Day 13 brought with it one of the most exciting days of the 2012 London Olympic Games, and many countries stepped up in some big-time events to gain glory for their nation.
Sprinters took the stage Thursday in London in an epic men's 200-meter dash final, where the world's fastest man—Jamaican star Usain Bolt—eyed Olympic history.
The U.S. women's soccer team had their chance at avenging their surprising 2011 World Cup final loss to Japan in the gold medal match between two international giants in the sport. Did Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan assume their glory in the historic Wembley Stadium, or did Japan prove their World Cup victory was no fluke?
Many more enticing headlines took the stage on Day 13. Take a look below at the big winners on Thursday as well as the updated medal count for the London Games.
It was no surprise that speedster Usain Bolt ran away with the 200m dash, posting a stellar time of 19.32 seconds, but it was nothing short of heroic what his teammates behind him were able to do.
Right on Bolt's heels, compatriot Yohan Blake claimed silver with a time of 19.44 seconds. It was the fastest second-place finish ever in the event and one that further proves Jamaica's dominance in the sport.
Just for good measure, Warren Weir grabbed the bronze medal, just edging out American sprinter Wallace Spearmon. He was nearly a half-second behind his fellow countrymen Bolt and Blake.
Jamaica's sweep of the 200-meter dash made them the first country not named the United States of America to grab all three medals in the event.
As Bolt staked his claim to be considered one of the best athletes of all time, his teammates weren't far behind him. It was a giant day in Jamaica's Olympic history.
United States of America
It takes a lot for America to stand out from their normal presence at the Olympics, but they did just that on Day 13.
In a chance to redeem their improbable loss to Japan in the 2011 World Cup final, the women's soccer team topped the Japanese, 2-1. Surprisingly enough, it wasn't Abby Wambach or Alex Morgan that notched the winner, as Carli Lloyd scored twice for the Americans to win gold at Wembley Stadium.
They weren't the only ladies to get redemption on Thursday. The American women's water polo team waxed Spain in the gold medal match, 8-5, to win their first ever gold after medaling in each of the last three Olympic Games. 19-year-old Maggie Steffens nabbed five goals on five shots for the USA.
The Americans also dominated the decathlon. Gold medal favorite Ashton Eaton topped the event, and his teammate, Trey Hardee, took silver as the U.S. notched even more medals on a big Day 13.
After being neck-and-neck with China at the top of the medal count throughout the Olympics, the U.S. is finally pulling ahead, as they finish Day 13 with 90 medals to China's 80.
It took some time for the host country to soar up the medal leaderboards. But they made a big splash Thursday, even if it wasn't in the most popular events.
Great Britain has dominated the equestrian competition at the Olympics, and Thursday was no different. Charlotte Dujardin took home gold in the individual dressage with a score of 90.089.
19-year-old Jade Jones won Britain's first gold in taekwondo as she took down China's Yuzhuo Hou in the 57kg event.
The Brits also claimed gold in women's flyweight boxing, as Nicola Adams won an improbable bout over world champion Ren Cancan of China. Great Britain's 24 gold medals are third behind the U.S. and China.
2012 Olympic Medal Count After Day 13
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