Olympic Swimming Results 2012: Day 5 Recap, Top Times and Medal Standings
Five days of Olympic swimming competition are in the books, and the story remains mostly the same. Team USA is dominating, with China and Australia giving chase.
The American side had another successful day on Thursday, and a few more records were set. It was an exciting day of action in the pool, and there's still plenty to come over the next few days.
Let's take a look at Day 5's swimming action:
Men's 200-Meter Breaststroke
|Gold||Daniel Gyurta||Hungary||2:07.28 (WR)|
|Silver||Michael Jamieson||Great Britain||+0.15|
Gyurta's performance in this event was epic, and Jamieson wasn't too far behind him. Both of their flawless runs made this an event worth watching.
Tateishi's bronze adds to Japan's overall swimming medals. He had to battle fellow countryman Kosuke Kitajima for that third spot, but he eked it out in the end.
Team USA's representatives, Scott Weltz and Clark Burckle, finished fifth and sixth in this event. They couldn't add to the American lead at the top of the overall swim standings, but neither performed terribly.
This final was exciting and a great way to start the day.
Women's 200-Meter Butterfly
|Gold||Jiao Liuyang||China||2:04.06 (OR)|
|Silver||Mireia Belmonte Garcia||Spain||+1.19|
Liuyang progressed gradually over the course of the race to win China another gold medal in the pool. Her performance also earned her an Olympic record.
Belmonte Garcia hung around first place for the entire race, but she couldn't pull it out in the end. She fell back on the race's final length and held on for silver.
Kathleen Hersey and Camille Adams couldn't get the job done for Team USA. They finished fourth and fifth, but neither competitor threatened the lead at any point.
Men's 100-Meter Freestyle
Adrian used a phenomenal second length to run down "The Missile" in this highly anticipated event. Adrian's gold medal added to Team USA's total and provided a minor upset for swim fans.
Magnussen entered this race as a semi-heavy gold-medal favorite. After all, his nickname is "The Missile" for a reason.
This race was incredibly close. Even Hayden was in striking distance for the vast majority of it. All but two competitors finished within a half-second of each other.
This was the biggest "wow" race of the day. Magnussen couldn't quite hang on, and watching Adrian catch him was amazing.
Women's 4x200-Meter Freestyle Relay
Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt captured another gold medal for Team USA in the final swimming event of the day. They were in the top three for the entire race, but Schmitt's anchor run sealed the victory.
Australia put up a valiant fight, and France was a distant third. This outcome was expected because of the individual talent in Team USA's lineup.
This wasn't a particularly close race, but it was exciting nonetheless to see this much talent in one pool.
Swimming Medal Standings (courtesy of NBCOlympics.com)
The United States is still dominating the competition, picking up two more gold medals on Thursday.
China and Australia each picked up another medal, but their swimmers don't have enough to catch Team USA's stacked lineup.
Day 6 will provide more excitement as more medals are doled out. Don't expect these standings to change much, at least at the top.
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