Olympic Medal Count 2012: Where the USA Ranks Among Medal Leaders
The United States had a special fourth day in London. The team is tied China in the medal count with 23—nine golds, eight silvers and six bronzes. However, China is atop with 13 gold medals.
Some of the most exciting moments came when Michael Phelps claimed his 19th medal to become the all-time Olympic winner and when the gymnastics team grabbed its first gold medal since Atlanta 1996.
Here's the recap of USA's medal results for Tuesday.
Vincent Hancock: Gold in Skeet
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Twenty-three-year-old Vincent Hancock grabbed his second Olympic gold in skeet. The U.S. Army Sergeant successfully defended his Beijing 2008 title with a final score of 148.
Hancock set an Olympic record in the qualifying round with 123 points out of 125 possible. In the final, the American shooter defeated Denmark's Anders Golding by two points.
Michael Phelps: Silver in 200m Butterfly
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Michael Phelps was the clear favorite in the 200-meter butterfly final, an event he hadn't lost since 2002 (world championships or Olympics).
Phelps led the race for 150 meters, but in the last 50, he couldn't keep up and South Africa's Chad le Clos came from behind to snatch the gold.
However, the silver was enough for a far-from-happy Phelps to tie the most Olympic medals record with Larisa Latynina.
Allison Schmitt: Gold in 200m Freestyle
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After claiming a bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay and a silver in 400-meter freestyle, Allison Schmitt finally got a gold medal Tuesday in 200-meter freestyle and set an Olympic record of 1:53.61.
With her result, Schmitt earned her fourth Olympic medal and also dominated the event that she missed in Beijing 2008 (she finished ninth in the semifinal).
Caitlin Leverenz: Bronze in 200m Individual Medley
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This is Caitlin Leverenz' first Olympic Games; four years ago, she missed a spot on the team. Her debut has been a dream come true for the 21-year-old.
Leverenz, who swims for the California Golden Bears, claimed her first medal at the 200-meter individual medley. She took 2:08.95 to complete the test and finished third.
Women's Team Artistic Gymnastics: Gold
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It's been 16 years since the United States secured the first spot in the team competition.
In Atlanta, the Magnificent Seven (Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps and Kerri Strug) gave their country the first ever gold medal in this event.
Today, Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney stood atop the podium, leaving behind two of the most successful nations in gymnastics—Russia and Romania.
The squad had a total of 183.596 after leading in vault (48.132), balance beam (45.299) and floor (45.366); their worst result came in uneven bars (44.799).
Men's 4×200m Freestyle: Gold
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Ryan Lochte (1:45.15), Conor Dwyer (1:45.23), Ricky Berens (1:45.27) and Michael Phelps (1:44.05) grabbed the third consecutive gold medal in 4x200-meter freestyle relay for the United States.
It was a sweet revenge for the squad, as it defeated France—the team that two days ago grabbed the gold in 4x100-meter freestyle—with a time of 6:59.70, three seconds better than the Frenchmen.
With this victory, Phelps became the most successful athlete in the Olympics with 19 medals: 15 gold, two silver and two bronzes.