Maybe the finest performance of the Athletics competitions in London, as the United States women’s team (Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter) won the first American gold medal in this event since 1996, setting a new world record and leaving the Jamaican fearsome foursome more than half a second behind.

Athletics

Men’s pole vault – Renaud Lavillenie of France, a two time European champion and two time bronze medalist from the world’s took the gold medal with a new Olympic record of 5.97. Silver went to Bjorn Otto of Germany, with Bronze also going to Germany and young Raphael Holzdeppe (22), both with 5.91.

Women’s hammer throw – Tatyana Lysenko (former doper) of Russia took the gold medal with a new Olympic record, 78.18, defending her world title. Silver went to Anita Wlodarczyk with silver. Bronze, after quite a controversy, went to Betty Heidler of Germany, making a bit of justice.

Women’s 5000 meters – Meseret Defar of Ethiopia, the gold medalist from Athens and bronze medalist in Beijing returned the gold to her, coming ahead of Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya) by 0.88 seoncds. Another Ethiopian, Tirunesh Dibaba, the 10,000 winner and the 5000 champion from Beijing, took bronze.

Women’s 4×100 meters relay – The foursome from the United States – Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter set a new world record with a fantastic 40.82, coming ahead of Jamaica with 41.41, a new Jamaican record. Bronze went to Ukraine with 42.04, another national record in a very high quality final.

Women’s 1500 meters – A shocking result, as two Turksih runners took gold and silver, coming out of nowhere and immediatly sparking debates of performance enhancing drugs. Asli Cakir Alptekin, the European champion, won the race, followed by Gamze Bulut who took silver in the European games. Bronze went to Maryam Yusuf Jamal.

Men’s 4×400 meters relay – Gold went to the Bahamas, as Ramon Miller overtook Angelo Taylor of the United States over the final 100 meters, giving the United States a silver. Bronze went to Trinidad and Tobago.

Cycling

Men’s BMX – Maris Strombergs of Latvia took the gold medal for the second time in a row. Sam Willoughby of Australia took the silver. Carlos Oquendo of Colombia took the bronze.

Women’s BMX – Mariana Pajon of Colombia took the gold medal, followed by Sarah Walker of New Zealand with silver and Laura Smulders of the Netherlands with bronze.

Field Hockey

Women’s – The Netherlands took the gold medal, beating Argentina 2-0 in the final. Great Britain took bronze, beating New Zealand 2-1 in the medal match.

Sailing

Men’s 470 class – Australia took gold, Great Britain took silver and Argentina took bronze.

Women’s 470 class – New Zealand took gold, Great Britain took silver and the Netherlands took bronze.

Swimming

Men’s marathon – Oussama Mellouli took the gold medal in the 10 kilometers swim, his second Olympic gold after winning the 1500 meters race in Beijing. Thomas Lurz of Germany took the silver medal, improving on his bronze from Beijing, while Richard Weinberger of Canada took the bronze medal.

Synchronized Swimming

Women’s team – Russia took gold, China took silver, Spain took Bronze.

Taekwondo

Women’s 67 kilograms –

Men’s 80 kilograms –

Wrestling

Men’s freestyle 55 kilograms – Djamal Otarsultanov of Russia took the gold medal, beating Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia who goes home with the silver. Yang Kyong-Il of North Korea took bronze, alongside Shinichi Yumoto of Japan.

Men’s freestyle 74 kilograms – Jordan Burroughs of the United States took the gold, beating Sadegh Goudarzi of Iran in the final, taking silver. Bronze went to Soslan Tigiev of Uzbekistan and Denis Tsargush of Russia.

Medal Table

The United States keep building a big gap from China after another good day on the track and elsewhere while China ran out of competitions to excell in. Great Britain remain third, ahead of Russia in fourth by 10 gold medals.

 
RankNOCGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States (USA)41262693
2 China (CHN)37252082
3 Great Britain (GBR)*25151757
4 Russia (RUS)15212561
5 South Korea (KOR)127625
6 Germany (GER)10171138
7 France (FRA)891229
8 Hungary (HUN)84315
9 Australia (AUS)7141031
10 Italy (ITA)76720
11 Netherlands (NED)65819
12 Kazakhstan (KAZ)6039
13 Japan (JPN)5141635
14 Iran (IRI)45110
15 New Zealand (NZL)43512
16 North Korea (PRK)4026
17 Jamaica (JAM)34310
18 Belarus (BLR)33410
19 Cuba (CUB)3328
20 Ukraine (UKR)31711
21 South Africa (RSA)3115
22 Ethiopia (ETH)3036
23 Spain (ESP)27312
24 Romania (ROU)2529
25 Denmark (DEN)2439
26 Czech Republic (CZE)2338
 Kenya (KEN)2338
28 Brazil (BRA)22711
29 Poland (POL)22610
30 Croatia (CRO)2114
 Turkey (TUR)2114
32 Switzerland (SUI)2103
33 Canada (CAN)151117
34 Colombia (COL)1348
35 Sweden (SWE)1337
36 Georgia (GEO)1214
37 Slovenia (SLO)1124
38 Norway (NOR)1113
 Tunisia (TUN)1113
40 Dominican Republic (DOM)1102
41 Ireland (IRL)1012
 Latvia (LAT)1012
 Lithuania (LTU)1012
44 Algeria (ALG)1001
 Bahamas (BAH)1001
 Grenada (GRN)1001
 Venezuela (VEN)1001
48 Mexico (MEX)0325
49 Azerbaijan (AZE)0246
50 Egypt (EGY)0202
51 India (IND)0134
 Slovakia (SVK)0134
53 Argentina (ARG)0123
 Armenia (ARM)0122
 Belgium (BEL)0123
 Mongolia (MGL)0123
57 Estonia (EST)0112
 Bulgaria (BUL)0112
 Indonesia (INA)0112
 Malaysia (MAS)0112
 Serbia (SRB)0112
 Thailand (THA)0112
 Chinese Taipei (TPE)0112
64 Botswana (BOT)0101
 Cyprus (CYP)0101
 Finland (FIN)0101
 Guatemala (GUA)0101
 Portugal (POR)0101
69 Greece (GRE)0022
 Moldova (MDA)0022
 Qatar (QAT)0022
 Singapore (SIN)0022
 Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)0022
 Uzbekistan (UZB)0022
75 Afghanistan (AFG)0011
 Bahrain (BRN)0011
 Hong Kong (HKG)0011
 Saudi Arabia (KSA)0011
 Kuwait (KUW)0011
 Morocco (MAR)0011
 Puerto Rico (PUR)0011
 Tajikistan (TJK)0011
Total (81 NOCs)252254287793