Olympics 2012: Recapping Latest Results from Day 4 Action

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2012

CHESTER, PA - MAY 27: Hope Solo #1 of the USA catches the ball during the game against China at PPL Park on May 27, 2012 in Chester, Pennsylvania. USA won 4-1. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Olympic Games carry on with another day jam-packed with action.

While we wait for the U.S. basketball squad to take the court and Michael Phelps to cement his Olympic legacy, there are plenty of other events to follow. 

Gymnastics, soccer, basketball and tennis represent some of the intense competition taking place Tuesday afternoon.


US Women's Soccer

In their quest to maintain their position as a soccer powerhouse, Team USA beat North Korea 1-0 in a Group G contest.

Abby Wambach scored the game's sole goal 24 minutes into the match on an assist from Alex Morgan. Wambach nearly added another score near the 40-minute mark, but the ball hit off the goalpost. 

Team USA grabbed the top seed in its group with the win.


Women's Gymnastics

Team USA gracefully jumped their way to a gold medal in the team competition. 


The United States pulled away from a Russia team that fell short on the floor. Teenagers Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber led the U.S. to a whopping 183.596 points, well ahead of Russia's 178.530 tally that earned them silver. Romania captured bronze over China with a score of 176.414. 

McKayla Maroney fought through a toe injury to dominate her signature event. The 16-year-old scored an outstanding 16.233 on the vault, while Douglas and Wieber added valuable marks just below 16.

While Wieber will not get the chance to own gold in the all-around individual, she is now part of a remarkable gold-medal team. Seems like something that NBC should have aired live.


Men's Basketball

Considered Team USA's biggest threat, Spain took another step forward with an 82-70 victory over Australia. 

Pau Gasol netted 20 points while his brother Marc scored 12. Rudy Fernandez—yet another NBA player on a talented Spain squad—added 17 points.

After a sluggish start, Spain embarked on a 24-5 run during the second half to seal the victory. Featuring an abundance of size with the Gasol brothers and Serge Ibaka, Spain could challenge Team USA for the gold.

In other action, Lithuania topped Nigeria 72-53, and Russia bested China in a 74-53 victory led by a 16-point effort from Andrei Kirilenko.



In a match pitting two of the world's premier tennis stars, Serbia's Novak Djokovic breezed past Andy Roddick, 6-2, 6-1. Roddick is Team USA's top athlete, but he still cannot get over the hump and challenge the sport's elite.

Great Britain's Andy Murray defeated Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in two sets, to the delight of his home nation.

On the women's side, Venus Williams beat Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada this morning. In addition to seeking individual glory, Williams will team up with her sister Serena in doubles competition. 

It's hard to watch tennis from a national perspective when the sport is so heavily influenced by its select few stars.