Olympic Updates 2012: Most Surprising Results from Day 9

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IAugust 5, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during the Men's Singles Tennis Gold Medal Match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Each day at the 2012 London Olympic Games has had its defining moments, and Day 9 was loaded with them.

Whether it was on the mats, on the hardwood or at Wimbledon, there were certainly results that had fans of all countries turning heads at these Olympics.

It was these shocking moments that made Day 9 all the more special, and they were all equally telling.

These are undoubtedly the three most surprising results from Day 9 at the Olympics.


McKayla Maroney's Fall Lands Her Silver

United States star McKayla Maroney took the competition by storm in the women's vault final with her first run, but a failure to stick a landing in the second run cost her the gold medal.

Maroney's stumble at the end cost took her score of 15.866 down to 15.083 after her poor second score of 14.300 took down her average dramatically.

There is no question that she displayed the most talent and was the favorite heading into the event. However, in the end, Sandra Izbasa's solid couple of runs gave her a cumulative score of 15.191 and that was just enough to top Maroney.

The 2011 world vault champion is just 16 years old and has lots of time to win more medals. Yet it was Izbasa that outright stole the spotlight in this one.


Andy Murray Upsets Roger Federer For Gold

The No. 1 player in the world faced off against the same player he defeated nearly one month ago on the exact same court at Wimbledon.

Yet it was Andy Murray, not Roger Federer, who got the final say in this one and claimed the Olympic gold medal.

Murray took the match in straight sets, winning 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in a match where Federer never stood a chance. With the exception of a tough couple of games in the first set, it was clear Murray was going to run away with a gold medal.

He is now the first male Brit to win gold since Josiah Ritchie earned the honor in 1908.


France's Women's Basketball Squad Now 5-0

First it was an upset win over Australia, and most recently a convincing victory over Russia.

Both are teams most would consider the top threats to take down Team USA, yet it is the French who have made the biggest statement at these 2012 London Games. Not to mention each team won a medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.

The 2009 European champions have made the Olympics just twice ever and are putting forth remarkable efforts at these Games. The undefeated (5-0) France side is proving little by little that they have a chance at topping the Americans in a potential gold-medal final matchup.

With the win France will now finish atop their group.