Olympics 2012 Results: Biggest Surprises from Day 5
A busy fifth day at the 2012 London Olympics provided plenty of intrigue, but which performances left our jaws on the floor?
We'll answer that question in the slides ahead, giving you an up-close look at the athletes and countries that gave us generous jolts of Olympic magic/heartbreak on this Wednesday.
As always, be sure to let us know what we missed in the comments below.
And look for a new installment of this list tomorrow because, well, the Olympics tend to surprise us—a lot.
Egypt Blows Past Belarus in Men's Soccer
With its country still reeling from a February soccer riot that killed almost 80, the Egyptian men's soccer team came to London as a sentimental favorite.
But perhaps they've been undersold.
The Egyptians impressed in a 3-2 opening loss to pre-tournament favorite Brazil and have only gotten better since, drawing with New Zealand Sunday and trouncing Belarus, 3-1, today to punch their quarterfinal ticket.
Winger Mohamed Salah led the way with his third goal of the Olympic tournament, spearheading a three-goal second half blitz that has the Pharaohs—as they're called back home—in their first Olympic knockout round since 1984.
With a relatively unheralded Japanese side awaiting them in the round of eight, the Egyptians can suddenly see their way to a semifinal showdown.
And from there, who knows?
Archery Medal Favorite Brady Ellison Bows out Early
Even with a team silver already in his back pocket, headline American archer Brady Ellison has to be smarting today.
The 23-year-old hotshot, who came to London ranked No. 1 in the world, lost to Australian Taylor Worth in a round-of-16 match.
And it wasn't even close.
The 7-1 defeat was a shocking setback for the man some were already feting as the greatest American archer of all time.
He may yet fulfill that hype, but it won't happen in London.
North Korea Stays Golden in Weightlifting
North Korea's dream run through the Olympic weightlifting competition continued on Wednesday with the nation's third gold medal.
The latest came courtesy of Rim Jong Sim, a bronze medalist at the 2011 Junior World Championships who out-lifted her counterparts in the women's 69-kg class.
North Korea had just one gold medal in the discipline before its London breakthrough.
Another Third-Set Thriller at Wimbledon
Less than 24 hours after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic treated us to the longest third set in Olympic history, tennis fans witnessed yet another marathon moment at Wimbledon.
Unseeded Brazilian duo Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo downed Czech opponents, and overall fifth seed, Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek in a second-round men's doubles match that lasted four hours, 21 minutes and spanned two days.
The final score: 1-6, 6-4, 24-22.
According to the AP, the match set an Olympic record for most games played in a doubles match.
Danell Leyva Surges Back for Bronze
In a performance reminiscent of Paul Hamm's miracle gold medal at the 2004 Games, American Danell Leyva bounced back from what looked like an early knockout blow to earn bronze in the men's individual all-around.
And like Hamm, Leyva staged his comeback in the final two rotations with breathtaking routines on parallel bars and high bar.
Just how good was he?
The Cuban-born gymnast had the evening's best scores on both apparatuses, recovering from a sloppy dismount on pommel horse and, in the big picture, saving face for a U.S. men's gymnastics team that flopped in Monday's team all-around.
The medal is just America's third ever in this event, and represents Leyva's best showing at a major international competition.
Federer Ousted in Doubles
The Olympic men's doubles tournament will have a new champion.
Despite winning the first set, 6-1, Beijing gold medalists Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) lost their second-round matchup against Israeli duo Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.
Both Israeli players are over 30 and neither has ever eclipsed the world's Top 100 in singles.
By contrast, Wawrinka has been a Top 30 mainstay for the last five years, and Federer has spent more weeks at No. 1 than any male tennis player ever.
And yes, we know it's doubles, but isn't it always a little weird to see Roger Federer lose?
We should note that Federer remains alive in the singles bracket. Earlier today, he cruised past Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin to reach the quarterfinals.
Federer, the current world No. 1 and reigning Wimbledon champion, has never reached a singles finals at the Olympics.
Kitajima Goes Medal-Less
Legendary Japanese breaststroker Kosuke Kitajima arrived in London with two chances to make history.
With victories in the 100- or 200-meter breaststroke, he could—depending on Michael Phelps' fate—become the first man ever to win three consecutive Olympic titles in a swimming event.
He leaves London having done neither, and he might not win a medal at all.
Kitajima followed up a fifth-place finish in Sunday's 100 breast with a fourth-place finish in today's 200.
For a swimmer widely celebrated as the one of the best big-meet performers ever, the results are a crushing blow.
Kitajima may swim later this week in the men's 4x100 medley relay, where his Japanese team will have an outside chance at the podium.
Boris Johnson, Still Crazy
Meet London Mayor Boris Johnson, a mop-topped eccentric who has become the public face of these Games.
Boris Johnson isn't your typical public official.
He's frank. He's boisterous. And when Team Great Britain won its first Olympic gold, how did he celebrate?
By zip-lining through East London.
Only one problem; Boris Johnson got stuck.
Left to dangle 20 meters above a tickled crowd of onlookers, Johnson clowned with the assembled for five minutes before being rescued by workers on the ground.
Check out the video here. Trust me, it's worth the click.
Spanish Silver in the Pool
Mireia Belmonte Garcia is far and away Spain's best swimmer.
And while title usually doesn't mean much—the country has won just four medals in the discipline—Belmonte made it stick today.
The Barcelona-born 21-year-old finished second in the women's 200-meter butterfly, ahead of more heralded competitors like American Kathleen Hersey and Japan's Natsumi Hoshi.
With silver, Belmonte becomes the first Spaniard to win a swimming medal since 2000 and the first to finish better than third place since 1992.
With his potent blend of hubris and talent, Australian sprinter James "The Missile" Magnussen was so supposed to set London on fire.
The 21-year-old entered these Games with the world's best time in the 100-meter freestyle, three medals from 2011 Worlds and a healthy penchant for smack-talk.
Problem is, he hasn't backed it up.
On Sunday, Magnussen swam a weak leadoff leg during Australia's disappointing fourth-place finish in the men's 4x100-freestyle relay.
Today, he took silver in his signature race, the men's 100-meter freestyle, losing out to American rival Nathan Adrian by 0.01 seconds.
Australia was expecting a good bit more from the man once pegged as its next great swimming star.
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