Chad le Clos of South Africa, only 20, ended Michael Phelps’ reign at the 200 meters butterfly, overtaking the man with more medals (19) than any other athlete in the history of the Olympic games with one final stroke. But Phelps did get his first gold of the Olympics, anchoring Team USA to gold, alongside Ryan Lochte, winning the 4×200 meters freestyle relay.
China kept on winning medals (Diving, Weightlifting, Fencing, 200 IM) while the Americans took more gold in the pool, shooting and the Women’s artistic team all-around. China still lead the gold medal count with 13 ahead of the USA’s 9, but the two nations are tied at 23.
Canoeing, Men’s Slalom C-1
Tony Estanguet of France, the gold medalist in this event from Sydney and Athens, took his third career gold medal with a final time of 97.06, coming ahead of Sideris Tasiadis of Germany (98.09) with silver, his first Olympic medal, and Michal Martikan, the winner in Beijing, coming up with bronze and his fifth Olympic medal.
Diving – Women’s synchronized 10 meters platform
As expected, the Chinese duo of Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao taking gold with a score of 368.40. Mexico took silver, Canada came up with Bronze.
In the individual eventing, Michael Jung of Germany took gold, making it a double gold for him on the day as Germany won the team eventing. Sara Algotsson Ostholt of Sweden came up with silver, Sandra Auffarth of Germany took the individual bronze. In the team eventing, Great Britain (silver) and New Zealand finished behind Germany.
Fencing – Men’s Foil
Lei Sheng of China, a two time gold medalist from the world championships became the first winner for this event for China, won the gold, beating Egypt’s Alaaeldin Abouelkassem 15-13 in an incredible final. Choi Byung-Chul of South Korea took the bronze.
Gymnastics – Women’s artistic team all-around
The United States team of Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber repeated their achievement from the world championships, taking gold, finishing ahead of Russia (silver) and Romania (bronze), while the gold medalists from Beijing, China, were left out of the medal count on this one.
Women’s 63 kilograms – Urška Žolnir of Slovenia, after a bronze medal in Athens and three bronze medals in the world championships, finally won a gold medal, beating Xu Lili from China, coming up with the Silver. Yoshie Ueno from Japan and Gevrise Emane of France took home the bronze medals.
Men’s 81 kilograms – Kim Jae-Bum of South Korea, the silver medalist from Beijing, finished the final this time with a smile, beating Ole Bischof from Germany, who was the gold medalist in Beijing. Ivan Nifontov of Russia and Antoine Valois-Fortier of Canada took home the bronze.
Shooting – Men’s Skeet
As expected, Vincent Hancock of the United States took his second consecutive gold medal, setting a new Olympic record with 123 in the final. Anders Golding of Denmark took silver, Valeriy Shomin of Russia took home bronze.
Women’s 200 meters freestyle – Allison Schmitt, the silver medalist from the 400 meters and two time bronze medalist from Beijing won her first Olympic gold medal, setting a new Olympic record with 1:53.61. Silver went to Camille Muffat of France, who won the gold in the 400, finishing nearly two second behind Schmitt. Australian Bronte Barratt took the bronze medal.
Men’s 200 meters butterfly – No third consecutive gold for Michael Phelps, who led for 199 meters before probably making the wrong decision before touching the wall, having to settle for silver, finishing 0.05 seconds behind Chad le Clos of South Africa, a 20 year old winning his first Olympic medal. Takeshi Matsuda of Japan took the bronze medal at this event for a second consecutive time.
Women’s 200 meters Individual Medley – Ye Shiwen took the gold medal a couple of days after doing it in the double distance, taking over Alicia Coutts of Australia in the final 50 meters of freestyle, while USA’s Caitlin Leverentz took the bronze medal.
Men’s 4×200 meters freestyle relay – No surprises, not even close. The Americans torched the pool to take their first relay gold in the pool, with Ryan Lochte opening well enough and Michael Phelps closing well enough to give team USA a huge win and Phelps his 19th career Olympic medal and 15th of gold. France with Yannick Angel for the finish came in second, China with a closing Sun Yang took the bronze.
Women’s 63 kilograms – Maiya Maneza from Kazakhstan took home the gold medal, followed by the world champion, Svetlana Tsarukayeva of Russia (silver) and Christine Girard of Canada with bronze.
Men’s 69 kilograms – Lin Qingfeng of China took the gold medal with a total of 344, followed by Triyatno of Indonesia with a silver medal (took bronze in Beijing), followed by Razman Martin of Romania with bronze.
|2||United States (USA)||9||8||6||23|
|4||South Korea (KOR)||3||2||3||8|
|5||North Korea (PRK)||3||0||1||4|
|10||South Africa (RSA)||2||0||0||2|
|21||Great Britain (GBR)||0||2||2||4|
|Chinese Taipei (TPE)||0||1||0||1|
|New Zealand (NZL)||0||0||1||1|