200 meters butterfly – World champion Jiao Liuyang of China set a new Olympic record (2:04.06) and took the gold while Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain took silver; Natsumi Hoshi of Japan took the bronze.
Men’s 100 meters freestyle – Nathan Adrian stunned the world Champion James Magnussen, taking gold, winning by 0.01 seconds, which is pretty much 2 centimeters, or a straight elbow compared to a bent one. Brent Hayden of Canada took the bronze medal, his first Olympic medal at the age of 28.
Women’s 4×200 meters freestyle relay – The United States waited for Allison Schmitt to come with the big finish and win the gold with a new Olympic record, 7:42.92, in what was a two horse race for 600 meters between the winners and Australia who took silver. France took bronze.
Table Tennis – Women’s singles
Li Xiaoxia won the all-Chinese final and took home the gold, beating Ding Ning, the world champion from 2011. Feng Tianwei of Singapore took bronze.
Women’s 69 kilograms – Rim Jong-Sim of North Korea took the gold, followed by Roxana Cocs of Romania with silver and Maryna Shkermankova from Belarus with bronze.
Men’s 77 kilograms – Lu Xiaojun of China added another gold medal to his nation with a gold medal, followed by another Chinese lifter, Lu Haojie. Ivan Cambar of Cuba took bronze.
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|3||South Korea (KOR)||6||2||4||12|
|5||North Korea (PRK)||4||0||1||5|
|11||Great Britain (GBR)||2||3||4||9|
|14||South Africa (RSA)||2||0||0||2|
|29||Czech Republic (CZE)||0||1||0||1|
|Chinese Taipei (TPE)||0||1||0||1|
|37||New Zealand (NZL)||0||0||2||2|