Olympic Results 2012: Notable Highlights from Day 4 Action

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIAugust 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates after winning the gold in the Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Day 4 of the London Olympics was one of the most exciting that we have seen so far.

Dreams were realized, records were tied and medals were won. It was easy to miss though, as the time difference between the United States and the neighbors across the pond makes for a difficult viewing experience.

Still, there is no excuse for not getting your fill of Olympics action. After all, the Summer Olympics only come around once every four years.

Here are the top moments from Day 4 action.


Michael Phelps Becomes Most Decorated Olympian Ever

Michael Phelps was handed a disappointing loss in his first race, the 200-meter butterfly. It was hardly a loss, as the "Baltimore Bullet" won the silver medal.

He was in perfect position to take the gold, but faltered down the stretch and was caught by South Africa's Chad le Clos, who touched the wall 0.05 seconds before Phelps.

That win tied him with Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina for the most medals in an Olympic career.

Phelps then followed up his silver-medal outing by anchoring a gold-medal effort in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay by the Americans

That was how he won number 19. The United States won't soon forget.


United States Women's Gymnastics Takes Gold

The United States women's gymnastics team took home the gold medal in the team competition on Tuesday. In dominating fashion, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross beat the second-place Russians by more than five points.

Douglas anchored the team, competing in every event. The 16-year-old phenom placed second overall in vault, third overall in the floor exercise, fourth in the balance beam and sixth on the uneven bars.

Wieber rebounded from her disappointing exclusion from the all-around final by finishing third and fourth in the vault and floor exercise, respectively.

Raisman finished first in the floor exercise, Ross contributed in the balance beam and uneven bars and Maroney was brilliant as usual on the vault, finishing first.


Allison Schmitt Breaks Olympic Record

American swimmer Allison Schmitt broke the Olympic record in the 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday, finishing nearly two seconds ahead of France's Camille Muffat.

She used her time of one minute, 53.61 seconds to bring home the first Olympic gold medal of her career. It was her third overall medal in London thus far.

Her teammate, Missy Franklin, missed the podium by 0.01 seconds behind Great Britain's Bronte Barratt.

The youth on the United States women's swim team is remarkable. Franklin is only 17 years old, and Schmitt is a mere 22. We could see the American women dominate in the pool for years to come.