Olympics 2012: Nation Power Rankings, Day 9 Edition

Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystAugust 5, 2012

Olympics 2012: Nation Power Rankings, Day 9 Edition

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    We continue to track the daily successes of each Olympic nation, formulating a neatly-packaged power ranking of the day's top 10 countries. No day in London has been quite the same, so it's safe to say this list is far from stagnant. 

    An increasing amount of track and field finals have altered the Olympic landscape quite a bit, shaking things up in our ranking process. Here's a look at who enjoyed a heavy dose of national pride in the aftermath of Sunday's exciting action.

10. Ethiopia

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    In the least surprising news of these Summer Games, Ethiopia continues to display dominating performances in distance competition.

    It was Tiki Gelana's turn to play the role of national hero on this day. She won the women's marathon, finishing in 2 hours, 23 minutes and seven seconds despite wet course conditions.

    Gelana recovered from a fall midway through the 26.2-mile race.

    "When I fell, I said, 'Oh, wow, I'm not going to finish,'" Gelana told ESPN.com. "But I just concentrated on running. All of a sudden, I made it."

9. Japan

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    Japan excelled in swordplay, securing silver in men's fencing team foil action. Koji Murofushi finished third in the men's track and field hammer throw final. 

    Accomplished gymnast Kohei Uchimura earned a silver medal in Sunday's floor exercise final. Uchimura wrapped up an all-around gold on Wednesday.

    His legend in the sport continues to grow these Olympic Games.

8. Hungary

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    It was a rewarding day for Hungarian male athletes across the spectrum. 

    Krisztian Pars earned a gold medal in the hammer throw final, while wrestler Peter Modos won his bronze-medal match at 55 kg (121 pounds) over his Danish opponent. 

    Gymnast Krisztian Berki stole the spotlight from Brit Louis Smith on pommel horse, claiming the gold medal. 

    "I'm a big fan of Louis Smith's although he's much younger than me. I expected him to win, but today I was better," Berki told Reuters.

7. Kenya

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    Kenya continues to prove itself as an elite presence in global distance-running competition. The nation earned a medal of each variety on the track on Day 9.

    Ezekiel Kemboi took top honors in the men's steeplechase. Abel Kiprop Mutai followed behind in the race, winning bronze. 

    Priscah Jeptoo won silver in the women's marathon.

6. Denmark

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    Denmark entered Sunday with five total medals. It significantly increased its collection after picking up three more on the day.

    Cyclist Lasse Norman Hansen won gold in the track omnium. He recovered from an early crash to take top honors in the inaugural Olympic event.

    The badminton tandem of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen secured silver in men's doubles, while sailor Jonas Hogh-Christensen finished second in the men's finn competition. 

5. Russia

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    Although the Russians were surpassed by Great Britain for third place in overall medal standings, the nation was productive.

    It was a strong day for Russia's wrestling program. Led by Roman Vlasov's Greco-Roman gold in the 74 kg. weight class, the team also saw Mingiyan Semenov earn bronze at 55 kg. 

    Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova won bronze in women's tennis doubles, while Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova finished third in the women's marathon. 

    In the gymnastics circuit, Maria Paseka took bronze on women's vault and Denis Ablyazin also finished third in the men's floor exercise.

4. Jamaica

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    Jamaica's sprinting stars shined brightest. As usual, it was world-record holder Usain Bolt leading the way.

    Bolt defended his Olympic title in the 100-meter dash in Olympic-record time just ahead of teammate and silver medalist Yohan Blake. 

    Both countrymen will continue to do battle in the 200 meters on Thursday.

3. United States

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    Highlighted by the Williams' victory in the women's tennis doubles gold, Sunday was another strong day for American Olympians. Sprinter Sanya Richard-Ross lived up to the hype and stormed past the competition on her way to gold in the 400-meter track final.

    Teammate DeeDee Trotter followed behind in third place. Justin Gatlin placed third in the men's 100, behind Jamaica's stars. 

    In cycling, the U.S. earned silver in women's team pursuit. Gymnast McKayla Maroney suffered a fall in the vault final, but still secured silver. 

    Also on the tennis court, the mixed doubles team of Lisa Raymond and Mike Bryan won a bronze medal. 

    In another positive development, both U.S. women's beach volleyball tandems remain in the mix for medals and the indoor volleyball team finished pool play unbeaten

2. China

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    China collected five gold medals in their impressive Sunday showing. 

    Two of them came in badminton, where Lin Dan scored a victory over rival Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia to win men's singles competition (Chinese teammate Long Chen took bronze). The tandem of Yun Cai and Haifeng Fu won gold in men's doubles.

    In aquatics, Chinese divers finished first and second in the three-meter springboard final. Zhou Lulu won gold in women's weightlifting, while Zhiwei Wang earned bronze in men's 50-meter pistol shooting. 

    Male gymnast Zou Kai impressed in floor exercise finals, taking first. It's his fifth career gold medal.

1. Great Britain

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    The Olympic hosts enjoyed a huge day, leading all nations with 10 medals earned. After a somewhat slow start to these Summer Games, Great Britain is gaining steam.

    The men's and women's cycling squads added to the program's growing medal collection, as both earned gold in team pursuit. Edward Clancy secured an individual cycling medal in the men's omnium. 

    Christine Ohuruogu won silver in the women's 400-meter run. Although gymnastics favorite Louis Smith failed to win gold on the pommel horse, he took silver and GB teammate Max Whitlock won bronze.

    On the water, Ben Ainslie won gold in sailing (men's finn) and GB took silver in men's star. 

    The mixed doubles tennis tandem of Andy Murray and Laura Robson grabbed a silver medal. Of course, the story of the day must be Murray's domination of Roger Federer for the men's singles gold.

    Finally, Murray was able to hear his home crowd roar as he won at the All England Club.

    "It has been the best week of my tennis career by a mile," said Murray, as quoted by the AP. "I've had a lot of tough losses. This is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final. I'll never forget it."