Olympic Medal Count 2012: Updated Tracker, Standings and List of Winners
With the London 2012 Summer Olympics underway, the excitement around the games is through the roof.
Fans from across the world want to know where their native favorites will finish in the standings and who gets to walk away with the coveted Olympic medals.
With so much action so early in the day, it may be hard for the casual fans to keep up with all the winners.
That’s why we have formulated the ultimate Olympic medal tracker and will give the fans every medal winner in every event of the 2012 games.
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2012 Summer Olympics Medal Count
With the 2012 Summer Olympics from London underway, we will update this slideshow to show you the medal winners in each and every event. Stay tuned here for all your Olympic needs!
London Olympics Medal Count
|Olympic Medal Tracker|
|United States Total: 104||46||29||29|
|China Total: 87||38||27||22|
|Russia Total: 82||24||25||33|
|Great Britain Total: 65||29||17||19|
|Germany Total: 44||11||19||14|
|Japan Total: 38||7||14||17|
|Australia Total: 35||7||16||12|
|France Total: 34||11||11||12|
|South Korea Total: 28||13||8||7|
|Italy Total: 28||8||9||11|
|Netherlands Total: 20||6||8||8|
|Ukraine Total: 20||6||5||9|
|Canada Total: 18||1||5||12|
|Hungary Total: 17||8||4||5|
|Spain Total: 17||3||10||4|
|Brazil Total: 17||3||5||9|
|Cuba Total: 14||5||3||6|
|Kazakhstan Total: 13||7||1||5|
|New Zealand Total: 13||5||3||5|
|Belarus Total: 13||3||5||5|
|Iran Total: 12||4||5||3|
|Jamaica Total: 12||4||4||4|
|Kenya Total: 11||2||4||5|
|Czech Republic Total: 10||4||3||3|
|Poland Total: 10||2||2||6|
|Azerbaijan Total: 10||2||2||6|
|Romania Total: 9||2||5||2|
|Denmark Total: 9||2||4||3|
|Sweden Total: 8||1||4||3|
|Colombia Total: 8||1||3||4|
|Ethiopia Total: 7||3||1||3|
|Georgia Total: 7||1||3||3|
|Mexico Total: 7||1||3||3|
|North Korea Total: 6||4||0||2|
|South Africa Total: 6||3||2||1|
|Croatia Total: 6||3||1||2|
|India Total: 6||0||2||4|
|Turkey Total: 5||2||2||1|
|Lithuania Total: 5||2||1||2|
|Ireland Total: 5||1||1||3|
|Mongolia Total: 5||0||2||3|
|Switzerland Total: 4||2||2||0|
|Norway Total: 4||2||1||1|
|Slovenia Total: 4||1||1||2|
|Serbia Total: 4||1||1||2|
|Argentina Total: 4||1||1||2|
|Trinidad and Tobago Total: 4||1||0||3|
|Uzbekistan Total: 4||1||0||3|
|Slovakia Total: 4||0||1||3|
|Tunisia Total: 3||1||1||1|
|Thailand Total: 3||0||2||1|
|Armenia Total: 3||0||1||2|
|Belgium Total: 3||0||1||2|
|Finland Total: 3||0||1||2|
|Dominican Republic Total: 2||1||1||0|
|Latvia Total: 2||1||0||1|
|Egypt Total: 2||0||2||0|
|Chinese Taipei Total: 2||0||1||1|
|Estonia Total: 2||0||1||1|
|Malaysia Total: 2||0||1||1|
|Bulgaria Total: 2||0||1||1|
|Puerto Rico Total: 2||0||0||1|
|Indonesia Total: 2||0||1||1|
|Moldova Total: 2||0||0||2|
|Qatar Total: 2||0||0||2|
|Singapore Total: 2||0||0||2|
|Greece Total: 2||0||0||2|
|Algeria Total: 1||1||0||0|
|Bahamas Total: 1||1||0||0|
|Uganda Total: 1||1||0||0|
|Venezuela Total: 1||1||0||0|
|Grenada Total: 1||1||0||0|
|Portugal Total: 1||0||1||0|
|Montenegro Total: 1||0||1||0|
|Botswana Total: 1||0||1||0|
|Cyprus Total: 1||0||1||0|
|Guatemala Total: 1||0||1||0|
|Gabon Total: 1||0||1||0|
|Morocco Total: 1||0||0||1|
|Saudi Arabia Total: 1||0||0||1|
|Kuwait Total: 1||0||0||1|
|Bahrain Total: 1||0||0||1|
|Afghanistan Total: 1||0||0||1|
|Tajikistan Total: 1||0||0||1|
|Hong Kong Total: 1||0||0||1|
Women's Modern Pentathlon Final
Gold: Laura Asadauskaite, Lithuania
Silver: Samantha Murray, Great Britain
Bronze: Yane Marques, Brazil
Notable USA Competitor: Margaux Isaksen
Margaux Isaksen was oh so close to getting Team USA yet another medal at these Olympic games, but came short against three grand competitors at these Games.
The loss in the combined modern pentathlon was won by Laura Asadauskaite, who earned her home country of Lithuania. She cruised to a gold medal at this event, earning herself a score of 5408.
She was on her game on the final day of the Olympics and certainly deserved the first-place finish. Isaksen finished short with a score of 5332.
As most fans expected, Team USA and their NBA stars won the gold medal over Spain in what was a much closer game than many thought. No matter what the final score was, Team USA goes back-to-back gold in men’s basketball.
Russia beat Argentina in an amazing bronze-medal game that made Sunday arguably the best day of the Olympics.
Cycling: Men's Mountain Bike
Gold: Jaroslav Kulhavy, Czech Republic
Silver: Nino Schurter, Switzerland
Bronze: Marco Aurelio Fontana, Italy
Defending world champion Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic came into the Summer Games as the favorite to win gold, and he didn’t fail his nation.
With a time of 1:29:07, Kulhavy beat out Switzerland’s Nino Schurter (silver) and won the gold medal. Marco Aurelio Fontana of Italy took home the bronze.
Men’s Water Polo
While the men’s water polo competition is not the biggest hit of the Olympics, the competition has made even the most jaded fans loving this sport. With two amazing games on Sunday, the sport left on the right note.
Croatia beat Italy in an amazing final 8-6 to win the gold, while the bronze-medal match between Serbia and Montenegro in which Serbia took the bronze 12-11.
While the Brazilians were slated to win the gold medal in the men’s volleyball event at the 2012 Olympics, it was the Russians that shocked the world and stole the show. Brazil snagged the silver, but it will not be considered the ultimate success.
Italy beat Bulgaria to secure the bronze medal.
While it only comes around once every four years, this Olympiad’s handball tournament reminded many fans why the sport was so fun to watch. With a one-point win in the final from France over Sweden, the ending was a fitting finish to the great tourney.
Croatia beat Hungary for third, but the story has to be the amazing final.
Boxing: Men's Welterweight (69 Kg/152 Lbs)
Gold: Serik Sapiyev, Kazakhstan
Silver: Fred Evans, Great Britain
Bronze: Andrey Zamkovoy, Russia & Taras Shelestyuk, Ukraine
After a hard-fought semifinal that saw hometown favorite Fred Evans beat the heavily favored Taras Shelestyuk, Evans was forced to settle for silver at the hands of Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan.
Andrey Zamkovoy of Russia and Taras Shelestyuk of Ukraine were forced to settle for bronze.
Wrestling: Men's Freestyle 96 Kg/211.5 Lbs
Gold: Jake Varner, USA
Silver: Valerii Andriitsev, Ukraine
Bronze: George Gogshelidze, Georgia & Khetag Gazyumov, Azerbaijan
Team USA’s wrestling history is a long one, and American Jake Varner continues the storied tradition by stealing the show and winning the gold medal in the men’s freestyle 96 kg/211.5 lbs event.
The Ukraine’s Valerii Andriitsev took the silver, while George Gogshelidze of Georgia and Khetag Gazyumov of Azerbaijan both took bronze.
I wonder how long until Varner ends up in the WWE!
Rhythmic Gymnastics: Group Competition
While this was expected to be one of the closest events of the Olympics, the rhythmic gymnastics group competition was won easily by the Russian team with an unbelievable score of 57.000.
While Russia took home gold, Belarus snagged the silver with a score of 55.500 and Italy took third place with a score of 55.450.
Boxing: Men's Lightweight (60 Kg/132 Lbs)
Gold: Vasyl Lomachenko, Ukraine
Silver: Han Soonchul, South Korea
Bronze: Yasniel Toledo Lopez, Cuba & Evaldas Petrauskas, Lithuania
The No. 1 boxer coming into the 2012 Olympic Games was the Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko, and he did not disappoint, demolishing his opponents on his way to a gold-medal win. South Korea’s Han Soonchul had a great silver-medal showing, but Lomachenko was just too much.
Yasniel Toledo Lopez of Cuba and Evaldas Petrauskas of Lithuania each grabbed a bronze medal.
Wrestling: Men's Freestyle 66kg/145.5 Lbs
Gold: Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu, Japan
Silver: Sushil Kumar, India
Bronze: Akzhurek Tanatarov, Kazakastan & Livan Lopez Azcuy, Cuba
In an amazing final, Japan’s Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu took home the gold medal in the men’s freestyle wrestling 66 kg/145.5 lbs event with a great showing in the entire tournament, but especially the final.
Sushil Kumar of India took home silver, while Akzhurek Tanatarov of Kazakastan and Livan Lopez Azcuy of Cuba took the bronze.
Boxing: Men's Light Heavyweight (81 Kg/178 Lbs)
Gold: Egor Mekhontcev, Russia
Silver: Adilbek Niyazymbetov, Kazakhstan
Bronze: Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino, Brazil & Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Ukraine
In one of the most competitive divisions in all of boxing, Russian star Egor Mekhontcev stole the light heavyweight show by beating Kazakhstan’s Adilbek Niyazymbetov for the gold medal.
Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino of Brazil and Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine both grabbed bronze medals.
Gold: Stephen Kiprotich, Uganda
Silver: Abel Kirui, Kenya
Bronze: Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, Kenya
With the track and field competition coming to a close with the conclusion of the men’s marathon, it was Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich that took a gamble with a few miles left in the race and ran away with a definitive win and a gold medal.
The Kenyans were favored to win, but Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich did their country proud by taking the silver and bronze medals respectively.
American star Meb Keflezighi finished in fourth.
Boxing: Men's Super Heavyweight (+91 Kg/+201 Lbs)
Gold: Anthony Joshua, Great Britain
Silver: Roberto Cammarelle, Italy
Bronze: Ivan Dychko, Kazakhstan & Magomedrasul Medzhidov, Azerbaijan
After winning the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, Roberto Cammarelle of Italy was forced to settle for second as hometown hero Anthony Joshua stole the show and the final fight to capture a gold medal in front of friends and family.
Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan and Magomedrasul Medzhidov of Azerbaijan took home the bronze medals.
Men's 4x100-Meter Relay
Bronze Trinidad and Tobago
With all of the marquee track events out of the way, Jamaica went and made history once again.
After setting the world record in the 4x100 at the 2011 World Championships, the Jamaican team topped themselves for the gold medal at the Games. The team ran a blazing fast 36.84 second time, shattering their previous best of 37.04.
USA put up a valiant effort, matching the previous world record of 37.04 but it wasn't enough as the Jamaican team was destined to take home gold.
Women's 4x400-Meter Relay
USA successfully notched another gold medal in track and field as the Women's 4x400 team executed a great run to take first place in the relay event. Sanya Richards-Ross and Co. set their season best time with their run of 3:16.87 and breezed past the competition, winning by a total of four seconds.
The battle for silver was hard-fought as Russia edged out Jamaica by .72 seconds for second place.
Gold: Mariya Savinova, Russia
Silver: Caster Semenya, South Africa
Bronze: Ekaterina Poistogova, Russia
In a dominating performance, Mariya Savinova of Russia took the gold medal in the Women's 800-meter. Savinova bested the silver medalist by a full second in the race, finishing with a time of 1:56.19.
Russia claimed a second a medal in the event with Ekaterina Poistogova just barely coming behind silver medalist Caster Semenya of South Africa for a razor sharp finish for the silver medal.
Gold: Mo Farah, Great Britain
Silver: Dejen Gebremeskel, Ethiopia
Bronze: Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa
One of the Olympics' marquee distance races saw a finish that came down to the wire.
Mo Farah netted a gold medal for host country Great Britain in the race but had to battle to out run a very game Dejen Gebremeskel from Ethiopa to the finish line. The two were seperated by a mere .32 seconds in a highly exciting finish.
Men's Javelin Throw
Gold: Keshorn Walcott, Trinidad and Tobago
Silver: Oleksandr Pyatntsya, Ukraine
Bronze: Antti Ruuskanen, Finland
The Javelin throw gave fans a very competitive final that saw a mere .07 meters separate the gold medal winner from the silver medal winner.
Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago set a national record mark of 84.58 meters. That throw would be just enough to earn the gold medal victory as Oleksandr Pyatnytsya of Ukraine recorded an impressive 84.51 mark.
Antti Ruuskanen of Finland recorded the bronze mark with a throw of 84.12 meters.
Women's High Jump
Gold: Anna Chicherova, Russia
Silver: Brigetta Barrett, USA
Bronze: Svetlana Shkolina, Russia
Russia's Anna Chicherova took home the gold medal in the Women's high jump after dominating the competition throughout prelims and the final. Chicherova's height of 2.05 meters clinched the medal as Brigetta Barrett set a personal best of 2.03 meters for the silver medal.
Giving Russia it's second medal in the event was Svetlana Shkolina. Schkolina also jumped a personal best 2.03 on her way to claiming the medal.
Great Olympic volleyball action was capped with an Olympic-sized upset in the gold medal game as the favored U.S. team were beaten be Brazil 3-1. The U.S. had shut out every opponent before the gold medal game but found itself on the losing end as Brazil played hard for the win.
Japan captured the Bronze medal by defeating Korea 3-0 in the third place matchup.
Men's Modern Pentathalon
Gold: David Svoboda, Czech Republic
Silver: Zhongrong Cao, China
Bronze: Adam Marosi, Hungary
The modern pentathlon is an interesting event that sees competitor's compete in four different disciplines to earn the overall medal. The disciplines include running riding and shooting and requires athletes to be both versatile and cerebral.
The Czech Republic's David Svoboda claimed the gold medal in the Men's competition with China's Zhongrong Cao finishing just behind him. Hungary's Adam Marosi netted the Bronze for his country.
Women's 20-Km Race Walking
Gold: Elena Lashmanova, Russia
Silver: Olga Kaniskina, Russia
Bronze: Shenjie Qieyang, China
Race walking may not be the most heralded Olympic event, but the Women's 20-Km race brought fans a dramatic finish and a piece of Olympic history as Russian race walker Elena Lashmanova set a new world record in the event to take the gold medal.
Lashmanova came in first with a time of 1:25:02 but her fellow Russian Olga Kaniskina was not far behind her pace with a time of 1:25:09.
China's Shenjie Qieyang netted the bronze medal.
Bronze: South Korea
While South Korean men’s soccer win over Japan was one of the best bronze medal games you could ask for, the gold-medal matchup between Mexico and Brazil stole the show. For the Brazilians, it wasn’t a good thing.
Mexico was the shock of the entire Olympic tournament, upsetting the heavily favored Brazilian team in front of the British fans. It was a wild game that saw the Mexicans going at 100 percent all game.
This is a well deserved gold medal.
Women's Sailing Elliott 6-Meter
After a grueling battle that featured some of the most intense sailing of the entire 2012 Olympics, it was the Spanish team that overcame the odds and beat the favored Australians. While a silver medal is great, the Aussies were in London for gold.
Finland finished in third place.
Women's Mountain Bike
Gold: Julie Bresset, France
Silver: Sabine Spitz, Germany
Bronze: Georgia Gould, USA
In one of the most unique events of the 2012 Olympics, France’s Julie Bresset won the gold medal in the women’s mountain bike event with a time of 1:30:52.
Germany’s Sabine Spitz won the silver with a time of 1:31:54, while Team USA’s Georgia Gould finished third with a 1:32:00. This was a great race.
Rhythmic Gymnastics Individual All-Around
Gold: Yevgenia Kanayeva, Russia
Silver: Daria Dmitrieva, Russia
Bronze: Lyubov Cherkashina, Belarus
With artistic gymnastics over, the Olympic world shifted their eyes to the realm of rhythmic gymnastics where Russian representatives took gold and silver in the individual all-around event.
Yevgenia Kanayeva separated herself from the pack with an astounding score of 116.90 to take home the gold while fellow Russian Daria Dmitrieva took home silver with an impressive 114.50.
Belarus earned a medal with Lyubov Cherkashina taking the Bronze in the all-around with a score of 111.70.
Men's 50-Km Race Walking
Gold: Sergey Kirdyapkin, Russia
Silver: Jared Tallent, Australia
Bronze: Si Tianfeng, China
In one of the best events to actually watch, the men’s 50 km race-walking event fills fans with so much emotion; from happiness about how they move to despair when they struggle. Don’t judge it until you watch it!
With an Olympic record of 3:35:59, Russian veteran Sergey Kirdyapkin stole the show Saturday over Australian Jared Tallent (3:36:53) who won silver and China’s Si Tianfeng (3:37:16) who won bronze.
Men's K-2 200-Meter
Gold: Yury Postrigay & Alexander Dyachenko, Russia
Silver: Raman Piatrushenka & Vadzim Makhneu, Belarus
Bronze: Liam Heath & Jon Schofield, Great Britain
With the Olympics drawing to a close soon, the excitement over the kayak racing has reached epic levels for the biggest medal races. One of the biggest events is the men’s K-2 200-meter race.
After an impressive 33.507 second run, Russia’s Yury Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko won the gold medal. Raman Piatrushenka and Vadzim Makhneu of Belarus took silver, while Great Britain’s Liam Heath and Jon Schofield took home the bronze.
Women's K-1 200-Meter
Gold: Lisa Carrington, New Zealand
Silver: Inna Osypenko-Radomska, Ukraine
Bronze: Natasa Douchev-Janics, Hungary
In another amazing event on the water, Lisa Carrington of New Zealand won the gold medal in the women’s K-1 200-meter event with a time of 44.638 seconds.
The battle for second was amazing, with Ukraine’s Inna Osypenko-Radomska (45.053) beating out Hungary’s Natasa Douchev-Janics (45.128) for the silver.
Men's K-1 200-Meter
Gold: Ed Mckeever, Great Britain
Silver: Saul Craviotto Rivero, Spain
Bronze: Mark de Jonge, Canada
With the final days of Olympic Games upon us, some of the most intriguing events of the London event have yet to conclude. One of the best events that completed Saturday was the men’s K-1 200-meter.
Great Britain’s Ed Mckeever stole the show for the home crowd and won a gold medal, while Spain’s Saul Craviotto Rivero took the silver and Mark de Jonge of Canada snagged the bronze.
Men's C-1 200-Meter
Gold: Yuri Cheban, Ukraine
Silver: Jevgenij Shuklin, Lithuania
Bronze: Ivan Shtyl', Russia
As great as the kayaking has been all Olympics, the men’s C-1 200-meter canoe event was one of the best of any of the water racing sports. As great as everyone was in this event, Yuri Cheban of Ukraine won the gold and stole the show.
Jevgenij Shuklin of Lithuania came in second place and Ivan Shtyl' of Russia snagged the bronze.
Wrestling: Men's Freestyle 74kg / 163 Lbs
Gold: Jordan Burroughs, USA
Silver: Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi, Islamic Republic of Iran
Bronze: Soslan Tigiev, Uzbekistan
The Hodge Trophy winner in 2011 was on top of his game at the London Olympics and took the gold medal with ease over Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi and Soslan Tigiev on this epic day of wrestling at the Games.
Turns out his Twitter profile, @alliseeisgold, lived up to the hype.
Thanks everyone for the goodlucks tomorrow. Dreaming of Gold tonight. My next tweet will be a picture of me holding that Gold medal!!!— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) August 9, 2012
Both the Iranian and Uzbekistan talents had themselves quite the run at the Olympics, but it was clear Burroughs was destined for gold at the Games. His performances leading up to the event were as solid as any in the field, and that turned out to be the difference maker in the end.
Wrestling: Men's Freestyle 55kg / 121 Lbs.
Gold: Dzhamal Otarsultanov, Russia
Silver: Vladimer Khinchegashvili, Georgia
Bronze: Kyong II Yang, North Korea
The CSKA beast in Russia came out and set the tempo from the get-go, and it resulted in a gold medal for Team Russia.
He had solid wins throughout the tournament including a victory over third-place finisher Kyong II Yang.
Khinchegaashvili was especially sound as well throughout the tournament, but could not keep pace with Otarsultanov in the final. It was an easy 3-1 victory for Russia's beast, and from the opening seconds there was no question this was the talent coming away with gold.
Cycling: Men's BMX Final
Gold: Maris Stombergs, Latvia
Silver: Sam Willoughby, Australia
Bronze: Carlos Mario Oquendo Zabala, Colombia
It was remarkable to see Maris Strombergs take the top prize at London, as he was undoubtedly an underdog story.
He was ranked just 11th in the men's seedings, and suddenly propelled to a second-place run in the quarterfinals. After a third-place run in the semis, the Latvian talent was still going unnoticed.
And yet still, with a finishing mark of 37.576, he came out on top.
Favorite Sam Willoughby finished second in the final after his first-place semis finish. Carlos Mario Oquendo Zabala also had himself a promising Olympics with a bronze-medal worthy showing.
Cylcing: Women's BMX Final
Gold: Mariana Pajon, Colombia
Silver: Sarah Walker, New Zealand
Bronze: Laura Smulders, Netherlands
Mariana Pajon was one of two medalist from Colombia on what was a tremendous day for the nation.
Pajon's gold-medal worthy run was outright impressive, as the 20-year-old set the pace from start to finish. Her first-place run comes at no surprise after finishing first place in the semifinals as well.
After failing to pick up a medal on the men's side, Walker took care of business for New Zealand. Smulders finished right behind Walker for the bronze medal with a 38.787 mark.
Field Hockey: Women's Field Hockey Final
Bronze: Great Britain
Runner-Up: New Zealand
In what was a tough defensive match for Team Great Britain, the host nation pulled out a 3-1 victory in front of the home crowd in Hockey Field Centre.
Sarah Thomas, Crista Cullen and Alex Danson all scored in the win for Great Britain over New Zealand. Stacey Michelsen was the lone scorer for her side in the loss.
The medal is the team's 56th of the Games and has undoubtedly put the host nation on the map in the sport.
Synchronized Swimming: Women's Team Final
Russia used a dominant performance in the free routine with a score of 98.930 to runaway with the gold medal in the women's team synchronized swimming competition. That score was nearly two full points better than China's 97.010.
Overall, the Russians finished with a score of 197.030. China and Spain dwarfed everyone else on the field, as they were the only two countries after Russia to finish with scores over 190.00.
Swimming: Men's Open Water
Gold: Oussama Mellouli (Tunisia)
Silver: Thomas Lurz (Germany)
Bronze: Richard Weinberger (Canada)
The final swimming event of the 2012 Olympics featured a fairly dominant performance in the men's open water from Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli, who captured the gold medal with a time of one hour, 49 minutes, 55.1 seconds.
Mellouli finished more than three seconds ahead of Germany's Thomas Lurz en route to capturing the gold. This is the second medal of these Games for Mellouli--the other was a bronze in the 1500-meter freestyle.
Sailing: Women's 470
Gold: Jo Aleh & Olivia Powrie (New Zealand)
Silver: Saskia Clarke & Hannah Mills (Great Britain)
Bronze: Lobke Berkhout & Lisa Westerhof (Netherlands)
Great Britain goes 2-for-2 in silver medals in the sailing 470 events, with the duo of Saskia Clarke and Hannah Mills taking the runner-up spot.
The competition with New Zealand was incredibly close, as the two teams were tied on points heading into the medal race on Friday. Aleh and Powrie were able to pull away by winning the final race and leaving everyone else in their wake en route to a gold medal.
Sailing: Men's 470
Gold: Mathew Belcher & Malcolm Page (Australia)
Silver: Luke Patience & Stuart Bithell (Great Britain)
Bronze: Lucas Calabrese & Juan de la Fuente (Argentina)
Day 14 of competition in London kicked off with the final round of the men's 470, with Australia's Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page winning the gold medal.
Page and Belcher were the favorites coming into the Olympics, and their performance in the first 10 races leading up to today was outstanding. This is the second consecutive Olympic gold for Page, who won at Beijing with Nathan Wilmot.
Track and Field: Men's Decathlon
Gold: Ashton Eaton, United States
Silver: Trey Hardee, United States
Bronze: Leonel Suarez, Cuba
No surprises here, as world-record holder Ashton Eaton jumped out to an early lead on Day 1 and cruised to victory on Day 2, racking up a total of 8,869 points, which was just 24 off the Olympic record.
His teammate, Trey Hardee, won gold at the 2011 World Championships, so it's not shocking to seem him come in second at 8,671 points.
Suarez made a late push to grab bronze from Belgian Hans Van Alphen.
Track and Field: Men's 200-Meter Sprint
Gold: Usain Bolt, Jamaica
Silver: Yohan Blake, Jamaica
Bronze: Warren Weir, Jamaica
In case you were wondering, Jamaicans are fast. Also in case you wondering, Usain Bolt is really, really fast.
After finishing with a time of 19.32, .02 seconds off the Olympic record, Bolt became the first man in history to win the gold in back-to-back in the 100 and 200 in the Olympics. I think we can start calling him the Fastest Man Ever, now.
Unsurprisingly, his teammates weren't far behind. Blake took silver and Weir, .06 seconds ahead of American Wallace Spearman, grabbed bronze.
Track and Field: Men's 800-Meter Race
Gold: David Rudisha, Kenya
Silver: Nijel Amos, Botswana
Bronze: Timothy Kitum, Kenya
The continent of Africa continued its stranglehold on the men's 800-meter race on Thursday as Kenya's David Rudisha took the gold medal in world record time with Botswana's Nijel Amos coming in second and fellow Kenyan Timothy Kitum winning the bronze in third.
Kenya took first and third in the race in Beijing as well with Sudan taking second, so this marks the first time that African nations have swept the event in consecutive Olympics. Rudisha is now the fourth different Kenyan-born racer to win the endurance race as well.
The United States just missed reaching the podium as Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds each crossed the line with personal bests, but that was only good enough for fourth and fifth place respectively.
Track and Field: Men's Triple Jump
Gold: Christian Taylor, United States
Silver: Will Claye, United States
Bronze: Fabrizio Donato, Italy
More track and field, more United States domination as Taylor and Claye take home gold and silver.
The 22-year-old Taylor, who is the defending World Champion, set a seasonal best with a hop, jump and a skip of 17.81 meters. His American and University of Florida teammate, Will Claye, put up a mark of 17.62.
Fabrizio Donato, with a jump of 17.48, beat out his Italian teammate, Daniele Greco, for bronze.
Track and Field: Women's Javelin Throw
Gold: Barbora Spotakova, Czech Republic
Silver: Christina Obergfoll, Germany
Bronze: Linda Stahl, Germany
With a toss of 69.55 meters, a seasonal best, Spotakova easily distanced herself from the impressive German team. It's the second Olympic medal for the 31-year-old, who took home gold in Beijing, as well.
Coming in second, over four meters behind the Czech, Christina Obergfoll also grabbed her second Olympic medal, as she finished third in Beijing.
Gold: United States
The United States got revenge on the Japanese, who beat the Americans in the 2011 World Cup final.
Carli Lloyd put forth two brilliant goals in the eighth and 54 minutes to put the Americans on top. Japan battled back, putting a goal home in the 63rd-minute, but Hope Solo fended off the final attacks, keeping the U.S. on top by a score of 2-1.
In the bronze medal match, Diana Matheson scored the game-winning goal in 92nd (!!) minute to give Canada the 1-0 win over France. The French fired off 25 shots to Canada's four, but that's soccer sometimes.
Men's Beach Volleyball
Gold: Jonas Reckermann/Julius Brink: Germany
Silver: Alison/Emanuel: Brazil
Bronze: Martins Plavins/Janis Smedins: Latvia
Reckermann and Brink became the first Europeans to ever win gold in this event as they outlasted the Brazilians in three sets.
After taking the first and longest set by a score of 23-21, the Germans dropped the second fairly easily, 21-16. After a back and forth final set, Reckermann served for the match and got it, 16-14.
In the bronze medal match, Plavins and Smedins took out Reinder Nummerdor and Rich Schuil of Netherlands, 19-21, 21-19, 15-11.
Women's Water Polo
Gold: United States
The U.S. completed its impressive run through London with a final 8-5 win over Spain. 19-year-old Maggie Steffens put in five of the U.S' points while Betsey Armstrong racked up eight saves on 13 attempted shots by Spain.
In the bronze medal match, Australia eeked out a win over Hungary by a score of 13-11 in extra time.
Women's 10-Meter Platform Diving
Gold: Chen Ruolin, China
Silver: Brittany Broben, Australia
Bronze: Pandelela Rinong Pamg, Malaysia
Perhaps more than any other sport at these Olympics, China has dominated the diving events and that continued in the women's 10-meter platform as Chen Ruolin took the gold. China has won gold in all but one of the diving events, so there is no doubt that the country's well-known diving program has done its job. Australia's Brittany Broben took second and won silver, but she finished more than 56 points behind Ruolin.
China has now taken gold in this event in six out of the past eight Olympics, including in Beijing, where Ruolin also took top honors. Pandelela Rinong Pamg of Malaysia slipped in for the bronze, winning her country just its second medal of these Games and its first ever in this particular event.
Women's Freestyle Wrestling 72kg
Gold: Natalia Vorobieva, Russia
Silver: Stanka Zlateva, Hungary
Bronze: Guzel Manyurova, Kazakhstan and Maider Unda, Spain
Russian women had to settle for gold in two boxing events earlier in the day, but Natalia Vorobieva made sure that didn't happen in wrestling as she took down Hungary's Stanka Zlateva in the gold-medal match of the women's freestyle 72kg tournament. Vorobieva actually trailed after one round, but took control in the second and scored a victory by pinfall.
The loss was a disappointing one for the 29-year-old Zlateva as she won silver in Beijing as well. Guzel Manyurova of Kazakhstan and Maider Unda of Spain each lost in the semifinals, but will receive nice consolation prizes in the form of bronze medals.
Women's Freestyle Wrestling 55kg
Gold: Saori Yoshida, Japan
Silver: Tonya Lynn Verbeek, Canada
Bronze: Jackeline Renteria Castillo, Colombia and Yuliya Ratkevich, Azerbaijan
Japan continued its solid run in women's combat sports on Thursday as Saori Yoshida defeated Tonya Lynn Verbeek of Canada in the freestyle wrestling 55kg final to take gold. Yoshida beat Verbeek by an overall score of 3-0 and also beat her in technical points, 5-0. Yoshida thoroughly dominated the bout and clearly earned the Olympic title.
Yoshida continued her reign over this division as she is the only gold medalist it has ever known. Yoshida was the champion in Athens and Beijing. This marks Verbeek's third medal in the event as well as she took bronze in 2008 and lost the final match to Yoshida in 2004.
Yoshida and Verbeek beat Jackeline Renteria Castillo of Colombia and Yuliya Ratkevich of Azerbaijan respectively to reach the gold-medal match, so both Castillo and Ratkevich will make the podium as winners of the bronze.
Taekwondo: Men's Lightweight 68 Kg
Gold: Servet Tazegul, Turkey
Silver: Mohammed Bagheri Motamed, Iran
Bronze: Terrence Jennings, United States
Bronze: Rohullah Nikpah, Afghanistan
In a very close final match, the 23-year-old Tazegul, who took home bronze in 2008, defeated Motamed by a score of 6-5.
In the bronze medal contests, Jennings and Nikpah both came from the loser's bracket to defeat Diogo Silva and Martin Stamper, who had lost in the semis.
Taekwondo: Women's Lightweight 57 Kg
Gold: Jade Jones, Great Britain
Silver: Hou Yuzhuo, China
Bronze: Marlene Harnois, France
Bronze: Tseng Li-Cheng, Tapei
Jade Jones flew through the competition, eventually dominating Yuzhuo in the final by a score of six points to four. The 19-year-old Jones, who brings home a gold for the host nation, looks like a force to be reckoned with for the future.
Li-Cheng and Harnois both won their bronze medal matches after losing to the eventual finalists in the semis.
Women's Boxing Middleweight 75 Kg
Gold: Claressa Shields, USA
Silver: Nadezda Torlopova, Russia
Bronze: Li Jinzi, China and Marina Volnova, Kazakhstan
Team USA's Claressa Shields dominated Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova by a score of 29-15 in the semifinals and kept her momentum going in the gold-medal match as she decimated Russia's Nadezda Torlopova by a score of 19-12, winning or tying each of the four rounds, to take the top spot on the podium.
In the other semifinal, Torlopova edged out a 12-10 victory over China's Li Jinzi, but she wasn't able to battle her way to a win in the final. Shields' win moved the United States five total medals ahead of China in the overall standings and within one in the gold column. This marks the first time that women's boxing has been contested at the Olympic level.
Women's Boxing Lightweight 60kg
Gold: Katie Taylor, Ireland
Silver: Sofya Ochigava, Russia
Bronze: Adriana Araujo (Brazil), Mavzuna Choriyeva (Tajikistan)
Katie Taylor became a national hero on Thursday as she won defeated Russian Sofya Ochigava in the gold-medal match of the lightweight women's boxing tournament and secured the first gold of these Olympics for Ireland. Taylor edged Ochigava by a score of 10-8 thanks to a dominant third round and added another chapter to Ireland's rich boxing history.
Brazil's Adriana Araujo and Tajikistan's Mavzuna Choriyeva lost their respective semi-final matchups and will each receive a bronze medal.
Women's Boxing Flyweight 51 Kg
Gold: Nicola Adams (Great Britain)
Silver: Ren Cancan (China)
Bronze: Marlen Esparza, USA & Mary Kom, India
Great Britain's Nicola Adams' quest for a boxing gold medal ended in triumph on Thursday in the first of three women's finals, as she was able to get an easy victory over China's Ren Cancan16-7.
This match was over even before it started, as Adams jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first round and never looked back.
Team USA’s biggest hope at a women’s boxing medal, Marlen Esparza, was forced to settle for a bronze medal in the flyweight division.
Mary Kom of India also won a bronze.
Equestrian: Individual Dressage
Gold: Charlotte Dujardin (Great Britain)
Silver: Adelinde Cornelissen (Netherlands)
Bronze: Laura Bechtolsheimer (Great Britain)
Great Britain's dominance over the equestrian events continued on the final day for this sport at the 2012 Olympics. All told, the host country finished with five medals in equestrian events, including three golds.
Charlotte Dujardin was the star of the show in this event with a final score of 90.089, nearly two full points ahead of silver medalist Adelinde Cornelissen. Her artistic score was an amazing 93.429, all but guaranteeing her a victory even before the rest of the competitors took their turn.
Swimming: Women's Open Water
Gold: Eva Risztov (Hungary)
Silver: Haley Anderson (United States)
Bronze: Martina Grimaldi (Italy)
The final women's swimming event of the 2012 Olympics ended with Hungary's Eva Risztov capturing a gold medal. She finished just four-tenths of a second ahead of Haley Anderson.
Risztov took the lead after the first lap before Anderson made a hard charge on the second lap to take over first place. After that, it was all Risztov as she was in control for the final three laps to take the championship.
Canoe: Women's K-2 500 Meters
Gold: Tina Dietze & Franziska Weber (Germany)
Silver: Natasa Douchev-Janics & Katalin Kovacs (Hungary)
Bronze: Beata Mikolajczyk & Karolina Naja (Poland)
It has been a banner day for Germany and Hungary in the canoe, as Tina Dietze and Franziska Weber were able to capture the second gold medal of Day 13 for Germany with a time of one minute, 42.213 seconds.
The duo of Natasa Douchev-Janics and Katalin Kovacs gave Hungary its third medal in four canoe races on Day 13. They finished just over a second behind the German team en route to the silver medal.
Canoe: Men's C-2 1000 Meters
Gold: Peter Kretschmer & Kurt Kuschela (Germany)
Silver: Aliaksandr Bahdanovich & Andrei Bahdanovich (Belarus)
Bronze: Alexey Korovashkov & Ilya Pervukhin (Russia)
The sprint events in the canoe kicked off with a bang, as the German duo of Peter Kretschemer and Kurt Kuschela took the gold medal with a dominating performance that saw them finish in three minutes, 33.804 seconds. Their time was nearly 1.5 seconds better than the Bahdanovich team.
This marks the second consecutive Olympics in which Kretschmer and Kuschela have won a gold medal.
Canoe: Men's K-4 1000 Meters
Bronze: Czech Republic
Unlike the C-2 1,000 meters, things were much more dramatic in the K-4 1000-meter race. The Australian team captured gold with a time of two minutes, 55.085 seconds. Right behind them was the Hungarian and Czech Republic teams, who finished 0.151 seconds apart.
Canoe: Women's K-1 500 Meters
Gold: Danuta Kozak (Hungary)
Silver: Inna Osypenko-Radomska (Ukraine)
Bronze: Bridgitte Hartley (South Africa)
Though her performance in the finals wasn't quite as good as it was in the semi-finals, Hungary's Danuta Kozak was still able to capture gold in the 500-meter K-1 race on Thursday. She finished in one minute, 51.456 seconds, more than a full second ahead of Inna Osypenko-Radomska.
This is Kozak's second gold medal of these Olympics, as she also won the K-4 500-meter race as part of the Hungary team on Wednesday.
Taekwondo: Men's Flyweight 58 Kg
Gold: Joel Gonzalez Bonilla, Spain
Silver: Daehoon Lee, South Korea
Bronze: Alexey Denisenko, Russia
Spain's Joel Gonzalez easily claimed the gold with a decisive 17-8 victory over South Korea's Daehoon Lee.
Gonzalez, 22, was patient, and his defense was impeccable. This set the table for his dominant counter-attack game to take over the match.
Alexey Denisenko of Russia won a hard fought bronze medal match with Australia's Safwan Khalil 3-1.
Taekwondo: Women's Flyweight 49 Kg
Gold: Wu Jingyu, China
Silver: Brigitte Yague Enrique, Spain
Bronze: Chanatip Sonkham, Thailand
China's Wu Jingyu finished of a dominant run in dominant fashion as she claimed her taekwondo gold by beating Spain's Brigitte Yague Enrique 8-1 in Wednesday's gold medal match.
Jingyu was so dominant that three of her matches were stopped early after she took a 12-point lead. This is her second-straight Olympic gold in this event.
Chanatip Sonkaham of Thailand easily handled Guam's Elizabeth Zamora Gordillo 8-0 to win the bronze.
Men's Team Table Tennis
Silver: South Korea
For the second-straight Olympics, China has won all the gold medals there are to be handed out in table tennis as they rolled over the South Koreans 3-0 in the gold medal match.
Germany beat Hong Kong 3-1 to to take the bronze.
Women's Beach Volleyball
Gold: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, USA
Silver: Jennifer Kessy and April Ross, USA
Bronze: Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca, Brazil
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won their third-straight Olympic gold in beach volleyball when they took down fellow Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross 21-16, 21-16 in the gold medal match.
This caps off an amazing 12-year run for the women, who weren't favored to win the gold this time around.
In the bronze medal match Brazilians Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca beat China's Xue Chen and Zhang Xi 11-21, 21-19, 15-12.
Men's 110-Meter Hurdles
Gold: Aries Merritt, USA
Silver: Jason Richardson, USA
Bronze: Hansle Parchment, Jamaica
Aries Merritt sprinted and jumped his way to an Olympics gold in the 110-meter hurdles by blasting out a personal best time of 12.92 seconds. That is just .05 off of the world record.
That time was good enough to give him a relatively comfortable win over fellow countryman and silver medalist Jason Richardson, who posted a 13.04.
Jamaica's Hansle Parchment turned in a national record time of 13.12 to claim the bronze.
Women's 200 Meters
Gold: Allyson Felix, USA
Silver: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica
Bronze: Carmelita Jeter, USA
After settling for silver in this event in the last two Olympics, Allyson Felix finally has her gold. She claimed this elusive prize with a run of 21.88 seconds, which was good enough to hold off the 100-meter gold medalist Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who turned in a personal best time of 22.09.
Carmelita Jeter, gave the Americans two medals in this event with a bronze on the strength of her 22.14 run. Two-time defending gold medalist in this event, Jamaica's Veronica Campbell Brown narrowly missed out on a medal as she finished fourth with a time of 22.38.
Women's 400-Meter Hurdles
Gold: Natalya Antyukh, Russia
Silver: Lashinda Demus, USA
Bronze: Zuzana Hejnova, Czech Republic
Russia's Natalya Antyukh picked the perfect time to pull out a personal best as she claimed gold in the women's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.70 seconds. The time just missed out on an Olympics record.
It was, however, just good enough to have cross the finish line ahead of the defending world champ Lashinda Demus, of the USA, who finished the race in a time of 52.77.
They were both comfortably ahead of the 53.38 turned in by bronze medal winner Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic.
Women's Long Jump
Gold: Brittney Reese, USA
Silver: Elena Sokolova, Russia
Bronze: Janay DeLoach, USA
Brittney Reese became the first American woman to win Olympic gold in the long jump with a jump of 7.12 meters. The two-time world champ pulled off the winning jump on her second attempt, and it was comfortable better than the 7.07 meters that silver medalist Elena Sokolova of Russia pulled off.
Janay DeLoach ensured this would be an American dominated event by earning the bronze with a jump of 6.89 meters.
Women's Freestyle Wrestling 63kg
Gold: Kaori Icho (Japan)
Silver: Jing Ruixue (China)
Bronze: Battsetseg Soronzonbold (Mongolia), Lubov Volosova (Russia)
After seeing her fellow country mate Hitomi Obara win the gold medal in the 48kg division earlier in the day, Kaori Icho joined her at the top of the podium in the 63kg women's freestyle division on Wednesday.
Icho dominated Jing in the final match, winning five technique points and a 3-0 spread in classification points.
Women's Freestyle Wrestling 48kg
Gold: Hitomi Obara (Japan)
Silver: Mariya Stadnyk (Azerbaijan)
Bronze: Carol Huynh (Canada), Clarissa Chun (United States)
Hitomi Obara was able to hold off Mariya Stadnyk in the finals of the women's 48kg freestyle wrestling. She took the crown with a 3-1 score in the finals. With Huynh and Chun falling in the semi-finals, they were still able to walk away with duel bronze medals.
Individual Equestrian Jumping
Gold: Steve Guerdat, Switzerland
Silver: Gerco Schroder, Netherlands
Bronze: Cian O'Connor, Ireland
In one of the most unique events of the Olympics, Switzerlans Steve Guerdat and his horse Nino Des Buissonnets stole the show in individual equestrian jumping and won the gold medal.
With amazing showings of their own, Gerco Schroder of the Netherlands and Cian O'Connor of Ireland won silver and bronze medals respectively.
Men’s Sailing 49er
Gold: Nathan Outteridge & Iain Jensen, Australia
Silver: Peter Burling & Blair Tuke, New Zealand
Bronze: Allan Norregaard & Peter Lang, Denmark
After an intense battle that took the better part of seven days of actual competition, it was the Australian duo of Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen that walk away with the gold medal in the men’s sailing 49er event.
New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke also had a great showing, but were forced to walk away with the silver. Allan Norregaard and Peter Lang of Denmark finished third.
Women's K-4 500-Meter
In one of the closest finishes in the 2012 Olympics so far, the top four teams finished the women’s K-4 500-meter event within one second of each other, leaving poor Poland (1:31.607) on the outside looking in.
With the fastest time (1:30.827) of any team, the Hungarian women took home the gold, while Germany (1:31.298) took silver and Belarus (1:31.400) took bronze. What a race!
Men's K-2 1000-Meter
Gold: Rudolf Dombi & Roland Kokeny, Hungary
Silver: Fernando Pimenta & Emanuel Silva, Portugal
Bronze: Martin Hollstein & Andreas Ihle, Germany
In another amazingly close finish for the gold medal, the men’s K-2 1000-meter race ended with a finish too close to call.
After a quick review, it was Hungary’s Rudolf Dombi and Roland Kokeny (3:09.646) that won the gold over Portugal’s Fernando Pimenta & Emanuel Silva (3:09.699).
That’s a difference of just 0.053 seconds!
Germany’s Martin Hollstein and Andreas Ihle snagged the bronze medal.
Men's C-1 1000-Meter
Gold: Sebastian Brendel, Germany
Silver: David Cal Figueroa, Spain
Bronze: Mark Oldershaw, Canada
While a gold medal performance for Germany’s Sebastian Brendel in the men’s C-1 1000-meter canoeing event should be no surprise, the fact that the competition kept it very tight the whole time against the world’s best was great to see.
Brendel’s time of 3:47.176 was very impressive, but Spain’s David Cal Figueroa (3:48.053) and Canada’s Mark Oldershaw (3:48.502) made the ending very interesting. Figueroa and Oldershaw took silver and bronze respectively.
Men's K-1 1000-Meter
Gold: Eirik Veras Larsen, Norway
Silver: Adam van Koeverden, Canada
Bronze: Max Hoff, Germany
In what is the more grueling of the sprint races on the water, the men’s K-1 1000-meter event is one of the most exciting shootouts you will ever see. IN 2012, there was no one better than Norway’s Eirik Veras Larsen.
With everyone else competing for second, Canada’s Adam van Koeverden took home the silver and Max Hoff of Germany walked away with bronze. Not too shabby.
Track and Field: Men's Discus Throw
Gold: Robert Harting, Germany
Silver: Ehsan Hadadi, Iran
Bronze: Gerd Kanter, Estonia
The top three finishers were the only ones to break the 68-meter mark. Germany's Harting picked up the victory at 68.27 followed by Hadadi of Iran at 68.18 and Kanter at 68.03, which was a seasonal best for the Estonia thrower.
It was an even more impressive feat by the trio when you consider the next best mark was 67.38.
Track and Field: Men's High Jump
Gold: Ivan Ukhov, Russia
Silver: Erik Kynard, United States
Bronze: Mutaz Essa Barshim, Qatar, Derek Drouin, Canada & Robert Grabarz, Great Britain
Ukhov wins gold for Russia thanks to an unmatched mark of 2.38 meters. Kynard missed his attempt at the same height and was forced to settle for silver. It's still a respectively performance for the 21-year-old American.
There was a three-way tie for third place, which means all of the competitors will receive a bronze medal.
Weightlifting: Men's +105 Kg
Gold: Behdad Salimikordasiabi, Iran
Silver: Sajjad Anoushiravani Hamlabad, Iran
Bronze: Ruslan Albegov, Russia
A dominant performance by Iran as the country sweeps the top two spots thanks to Salimikordasiabi and Anoushiravani Hamlabad, who both used strong performances in the clean and jerk to separate from a crowded pack of lifters.
Albegov wasn't able to match the strength of the Iranians, but he was still able to secure third place comfortably to get another medal for Russia.
Wrestling: Men's 96 Kg Greco-Roman
Gold: Ghasem Rezaei, Iran
Silver: Rustam Totrov, Russia
Bronze: Artur Aleksanyan, Armenia & Jimmy Lidberg, Sweden
Rezaei becomes the third Iranian athlete to win a wrestling gold medal at the London Games, the most of any country to this point. He defeated Totrov, the bronze medalist at last year's World Championships, in the finals to earn gold.
Aleksanyan and Lidberg both receive a bronze medal for their efforts since there is no match for third place in the event.
Wrestling: Men's 66 Kg Greco-Roman
Gold: Hyeonwoo Kim, Korea
Silver: Tamas Lorincz, Hungary
Bronze: Manuchar Tskhadaia, Georgia & Steeve Guenot, France
After winning a bronze medal at last year's World Championships in the 66 kg Greco-Roman event, Kim takes a big step forward in the Olympics to win gold. The South Korea star defeated Lorincez in the final match.
There is no third-place match in the event, which means the semifinal losers, Tskhadaia and Guenot, will both receive bronze for their efforts.
Cycling: Men's Keirin
Gold: Chris Hoy, Great Britain
Silver: Maximilian Levy, Germany
Bronze: Simon van Velthooven, New Zealand & Teun Mulder, Netherlands
Hoy wins his second consecutive Olympic Keirin at the age of 36. It's his seventh career medal the Games, with six of them being gold. He's been a force on the cycling circuit for a decade and has shown no signs of slowing down.
Levy receives silver for his solid performance. Van Velthooven and Mulder will each get a bronze medal in a share of third place.
Cycling: Women's Sprint
Gold: Anna Meares, Australia
Silver: Victoria Pendleton, Great Britain
Bronze: Shuang Guo, China
Meares wins gold for Australia after defeating Pendelton in the finals. It's the second medal for Meares, who was also part of the Australian team that won bronze in the sprint last week, making it a very successful trip to London.
Great Britain's recent stretch of medal winners continues with a silver and Guo helps increase China's medal lead with a bronze.
Cycling: Women's Omnium
Gold: Laura Trott, Great Britain
Silver: Sarah Hammer, United States
Bronze: Annette Edmondson, Australia
Chalk up another gold medal for the host nation. Trott edged out Hammer to earn gold, leaving the silver for the United States. Those two really separated themselves from the pack and deserve their respective spots on the podium.
Edmondson finished in third and will bring a bronze back to Australia. At 20, she figures to be a contender for quite some time in the event.
Table Tennis: Women's Team Event
China's table tennis dominance continued in the women's team competition thanks to the trio if Li Xiaoxia, Ding Ning and Guo Yue. They defeated Japan in the finals to win gold, giving the country five total medals in three table tennis events.
Japan gets the silver and Singapore receives bronze after defeating Korea in the third-place match. But neither team had a chance against the dominant Chinese team.
Gymnastics: Women's Floor Exercise
Gold: Aly Raisman, United States
Silver: Catalina Ponor, Romania
Bronze: Aliya Mustafina, Russia
The captain of the gold-medal winning United States team adds another gold medal to her collection by winning the individual floor exercise competition. Raisman scored a 15.600, easily beating the rest of the field to come in first.
Romania's Ponor came in second and Mustafina earned Russia another medal thanks to a tiebreaker, which gave her bronze over Vanessa Ferrari of Italy.
Equestrian: Team Dressage
Gold: Great Britain
Great Britain captured its second gold medal in an equestrian event, this time in the team dressage. The top three teams in this event were so far above and beyond everyone else it was just a matter of sorting things out between them.
With a score of 79.979, Great Britain was able to hold off Germany (78.216) and the Netherlands (77.124). It was a rather large upset, as Germany has dominated this event at the Olympics for the last 28 years. .
Gymnastics: Men's Horizontal Bar
Gold: Epke Zonderland (Netherlands)
Silver: Fabian Hambuechen (Germany)
Bronze: Kai Zou (China)
Epke Zonderland was able to ride a strong performance to a gold medal in the men's horizontal bar on Tuesday. He finished with a score of 16.533, which included a nice 8.633 execution score. He also made history with the victory, as he is the first gymnast from the Netherlands to win a gold medal.
Fabian Hambuechen held the lead before Zonderland dazzled the judges. His score of 16.400 was just over three-tenths of a point ahead of Kai Zou for the silver medal.
Swimming: Synchronized Women's Duet
Gold: Natalia Ishchenko & Svetlana Romashina (Russia)
Silver: Ona Carbonell & Andrea Fuentes (Spain)
Bronze: Liu Ou & Huang Xuechen (China)
Russia's Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina dominated the women's synchronized swimming duet en route to taking the country's fourth consecutive gold medal in this event. They finished with a score of 98.900 in the free routine finals and 197.100 overall, more than four full points ahead of Ona Carbonell and Andrea Fuentes.
The gap between first and second (4.2) was greater than the gap between two and four (3.78), which should tell you how dominant the Russians were in this event.
Gymnastics: Women's Balance Beam
Gold: Deng Linlin (China)
Silver: Sui Lu (China)
Bronze: Aly Raisman (USA)
While most of the events today have been about the gold medalists, the women's balance beam was all about the bronze medal.
Romania's Catalina Ponor was originally sitting in third place, with a score of 15.066. Aly Raisman was one-tenth of a point behind following a somewhat shaky performance, but she filed an inquiry with the judges to try and get her score raised.
The judges made an adjustment, increasing her overall score to 15.066. Since Raisman's execution score was three-tenths of a point higher than Ponor, she was awarded the bronze medal.
Gymnastics: Men's Parallel Bars
Gold: Zhe Feng (China)
Silver: Marcel Nguyen (Germany)
Bronze: Hamilton Sabot (France)
On the final day of gymnastics competition at the 2012 London Olympics, China's Zhe Feng was able to get the medal festivities started with an impressive performance on the parallel bars. He finished with a score of 15.966, nearly two-tenths of a point ahead of Marcel Nguyen.
Sailing: Women's RS-X Windsurfing
Gold: Marina Alabau Neira (Spain)
Silver: Tuuli Petaja (Finland)
Bronze: Zofia Noceti-Klepacka (Poland)
After Great Britain dominated the men's final of the windsurfing final, the women took center stage to determine the medal winners.
Marina Alabau Neira had built up a big 14-point lead after the first 10 races, so the race was clearly hers for the taking. She did exactly what she had to in order to secure a gold medal, which is all she had to do.
Gold: Alistair Brownlee (Great Britain)
Silver: Javier Gomez (Spain)
Bronze: Jonathan Brownlee (Great Britain)
Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee entered the men's triathlon as the favorite to win a gold medal. He will walk away from the event with just that, as he finished ahead of Spain's Javier Gomez and his brother Jonathan for the victory.
Brownlee clocked in at one hour, 45 minutes and 26 seconds, setting the pace by finishing 11 seconds ahead of Gomez and 31 seconds better than his brother.
Sailing: Men's RS-X Windsurfing
Gold: Dorian van Rijsselberge (Netherlands)
Silver: Nick Dempsey (Great Britain)
Bronze: Przemyslaw Miarczynski (Poland)
On the final day of windsurfing at the 2012 Olympics, there was really no drama to be had. Dorian van Rijsselberge from the Netherlands had built up such a huge lead through the first 10 races that today was just a glorified coronation ceremony.
The same can be said for Dempsey and Miarczynski, as there was really little left to be decided. It was just a matter of getting through the race without completely bombing. All three men did and have Olympic medals to show for it.
Track and Field: Men's 400-Meter Run
Gold: Kirani James, Granada
Silver: Luguelin Santos, Dominican Republic
Bronze: Lalonde Gordon, Trinidad
James won the gold medal with a 43.94-second run. Santos was close, but his 44.46 was only good enough to earn a silver medal for the Dominican Republic.
Gordon's 44.52 edged out the Bahamas' Chris Brown for the final spot on the medal podium. The 400 is arguably the most difficult run for track athletes, but these world-class performers showed everyone how it's done.
Track and Field: Women's Steeplechase
Gold: Yuliya Zaripova, Russia
Silver: Habiba Ghribi, Tunisia
Bronze: Sofia Assefa, Ethiopia
Zaripova won by less than two seconds, but she did manage to run her personal best in her gold-medal victory. She turned in a 9:06.72 performance, while Ghribi followed with a 9:08.37.
Assefa won the bronze medal, but hers was the tightest margin of all. She held off fourth-place finisher Milcah Chemos Cheywa by four one-hundredths of a second.
Track and Field: Men's 400-Meter Hurdles
Gold: Felix Sanchez, Dominican Republic
Silver: Michael Tinsley, USA
Bronze: Javier Culson, Puerto Rico
Sanchez turned in his best performance of the season with a 47.63-second time in the 400-meter hurdles on Monday. His best performance was strong enough to hold off Tinsley's personal best of 47.91.
The bronze medal went to Culson after his 48.10 run was enough to hold off Great Britain's David Greene. The 400 is tough enough without hurdles. Everyone should take their hats off to these runners.
Team USA's other representatives, Angelo Taylor and Kerron Clement, finished fifth and eighth.
Track and Field: Women's Pole Vault
Gold: Jenn Suhr, USA
Silver: Yarisley Silva, Cuba
Bronze: Yelena Isinbayeva, Russia
Isinbayeva entered London with two straight Olympic pole vaulting titles under her belt, but Suhr dethroned the world's preeminent name in this event.
Suhr cleared 4.75 meters, or 15'7", to win the gold medal. Silva also managed to clear that height, but she lost on a countback. Isinbayeva was only able to clear 4.70 meters, and her Olympic streak came to a close.
Wrestling: Men's Greco-Roman 120 Kg/264.5 Lbs.
Gold: Mijain Lopez, Cuba
Silver: Heiki Nabi, Estonia
Bronze: Riza Kayaalp, Turkey and Johan Euren, Sweden
Lopez dominated Nabi in the gold-medal match to earn Cuba their sixth medal in London's games. He won 3-1 and never left much doubt about the outcome.
Kayaalp and Euren both earned bronze medals. Euren had to work harder for his, but he was still able to get the job done against Loseb Chugoshvili.
Weightlifting: Men's 105 Kg/231 Lbs.
Gold: Oleksiy Torokhtiy, Ukraine
Silver: Navab Nasirshilal, Iran
Bronze: Bartlomiej Wojciech Bonk, Poland
Torokhtiy was able to snatch one kilogram heavier than Nasirshilal to earn the gold medal for Ukraine in this gold-medal final.
Bonk was able to snatch five kilograms (11 pounds) more than Torokhtiy, but his clean and jerk score was sufficiently lower than the top two finishers. That landed him the bronze medal.
Track and Field: Women's Shot Put Final
Gold: Nadzeya Ostapchuk, Belarus
Silver: Valerie Adams, New Zealand
Bronze: Evegeniia Kolodko, Russia
Ostapchuk won the gold medal with a 21.36 meter throw, or 70'1'' for those favoring the imperial system. She was able to outdo Adams by a narrow margin, but Adams' 20.70 meter (67'11'') throw was good enough to earn her a silver.
Kolodko threw her personal best, but was only able to earn a bronze medal. Team USA's top contender Michelle Carter finished in sixth place.
Wrestling: Men's Greco-Roman 84 Kg/185 Lbs.
Gold: Alan Khugaev, Russia
Silver: Karam Mohamed Gaber Ebrahim, Egypt
Bronze: Danyel Gajiyev, Kazakhstan and Damian Janikowski, Poland
Khugaev's 3-0 victory over Ebrahim in the final earned Russia their fourth wrestling medal in London. It took him just two periods to earn his first-place finish.
Gajiyev defeated Vladimer Gegeshidze in their bronze-medal match by a score of 3-1, and Janikowski beat Melonin Noumonvi 3-0 to earn this division's second bronze medal.
Shooting: Men's Trap Final
Gold: Giovanni Cernogoraz, Croatia
Silver: Massimo Fabbrizi, Italy
Bronze: Fehaid Aldeehani, Kuwait
The men's trap final came down to a four man shoot-off in the final. Cernograz scored a perfect six, while Fabbrizi missed the mark by one point. This gave Cernograz the narrow gold-medal victory.
Aldeehani earned a bronze medal by shooting a four in the shoot off and barely missed the target that would have pushed him to a silver. He kept Australia's Michael Diamond off the medal podium by hitting one more target than the fourth-place finisher.
Wrestling: Men's Greco-Roman 60kg/132 Lbs.
Gold: Omid Haji Noroozi, Islamic Republic of Iran
Silver: Revaz Lashkhi, Georgia
Bronze: Zaur Kuramagomedov, Russia
Revaz Lashkhi failed to dominate in the fashion that he had throughout the Olympic Games. He finished with a silver medal after Omid Haji Noroozi deserving took the gold.
Noroozi was on his game from the get-go and won in 3-0 fashion in the gold-medal match.
With a third-place finish for Kuramagomedov, the Russians add a 39th medal to their tally, as they now trail host Great Britain by just one medal.
Equestrian: Team Jumping Final
Gold: Great Britain
Bronze: Saudi Arabia
From start to finish it was clear this was an event that Great Britain would take by storm.
The Great Britain equestrian team, featuring horses Big Star, Tripple X, Hello Sanctos and Vindicat, was able to finish out a tremendous event for their home country.
After the third qualifier, it was Nick Skelton and Big Star stealing the show. They ranked first place along with two other Netherlands horses and certainly made a statement at these Games.
The country won it's first gold medal in the event in 60 years in what was an intense finish at Greenwich Park.
Track Cycling: Men's Sprint Finals
Gold: Jason Kenny, Great Britain
Silver: Gregory Bauge, France
Bronze: Shane Perkins, Australia
The crowd burst into applause when their countryman crossed the finish line out in front.
In back-to-back runs Great Britain's Jason Kenny was able to add another gold to the host nation's medal list.
Kenny's first run was a photofinish while his second one was a much more clear victory. Towards the end, Bauge was looking for room to pass the top-notch cyclist but fell just short of overtaking Kenny for the lead.
Perkins' solid third-place finish was top-notch as well, as he posted back-to-back photofinish victories.
Gymnastics: Men's Vault
Gold: Yang Hak-Seon (South Korea)
Silver: Denis Ablyazin (Russia)
Bronze: Igor Radivilov (Ukraine)
Yang Hak-Seon dominated the men's vault en route to a gold medal in London on Monday. He scored a 16.533. His second vault, while not as difficult as the first one, was executed nearly perfect as the judges gave him a 9.600.
Russia's Denis Ablyazin wasn't quite as crisp as Hak-Seon in the execution, leaving him in the runner-up position. It is the second medal for the 20-year-old in these Olympics and his first silver.
Gymnastics: Women's Uneven Bars
Gold: Aliya Mustafina (Russia)
Silver: He Kexin (China)
Bronze: Beth Tweddle (Great Britain)
In what will end up being one of the best performances of Day 10, Russia's Aliya Mustafina captured the gold in the women's uneven bars with a score of 16.133. She received an execution score of 9.133, easily the best in the field..
Beth Tweddle had a strong showing up until she lost her footing on the landing, no doubt costing her some points. It's doubtful she would have been able to match Mustafina even with a perfect landing, but there is nothing wrong going out with a bronze medal.
Sailing: Men's Laser
Gold: Simon Groteluschen (Germany)
Silver: Alejandro Foglia Costa (Uruguay)
Bronze: Paul Goodison (Great Britain)
The Germans get back to the medal podium, as Simon Groteluschen takes gold in the finals of the men's laser event on Monday. He finished two minutes ahead of runner-up Alejandro Foglia Costa to capture the crown.
After a very big day for Great Britain on Sunday, Paul Goodison gets the host country off to a good start on Day 10. He did finish well behind Groteluschen and Foglia Costa, but his time of 31 minutes, 19 seconds was good enough to take the bronze.
Gymnastics: Men's Rings
Gold: Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti (Brazil)
Silver: Chen Yibing (China)
Silver: Matteo Morandi (Italy)
Brazil gets its second gold medal of the 2012 Olympics, with a stellar performance from Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti on the rings. He finished the event with a final score of 15.900, a full tenth of a point ahead of Chen Yibing.
China and Italy both add to their medal totals on Day 10, as Chen eked out a silver medal with a 15.800 score that was .067 ahead of Italy's Matteo Morandi.
Shooting: Men's 50m Rifle, Three Positions
Gold: Niccolo Campriani (Italy)
Silver: Kim Jonghyun (South Korea)
Bronze: Matt Emmons (United States)
Italy has earned its 15th medal of the 2012 Olympics and seventh gold thanks to the sharpshooting skills of Niccolo Campriani.
The battle for the silver medal was far more interesting than Campriani's victory, since he was easily leading the competition after the quarterfinals. Matt Emmons was sitting in second place with 1,172 points after qualifying, just one point ahead of Jonghyun and Yury Shcherbatsevich.
Jonghyun wound up taking the silver with 101.5 points in the finals, 2.2 ahead of Emmons.
Women's Sailing: Laser Radial
Gold: Xu Lijia (China)
Silver: Marit Bouwmeester (Netherlands)
Bronze: Evi Van Acker (Belgium)
Lijia gets Day 10 started off with a bang for China, as she captured the first gold medal of the day with a dominant performance in the Laser Radial Sailing event. Her time of 30 minutes, 19 seconds was eight better than silver medalist Marit Bouwmeester.
This result is really no surprise, as Lijia, Bouwmeester or Van Acker won the previous six races leading up to the medal race today.
Track and Field: Men's 3000-Meter Steeplechase
Gold: Ezekiel Kemboi, Kenya
Silver: Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, France
Bronze: Abel Mutai, Kenya
Eight years after winning the gold in this event at the 2004 Athens games, Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi is at the top of the podium after taking gold with a time of 8 minutes, 18.56 seconds.
Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France was just behind Kemboi and took silver with a time of 8:19.08. Abel Mutai of Kenya took rounded out the medal winners with a time of 8:19.73.
Track and Field: Men's 100 Meter
Gold: Usain Bolt, Jamaica
Silver: Yohan Blake, Jamaica
Bronze: Justin Gatlin, USA
Usain Bolt won a blistering 100-meter dash with a new Olympics record time of 9.63. This is just off his world record time of 9.58.
Bolt wasn't the only one going fast. His teammate Yohan Blake set a personal best with a time of 9.75. He was followed closely by USA's Justing Gatlin, who also scored a personal best with a time of 9.79.
Seven of the eight runners were under 10 seconds.
Diving: Women's 3-Meter Springboard
Gold: Wu Minxia, China
Silver: He Zi, China
Bronze: Laura Sanchez Sotto, Mexico
In one of the day's least surprising outcomes, China's Wu Minxia extended her domination of the 3-meter platform with another gold medal.
This is Wu's, 26, second gold medal of these games, the other coming in a synchronized event, and it is her fourth Olympic gold overall.
Wu is now tied for the Olympics record of diving medals.
Track and Field: Women's 400 Meters
Gold: Sanya Richards-Ross, USA
Silver: Christine Ohuruogo, Great Britain
Bronze: DeeDee Trotter, USA
Sanya Richards-Ross has finally claimed the gold that most thought she would win in Beijing in 2008.
While she failed in the final in Beijing by tiring late, she had no such problems here.
She dominated this race with a time of 49.55 seconds, which had her finishing comfortably ahead of Great Britain's Christine Ohuruogu (49.70) and fellow American DeeDee Trotter (49.72).
Track and Field: Women's Triple Jump
Gold: Olga Rypakova, Kazakhstan
Silver: Caterine Ibarguen, Colombia
Bronze: Olha Saladuha, Ukraine
On her third of six jumps, Kazakhstan's Olga Rypakova let fly with a jump of 14.98 meters. No one could meet or beat that mark, and Rypakova won the gold.
Rypakova came in second in this event at the last world championships to Olha Saladuha of Ukraine, who was relegated to third in this competition with a jump of 14.79. Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia took the silver.
Wrestling: Men's Greco-Roman 74 Kg
Gold: Roman Vlasov, Russia
Silver: Arsen Julfalakyan, Armenia
Bronze: Emin Ahmadov, Azerbaijan
Bronze: Aleksandr Kazakevic, Lithuania
Roman Vlasov, 21, took down Armenia's Arsen Julfalakyan 1-0, 1-0 to win his first gold medal. He is the reigning world champion, and there is a good chance that this will not be his last Olympic gold.
Lithuania's Aleksandr Kazakevic and Azerbaijan's Emin Ahmadov both claimed bronze medals.
Wrestling: Men's Greco-Roman 56 Kg
Gold: Hamid Mohammad Soryan Reihanpour, Iran
Silver: Rovshan Bayramov, Azerbaijan
Bronze: Semenov Mingiyan, Russia
Bronze: Peter Modos, Hungary
Five-time world champ Hamid Soryan of Iran is now also an Olympic gold medalist after beating Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan 2-0, 1-0.
Iran has a rich Olympic history in freestyle wrestling, but this was their first ever gold in Greco-Roman.
Weightlifting: Women's 75 Kg and over
Gold: Zhou Lulu, China
Silver: Tatiana Kashirina, Russia
Bronze: Hripsime Khurshudyan
China's Zhou Lulu took the gold in the super heavyweight women's weightlifting event and set a world record in the process by hoisting 333 kilograms in her two lifts.
Tatiana Kashirina of Russia had the lead after the first lift, but was overtaken and wound up with the silver.
Men's Tennis Singles
Gold: Andy Murray, Great Britain
Silver: Roger Federer, Switzerland
Bronze: Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina
In one of the best matchups in the 2012 Olympics, hometown hero Andy Murray thrilled the crowd that packed into Wimbledon by winning his country a gold medal over one of the greatest tennis players of all time in Roger Federer.
In an equally thrilling matchup, Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro defeated star Novak Djokovic to steal the bronze medal. This men’s tournament was absolutely amazing.
Women's Tennis Doubles
Gold: Serena and Venus Williams, USA
Silver: Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, Czech Republic
Bronze: Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova, Russia
In one of the most exciting matches of the tournament, Serena Williams carried the momentum over from her gold-medal effort in singles competition to catapult the sister combination to another doubles gold; their third overall.
As great as Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka looked grabbing the silver, the Williams sisters were absolutely amazing.
Men's Badminton Doubles
Gold: Cai Yun & Fu Haifeng, China
Silver: Mathias Boe & Carsten Mogensen, Denmark
Bronze: Chung Jae Sung & Lee Yong Dae, South Korea
While the Chinese pair of Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng dominating the sport of doubles badminton as they were predicted to do, the biggest surprise came from the silver-medal winning men from Denmark Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.
South Koreans Chung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae won the bronze, but the talk about the amazing surprise story of Boe and Mogensen is all anyone can talk about.
Men's Gymnastics Pommel Horse
Gold: Krisztian Berki, Hungary
Silver: Louis Smith, Great Britain
Bronze: Max Whitlock, Great Britain
In one of the most intense events of the gymnastics portion of the 2012 Olympics, Krisztian Berki from Hungary won the gold medal in the men’s pommel horse with an amazing showing that scored him a 16.066.
Louis Smith from Great Britain also scored a 16.066, but Berki won the tiebreaker and ultimately the gold. Great Britain also won the bronze to go with their silver, when Max Whitlock came in third.
Men's Gymnastics Floor Exercise
Gold: Zou Kai, China
Silver: Kohei Uchimura, Japan
Bronze: Denis Ablyazin, Russia
As much as the women’s gymnastics competition enthralls the world, the skill of the men’s events is even more awe inspiring. With an absolutely breathtaking floor exercise, China’s Zou Kai won the gold medal with an incredible score of 15.933.
Kohei Uchimura of Japan took silver, while Denis Ablyazin of Russia walked away with the bronze.
Women's Gymnastics Vault
Gold: Sandra Izbasa, Romania
Silver: McKayla Maroney, USA
Bronze: Maria Paseka, Russia
In one of the biggest upsets of the Olympics so far, Team USA’s McKayla Maroney was forced to settle for silver on her best event when Romanian star Sandra Izbasa launched her way to a 15.191 and a gold medal.
While Maria Paseka from Russia came in third place, the talk has been all about the upset between Maroney and Izbasa.
Men's Sailing Finn
Gold: Ben Ainslie, Great Britain
Silver: Jonas Hogh-Christensen, Denmark
Bronze: Jonathan Lobert, France
The sailing events in the Olympics are always an adventure to watch, but the men’s Finn was highlighted this year by the performance of Great Britain's own Ben Ainslie.
Jonas Hogh-Christensen of Denmark finished in second place and Jonathan Lobert of France finished third.
Women's Track and Field Marathon
Gold: Tiki Gelana, Ethiopia
Silver: Priscah Jeptoo, Kenya
Bronze: Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova, Russia
In record breaking fashion, Ethiopian star Tiki Gelana won the women’s marathon with a world-record time of 2:23:07. The gold medal continues the Ethiopian stranglehold on the marathon events in the Olympics and beyond.
Priscah Jeptoo from Kenya came in second place at 2:23:12 and Petrova Arkhipova from Russia finished with a personal best time of 2:23:29.
Men's Badminton Singles
Gold: Lin Dan, China
Silver: Chong Wei Lee, Malaysia
Bronze: Chen Long, China
While there was no question that an Asian country would take home the men’s singles badminton title, it was the biggest star in the sport—China’s Lin Dan—that won the gold medal in thrilling fashion.
Chong Wei Lee of Malaysia grabbed the silver medal and Chinese sensation Chen Long won the bronze.
Men's Sailing Star
Gold: Fredrik Loof & Max Salminen, Sweden
Silver: Iain Percy & Andrew Simpson, Great Britain
Bronze: Robert Scheidt & Bruno Prada, Brazil
In one of the most unique events of the 2012 Olympics, the men’s sailing star competition was won by a pair that is very familiar with success in Sweden’s Fredrik Loof & Max Salminen.
Great Britain's Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson grabbed the silver and Brazil's Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada captured bronze.
Women’s Cycling Team Pursuit
Gold: Great Britain
Just as the men did on the other side, the women from Great Britain stole the show on their home turf with an amazing race overall. With a qualifying time of 3:15.669 and a final-round time of 3:14.682, Team GB dominated.
While second place is still great, the silver-medal winning Americans came up just short in their upset bid and Team Canada finished with the bronze.
Men's 50-Meter Pistol
Gold: Jin Jongoh, South Korea
Silver: Choi Young Rae, South Korea
Bronze: Wang Zhiwei, China
In the Men’s 50-meter pistol final, the South Koreans came out hot and proved their domination in the sport by finishing with the gold and silver. Jin Jongoh and Choi Young Rae finished first and second respectively.
We must note; Jongoh had a perfect 100 in his final round to seal his fate and steal the gold medal. It was truly something to behold.
Chinese shooting star Wang Zhiwei finished in third with an overall score of 658.6.
Men's Cycling Team Pursuit
Gold: Great Britain
Bronze: New Zealand
Great Britain’s cycling dominance continued in front of the home crowd with a huge win in the men’s team pursuit event. With most fans expecting a win, the team put in an impressive 3:52.743 final-round time to capture the gold.
Australia grabbed silver with a time of 3:54.317, and New Zealand took home bronze with a 3:56.442.
Women's 100 Meters
Gold: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica
Silver: Carmelita Jeter, United States
Bronze: Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaica
Jamaica's proud sprinting tradition continued in London as the country took two medals in the women's 100 meters. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took gold in the event for the second consecutive Olympics, and Veronica Campbell-Brown took bronze, just as she did eight years ago in Athens.
American Carmelita Jeter took silver and her teammate, track star Allyson Felix, ended up in fifth place.
Men's 10,000 Meters
Gold: Mo Farah, Great Britain
Silver: Galen Rupp, United States
Bronze: Tariku Bekele, Ethiopia
Mo Farah earned another gold medal in an amazingly success day for Great Britain's track team by finishing the 10,000-meter race in 27 minutes, 30.92 seconds. Farah and American Galen Rupp went to the wire, and the Briton won the race by less than a second.
Ehtiopan Tariku Bekele did not keep up with the two frontrunners, but he was able to beat out the rest of the pack for a bronze medal.
Gold: Jessica Ennis, Great Britain
Silver: Lilli Schwartzkopf, Germany
Bronze: Tatyana Chernova, Russia
Jessica Ennis launched herself to stardom by winning the women's heptathlon in front of a thrilled crowd in London. She earned 6,955 points and comfortably won the competition.
After protests and reshuffling of the finishers behind Ennis, Lilli Schwartzkopf of Germany earned silver and Russia's Tayana Chernova, the gold medal winner at the 2011 World Championships, took bronze.
Men's Long Jump
Gold: Greg Rutherford, Great Britain
Silver: Watt Mitchell, Australia
Bronze: Will Claye, United States
Long-jumper Greg Rutherford put on a show for his home country by hitting 8.31 meters on his best attempt and earning a gold medal.
Australia's Watt Mitchell and the United States' Will Claye had an epic battle for silver, with Mitchell taking second by a .04 meter-margin.
Women's Discus Throw
Gold: Sandra Perkovic, Croatia
Silver: Darya Pishchalnikova, Russia
Bronze: Li Yanfeng, China
Croatia's Sandra Perkovic put on an epic display of strength, beating out Russia's Darya Pishchalnikova—who outweighs her by 100 pounds—to take the gold medal. This was the first Olympic medal for Perkovic, a two-time winner of the discus at the European Championships.
China's Li Yanfeng came close to beating out Pishchalnikova, but ultimately ended up with bronze.
Men's 4x100-Meter Medley Relay
Gold: United States
This race capped off an incomparable career for Michael Phelps, who gave the United States the lead heading into the final leg of the race. It was Phelps' 18th gold medal and 22nd overall medal, both Olympic records.
Matt Grevers started with the backstroke, then Brendan Hansen in the breaststroke, followed by Phelps, swimming the butterfly. The superstar surpassed Japan and Nathan Adrian extended the lead in the final leg, while Australia took bronze.
Women's 4x100-Meter Medley Relay
Gold: United States
The United States' uber-talented team of Allison Schmitt, Dana Vollmer, Rebecca Soni and Missy Franklin broke the world record in the women's 4x100-meter medley relay, in yet another remarkable performance by the American swim teem. This was Franklin's fourth gold and fifth overall medal of the games.
The U.S. finished nearly two seconds ahead of Australia as Japan touched third to round out the medals in the event.
Men's 1500-Meter Freestyle
Gold: Sun Yang, China
Silver: Ryan Cochrane, Canada
Bronze: Oussama Mellouli, Tunisia
China's Sun Yang put on a dominant performance in the 1500-meter freestyle. Sun breezed through this grueling race in world record time, touching the wall ahead of silver medalist Ryan Cochrane by nearly nine seconds.
Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli was edged out by Cochrane, but still earned a medal for Tunisia.
Women's Fencing Team Epee
Silver: South Korea
Bronze: United States
China made a statement by dominating the women's team epee gold medal match and soundly defeated South Korea 39-25, after squeaking by Russia in the semifinals.
The United States handed the Russians another heartbreaking loss in the bronze medal match and made it to the podium via a 20-19 score.
Men's Weightlifting 94 Kg
Gold: Ilya Ilyin, Kazakhstan
Silver: Alexandr Ivanov, Russia
Bronze: Anatoli Ciricu, Moldova
Kazakhstan's Ilya Ilyin set the world record for the 94 kilograms (207-pound) weight class by lifting 418 kilograms (921.5 pounds) between the snatch and clean and jerk positions.
Ilin dominated the competition, but the race for the other extremely close. Alexandr Ivanov edged out Anatoli Ciricu by two kilograms for Silver. Ciricu took bronze via a tiebreaker.
Women's 50-Meter Freestyle
Gold: Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Netherlands
Silver: Aliaksandra Herasimenia, Belarus
Bronze: Marleen Veldhuis, Netherlands
Ranomi Kromowidjojo continued her stellar London games, setting an Olympic record by finishing the pressure-packed 50-meter freestyle in 24.05 seconds. With just one turn, these swimmers have little room for error and Kromowidjojo was flawless.
Aliaksandra Herasimenia came took silver, finishing .23 seconds after Kromowidjojo, and the gold-medalist's compatriot Marleen Veldhuis touched the wall fractions of a second later to earn bronze.
Women's Cycling Team Pursuit
Gold: Great Britain
Silver: United States
The British women's cycling team delighted the London crowd and earned a gold medal for the host country. The team of Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Roswell were the country's heroes in the event.
This was Team GB's fourth gold of the London games. The United States team took silver and the Canadian women edged out Australia to make it to the medal stand.
Men's 20-Kilometer Walk
Gold: Chen Ding, China
Silver: Erick Barrondo, Guatemala
Bronze: Wang Zhen, China
China's Chen Ding finished the 20-kilometer walk faster than any man in Olympic history ever has, setting a new record with a time of one hour, 48 minutes and 18 seconds.
Guatemala's Erick Barrondo crossed just 11 seconds later and Wang Zhen added to China's medal count by earning the bronze medal.
Men's Tennis Doubles
Gold: Mark Bryan and Bob Bryan, United States
Silver: Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
Bronze: Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet, France
American twin brothers Mark and Bob Bryan continued their stellar doubles careers and added an Olympic gold medal to their list of accomplishments. They defeated France's Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the gold medal match in straight sets.
The French earned two medals in the event when Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet, who lost to the Bryan brother in the semifinals, defeated Spain's David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez to take bronze.
Women's Tennis Singles
Gold: Serena Williams, USA
Silver: Maria Sharapova, Russia
Bronze: Victoria Azarenka, Belarus
With a gold medal win, not only is Serena Williams the hottest female tennis player in the world, she is arguably the most gifted tennis player period. Williams must have a few shares of Wimbledon, because she has owned that place!
Maria Sharapova of Russia and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus had great showings, but this was all about Serena. Team USA is very proud to have her amongst their ranks.
Women's Badminton Doubles
Gold: Tian Qing & Zhao Yunlei, China
Silver: Mizuki Fujii & Reika Kakiiwa, Japan
Bronze: Valeria Sorokina & Nina Vislova, Russia
The Chinese dominance of women’s badminton did not waver even after the defending champions were expelled—as well as three other teams—for throwing matches. China would have been heartbroken if it wasn’t for the gold-medal play of Tian Qing & Zhao Yunlei.
As great as the Chinese were, Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa from Japan gave them everything they could handle, eventually taking home the gold. Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova from Russia took home the bronze.
Women's Shooting Trap
Gold: Jessica Rossi, Italy
Silver: Zuzana Stefecekova, Slovakia
Bronze: Delphine Reau, France
While women’s trap shooting is one of the most underrated sports in the games, even those that hate the event couldn’t help but be impressed by Jessica Rossi from Italy’s score of 99 overall or 24 in the final.
That was better than gold.
Zuzana Stefecekova from Slovakia and Delphine Reau from France won silver and bronze respectively, but the main focus of this event was on Rossi’s unbelievable gold-medal effort.
Women's Badminton Singles
Gold: Li Xuerui, China
Silver: Wang Yihan, China
Bronze: Saina Nehwal, India
The sport of Badminton is found most heavily in Asia, or American backyards during BBQs. In expected fashion, the women’s singles competition was won by Chinese star Li Xuerui.
China also brought home the silver, when Wang Yihan beat India’s Saina Nehwal, who walked away with the bronze.
Gold: Rosie MacLennan, Canada
Silver: Huang Shanshan, China
Bronze: He Wenna, China
In one of the biggest surprises of the day so far, Canadian Rosie MacLennan stole the show in women’s trampoline. She overcame the pressure in the Chinese dominated sport to beat defending gold medalist He Wenna (bronze) and Huang Shanshan (silver).
For those that are unsure of trampoline in the Olympics, watch MacLennan’s final jumps and realize just how much skill is needed to pull off such amazing moves.
Women's Rowing Single Sculls
Gold: Miroslava Knapkova, Czech Republic
Silver: Fie Udby Erichsen, Denmark
Bronze: Kim Crow, Australia
In one of the most dominant races in singles rowing during the 2012 Olympics, Miroslava Knapkova of the Czech Republic stole the gold medal with a great time of 7:54.37.
While Knapkova was the unquestionable best Saturday, the battle between Fie Udby Erichsen of Denmark and Kim Crow of Australia was the real highlight of the race. They captured silver and bronze respectively.
Women's Rowing Lightweight Double Sculls
Gold: Katherine Copeland & Sophie Hosking, Great Britain
Silver: Xu Dongxiang & Huang Wenyi, China
Bronze: Christina Giazitzidou & Alexandra Tsiavou, Greece
The women’s rowing lightweight double sculls competition was great this year, and Great Britain’s own pair of Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking we’re able to thrill the local crowd with their gold-medal effort.
As for second and third, Xu Dongxiang and Huang Wenyi from China took silver, while Christina Giazitzidou and Alexandra Tsiavou from Greece snagged the bronze.
Women's Shooting 50-Meter Rifle, 3 Pos.
Gold: Jamie (Beyerle) Gray, USA
Silver: Ivana Maksimovic, Serbia
Bronze: Adela Sykorova, Czech Republic
Team USA has really stepped up their gun games this year, with Jamie (Beyerle) Gray stealing the show in the women’s shooting 50-meter rifle, three positions. With an amazing showing, the young American has made her dreams come true.
Ivana Maksimovic of Serbia and Adela Sykorova of the Czech Republic took home silver and bronze respectively.
Gold: Nicola Spirig, Switzerland
Silver: Lisa Norden, Sweden
Bronze: Erin Densham, Australia
In one of the greatest finishes of the 2012 Olympics, the women’s triathlon came down to a photo finish between Nicola Spirig of Switzerland and Lisa Norden of Sweden at an identical time of 1:59:48.00.
Upon review, Spirig beat Norden by the smallest of margins and stole the gold. While Norden got the silver, Australian star Erin Densham took the bronze.
Men's Lightweight Double Sculls
Gold: Mads Rasmussen & Rasmus Quist, Denmark
Silver: Zac Purchase & Mark Hunter, Great Britain
Bronze: Storm Uru & Peter Taylor, New Zealand
While the British fans in attendance of the rowing events have been treated to some serious dominance by Great Briatian, there was serious heartbreak Saturday as the favored hometown heroes Zac Purchase & Mark Hunter were forced to settle for silver as Denmark’s Mads Rasmussen & Rasmus Quist stole the show and the gold.
Storm Uru and Peter Taylor of New Zealand took the bronze.
Men's Rowing Four
Gold: Great Britain
With the hometown favorites winning the gold medal in the men’s rowing four, Great Britain has another great chapter in the books from the 2012 Olympics.
While the silver-medal winning Australians were favored to win, the cheers from the British crowd helped push GB to the gold. Team USA finished in third.
Men's Weightlifting 85 Kg
Gold: Adrian Edward Zielinski, Poland
Silver: Apti Aukhadov, Russia
Bronze: Kianoush Rostami, Iran
The 85 kilogram division of weightlifting was so close it came down to a tiebreaker for the top spot. Apti Aukhadov had the edge in the snatch portion of the competition, but Adrian Edward Zielinski made up for it with a one pound advantage in the clean and jerk.
Zielinski wins the gold because he reached the 385-kilogram mark first. Aukhadov had one chance to lift for the win but could not handle the weight.
Rostami needed only one successful lift in each category to earn the bronze.
Men's Fencing Team Sabre
Gold: South Korea
The final round proved to be the easiest for South Korea as the team cruised to a 45-26 win over Romania. Both Germany and Italy provided the champs with tough fights in the previous rounds, but South Korea was dominant against a team that should have been happy just to medal.
Russia was the favorite to take the gold as the reigning world champions, but a devastating loss to Romania in the semifinals proceeded another close defeat to Italy in the consolation match as they fell to fourth.
Men's 50-Meter Freestyle Swimming
Gold: Florent Manaudou, France
Silver: Cullen Jones, USA
Bronze: Cesar Cielo, Brazil
The fastest race at the Olympics featured the entire field being separated by 0.64 seconds. The event is only one length of the pool and the lack of distance allows upsets to happen more often.
Florent Manaudou proved this theory, as he finished third in his heat in the preliminary rounds and third in semifinal but first in the final.
Cullen Jones earned his second silver of the Olympics while Brazil's Cesar Cielo, the world record holder in this event, was only able to take home the bronze medal.
Women's 800-Meter Freestyle Swimming
Gold: Katie Ledecky, USA
Silver: Mireia Belmonte Garcia, Spain
Bronze: Rebecca Adlington, Great Britain
Missy Franklin has deservedly received plenty of hype as the teen sensation for the American swim team, but 15-year-old Katie Ledecky showed that Franklin is not alone. She easily won the longest race in the women's indoor competition by over four seconds and has set herself up to be a future star.
Rebecca Adlington was the defending Olympic gold medalist and the current world record holder, but she could not keep pace with the youngster. Mireia Belmonte Garcia earned her second silver of the games.
Men's 100-Meter Butterfly Swimming
Gold: Michael Phelps, USA
Silver: Chad le Clos, South Africa
Silver: Evgeny Korotyshkin, Russia
Michael Phelps continues to make history. He already had the most medals of all time, but he added another gold in his final individual race in his career. He also won the same event at three straight Olympics, something replicated by only himself earlier in the week.
Things looked dicey after the first lap, but Phelps closed strong as was able to touch the wall first like so many other times before.
Chad le Clos, who defeated Phelps in the 200-meter butterfly, finished in an exact tie with Russia's Evgeny Korotyshkin and they will both take the silver medal.
Women's 200-Meter Backstroke Swimming
Gold: Missy Franklin, USA
Silver: Anastasia Zueva, Russia
Bronze: Elizabeth Beisel, USA
Missy Franklin continues to show that she is swimming's next big thing as she earned her third gold medal of the Olympics, fourth overall.
In this race she set a new world record with a time of 2:04.06 and was in complete control throughout the race.
Teammate Elizabeth Beisel followed Anastasia Zueva to earn her second medal at London. She also won the silver in the 400-meter individual medley.
Women's Keiren Cycling
Gold: Victoria Pendleton, Great Britain
Silver: Shuang Guo, China
Bronze: Wai Sze Lee, Hong Kong
In the inaugural women's Keirin final at the Olympics, Victoria Pendleton continued Great Britain's dominance in cyclying.
She was trailing throughout most of the race, but made a great move with one lap remaining and held off her Chinese opponent in a photo finish.
Pendleton was disqualified from the team sprint competition earlier, so this gold represents a solid redemption in front of the home crowd.
Men's Cycling Team Pursuit
Gold: Great Britain
Bronze: New Zealand
Great Britain dominated the competition throughout and defended its gold medal from Beijing. They broke their own world record in the finals, finishing with a time of 3:51.659.
Australia kept the last race close in the beginning, but the team of Edward Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh were too much to handle.
New Zealand earned the bronze medal with a two-second win over Russia.
Women's 165-Lb. Weightlifting
Gold: Svetlana Podobedova, Kazakhstan
Silver: Natalya Zabolotnaya, Russia
Bronze: Iryna Kulesha, Belarus
Kazakhstan continued its assault on the podium when it comes to women's weightlifting as Svetlana Podobedova captured the gold medal in the 165-lb. heavyweight division. She and Russian silver medal winner Natalya Zabolotnaya technically tied with a total of 291 lbs. each, but the Kazakh lifter had the heaviest individual lift at 161 lbs. on the clean and jerk, and that was enough for gold.
Iryna Kulesha of Belarus finished a distant third, but it was good enough for a bronze medal. Podobedova and Zabolotnaya set Olympic records in the clean and jerk and snatch lifts respectively, so this was unquestionably one of the closest and most competitive weightlifting events in Olympic history.
Men's Individual Archery
Gold: Hyek Oh-Jin, South Korea
Silver: Takaharu Furukawa, Japan
Bronze: Dai Xiaoxiang, China
South Korea disappointed in the men's archery team competition as it was upset in the semifinals by the United States and ended up with a bronze medal, but the individual competition brought some vindication. Oh-Jin Hyek won the gold medal as he defeated Japan's Takaharu Furukawa by winning three of five sets and tying one.
Xiaoxiang Dai of China outlasted Rick van der Ven of the Netherlands in the bronze medal match by hitting a 10 in a shoot-off, while the Dutch archer only hit an eight. This event was certainly one that was dominated by Asian countries and 2012 represents the first year in which the podium will be comprised entirely on Asian archers at the Olympics.
Men's Heavyweight Judo
Gold: Teddy Riner, France
Silver: Alexander Mikhaylin, Russia
Bronze: Andreas Toelzer, Germany & Rafael Silva, Brazil
Thanks to a 10-point waza-ari in the gold-medal match, France's Teddy Riner managed to defeat Alexander Mikhaylin of Russia and become an Olympic champion. Riner won bronze in the same event in Beijing, but all of his hard work over the past four years certainly paid off as he ascended to gold-medal status.
Andreas Toelzer of Germany and Brazil's Rafael Silva each won bronze. France has a great history of success in the heavyweight division as David Douillet won gold in Atlanta and Sydney. Riner will have to repeat in Rio de Janeiro in order to reach Douillet's heights, but he deserves the opportunity to cherish his hard-fought gold for now.
Women's Heavyweight Judo
Gold: Idalys Ortiz, Cuba
Silver: Mika Sugimoto, Japan
Bronze: Karina Bryant, Great Britain & Tong Wen, China
The heavyweight division in women's judo has been a part of the Olympic program since 1992, and a Cuban woman has medaled each and every Olympics since. That trend continued on Day 7 as Idalys Ortiz took gold by defeated Mika Sugimoto of Japan by decision. Ortiz won a bronze in Beijing, but was able to take the next step four years later.
Beijing gold medalist Tong Wen of China and Great Britain's Karina Bryant each won their bronze-medal matches to reach the podium as well. The main storyline, however, is that Ortiz has joined Daima Beltran and Estela Rodriguez as Cuban icons in the sport.
Mixed Doubles Badminton
Gold: Zhang Nan & Zhao Yunlei, China
Silver: Xu Chen & Ma Jin, China
Bronze: Joachim Fischer & Christinna Pederson, Denmark
Badminton has been clouded by controversy in London due to a match-fixing scandal in women;s doubles, but the mixed doubles tournament proceeded as usual. It shouldn't come as any surprise that the gold-medal match featured two Chinese teams with Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao prevailing over Chen Xu and Jin Ma, who ended up with the silver.
The team of Joachim Fischer and Christinna Pederson from Denmark easily defeated Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia in the bronze-medal contest, 21-12, 21-12. The matches were of a high caliber and will hopefully help erase the memory of the cheating that has marred the sport in London thus far.
Gold: Dong Dong, China
Silver: Dmitry Ushakov, Russia
Bronze: Chunlong Lu, China
China picked up two more medals on Friday as Dong Dong took gold in the men's trampoline event, while countryman Lu Chunlong won the bronze. Sandwiched in between the Chinese pair was Russian Dmitry Ushakov who secured silver. Trampoline has only been contested since 2000, but it seems to be developing into one of China's specialties.
The roles are reversed in London compared to the results in Beijing as it was Chunlong winning gold with Dong taking bronze. The Chinese teammates switched places, but I'm not not sure the people of China care. Dong won by more than a full point over Ushakov and was clearly the top dog in London.
Men's 25-Meter Rapid Fire Pistol
Gold: Leuris Pupo, Cuba
Silver: Vijay Kumar, India
Bronze: Ding Feng, China
Cuba's Leuris Pupo came out on top in another hotly-contested shooting event on Friday as he won gold in the men's 25-meter rapid fire pistol competition. Pupo equaled the final world record with 34 points as he outlasted India's Vijay Kumar, who scored 30 and took silver. Third place and the bronze medal went to China's Feng Ding as he racked up 27 points and was the highest scorer who didn't advance to the final round.
Russia's Alexei Klimov was the favorite heading into the event as he set a world record in qualifying, but he finished a disappointing fourth, just four points behind Ding. This was certainly a landmark event as no shooter from Cuba, India or China had ever previously won a medal in the 25-meter rapid fire pistol, despite its inclusion in the program since the 1896 Athens Games.
Men's Single Sculls Rowing
Gold: Mahe Drysdale, New Zealand
Silver: Ondrej Synek, Czech Republic
Bronze: Alan Campbell, Great Britain
New Zealand's fine day on the River Thames continued on Friday as Mahe Drysdale won the second gold medal of Day 7 for the island nation in the men's single sculls final. Drysdale was able to hold off the hard charging Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic, who took silver, and Great Britain secured yet another rowing medal as well with Alan Campbell coming in third to take bronze.
New Zealand has five medals in total thus far in London and all but one of them have come in rowing. While New Zealand will never be a power that is able to go head-to-head against bigger countries in terms of medal count, it has definitely carved out a great niche for itself in rowing.
Men's 50-Meter Rifle, Prone
Gold: Sergei Martynov, Belarus
Silver: Lionel Cox, Belgium
Bronze: Rajmond Debevec, Slovenia
Olympic gold has been a long time coming for Sergei Martynov of Belarus and he finally made his dream a reality on Friday as he was victorious in the men's 50-meter rifle prone event. Martynov took bronze in both 2000 and 2004, but failed to medal at the Beijing Games. Martynov is now officially an Olympic champion, however.
Martynov set a final world record with a score of 705.5, beating Belgium's Lionel Cox by 4.3 points. Just behind Cox was Slovenia's Rajmond Debevec, who took bronze and won the first Olympic medal in this event for the nation of Slovenia.
Women's Double Sculls Rowing
Gold: Anna Watkins & Katherine Grainger, Great Britain
Silver: Kim Crow & Brooke Pratley, Australia
Bronze: Magdalena Fularczyk & Julia Michalska, Poland
There is no question that rowing has been Great Britain's top sport over the years in the Olympics and it added yet another gold medal to the trophy case on Day 7 as the women's double sculls rowing tandem of Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger dominated as expected. Australia's pairing of Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley grabbed the silver, the Polish team of Magdalena Fularczyk and Julia Michalska took bronze, a full 12 seconds behind the winners.
This is Great Britain's 26th all-time gold in rowing, which is behind only Germany and the United States. Few nations commit more to the sport of rowing than Great Britain, and it has most definitely shown in London.
Men's Rowing Pair
Gold: Eric Murray & Hamish Bond, New Zealand
Silver: Germain Chardin & Dorian Mortelette, France
Bronze: George Nash & William Satch, Great Britain
There was a very clear divide in the men's pairs rowing race as the top three teams were head and shoulders above the field, including the winning combo of New Zealand's Eric Murray and Hamish Bond. The New Zealanders won the race by nearly five seconds ahead of France's Germain Chardin and Dorian Mortelette who took silver, as well as Great Britain's George Nash and William Satch who nabbed the bronze.
None of the other three teams were really in contention, so the only true battle was between France and host Great Britain for silver and bronze. France edged the Brits by six-tenths of a second, but that didn't damper the home crowd's spirits. New Zealand continued its rich history of success in pairs rowing and rose above the rest.
Men's Quadruple Sculls Rowing
There wasn't much doubt about the results of the men's quadruple sculls rowing final on Day 7 as Germany, led by Tim Grohmann, Lauritz Schoof, Karl Schulze and Phillipp Wende, took gold thanks to a blistering pace. The Croatian team took the silver, while Australia was able to sneak into third and grab the bronze.
Estonia finished in fourth over a second outside the medals in what was certainly a spirited effort. The men's quadruple sculls is typically an event that has been very fluid throughout its Olympic tenure. No one country has dominated it, although this is Germany's sixth gold in the race and first since 1996.
Women's 100-Meter Freestyle Swimming
Gold: Ranomi Kromowidjojo (Netherlands)
Silver: Aliaksandra Herasimenia (Belarus)
Bronze: Yi Tang (China)
The last of the gold medal events in swimming concluded with the women's 100-meter freestyle event which saw Ranomi Kromowidjojo emerge as the event's latest Olympic gold medalist.
Kromowidjojo finished with a time of 53 seconds even with Belarus' Aliaksandra Herasimenia placing second with a time of 53.38 seconds. Just .06 seconds after Herasimenia finished the race, Tang Yi of China would secure the event's final medal, taking home the bronze.
Women's Team Foil Fencing
Bronze: South Korea
The Italians were able to take home the women's team foil fencing gold medal on Day 6 of the Olympics. The final bout in the competition saw Italy take on Russia in a match the former would win by a score of 45 to 31 points.
The bronze medal match took place earlier in the day with South Korea emerging as the victor over France. France totaled 32 points in the contest but struggled against a game South Korean team who finished with 45 points.
Men's 200-Meter Individual Medley Swimming
Gold: Michael Phelps (USA)
Silver: Ryan Lochte (USA)
Bronze: Cseh Laszlo (Hungary)
The dominance in the pool continues for Team USA, as Michael Phelps secures yet another gold medal for his country. In fact, this marks Phelps' third Olympic victory in the 200-meter individual medley, making him the first male swimmer to win the same race that many times in Olympic history.
Phelps' friendly rival Ryan Lochte finished just behind his United States teammate with Hungary's Cseh Laszlo securing the bronze medal for his country.
Men's 200-Meter Backstroke Swimming
Gold: Tyler Clary (USA)
Silver: Irie Ryosuke (Japan)
Bronze: Ryan Lochte (USA)
Just after Rebecca Soni captured the women's 200-meter breaststroke gold medal, the American men were able to deliver two more medals on the backs of Tyler Clary and Ryan Lochte.
Clary took home gold for the United States in the 200-meter backstroke while Lochte secured the bronze with times of 1:53.41 and 1:53.94 respectively. Finishing right in between them for silver was Japan's Irie Ryosuke who recorded a 1:53.78 time.
Women's 200-Meter Breaststroke Swimming
Gold: Rebecca Soni (USA)
Silver: Suzuki Satomi (Japan)
Bronze: Efimova Luliia (Russia)
Another swimming event, another gold medal for the United States. Rebecca Soni set a new world record for fastest time in the women's 200m breaststroke, finishing with a time of 2:19.59.
A little more than a second behind Soni was Japanese swimmer Suzuki Satomi who captured the silver medal in the event. Efimova Luliia would take home the Bronze for Russia with a score just .20 seconds slower than Suzuki.
Cycling Men's Team Sprint
Gold: Great Britain
It was an all-European podium at the men's cycling team sprint where Great Britain broke the world record in the event.
Britain finished just under .400 seconds better than the French team to secure their 63rd medal in the nation's cycling history. France still hold an astounding lead historically though, holding the most men's cycling records all-time with 87.
Cycling Women's Team Sprint
The Chinese team started off the team sprint with a stunning first round qualifying performance, breaking the world record for fastest time in the event. However, the team was unable to ride that momentum to the gold medal in the first ever event for the sport at the Olympics.
China initially looked like the victors in the competition, but were relegated from gold due to an illegal change over. That brought Germany the No. 1 spot and Australia rounded out the podium with bronze.
Women's Gymnastics Individual All-Around
Gold: Gabby Douglas (USA)
Silver: Viktoria Komova (Russia)
Bronze: Aliya Mustafina (Russia)
American Gabby Douglas continues her Michael Phelps-like rise to fame at the London Games, taking gold in the individual all-around final. Russia was able to have their top women's gymnasts take home the silver and bronze medals but once again finds itself bested by the United States.
Douglas was a member of the Team USA women's all-around team who took gold earlier in the Olympic games and now has another medal to add to her collection.
Shooting Men's Double Trap
Gold: Peter Wilson (Great Britain)
Silver: Hakan Dahlby (Sweden)
Bronze: Vasily Mosin (Russia)
Great Britain has had a very good Day 6 at the Olympics. In addition to two medals in the men's slalom and a silver in rowing, Peter Wilson added another gold to the mix with a dominating performance in the double trap.
Hakan Dahlby finished two shots behind Wilson, who scored 188 points to take the gold medal. It has been a good day for the athletes in Great Britain thus far, and there is more to come.
Judo Women's Half Heavyweight
Gold: Kayla Harrison (United States)
Silver: Gemma Gibbons (Great Britain)
Bronze: Mayra Aguiar (Brazil), Audrey Tcheumeo (France)
History was made for the United States in Judo, as Kayla Harrison became the first American woman to win a gold medal. The only other American to medal in the event is current Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey.
Harrison has become one of the best stories of these Olympics, coming back from all that she went through just to make it to London. An Olympic gold medal is just the icing on the cake.
Canoe Slalom Men's C-2
Gold: Great Britain (Tim Baillie, Etienne Stott)
Silver: Great Britain (David Florence, Richard Hounslow)
Bronze: Slovakia (Pavol Hochschorner, Peter Hockschorner)
In a surprise result at the canoe slalom, Great Britain took the top two spots in the canoe race on Thursday.
Slovakia was a heavy favorite in this event, having won this event three times in a row before today. For most people, winning a bronze medal would be a terrific achievement. For the Brothers Hochschorner, this is a stunning finish and one that almost no one saw coming.
Archery Women's Individual
Gold: Ki Bo-Bae (South Korea)
Silver: Aida Roman (Mexico)
Bronze: Mariana Avitia (Mexico)
Mexico had a very good day in women's archery, but it could have been a little bit better. Aida Roman took Ki Bo-Bae to a shoot-off in the gold medal match, as the two were tied with five set points at the end of regulation.
Bo-Bae started the shoot-off with an eight, leaving the door wide open for Roman. Unfortunately she also hit an eight, but Bo-Bae's was closer to the bullseye, so she was awarded the gold medal.
Rowing Women's Eight
The United States adds to its medal count with the women's eight rowing team capturing the gold with a time of six minutes, 10.59 seconds. Their time was nearly two full seconds ahead of runner-up Canada. It is the second straight Olympic gold for Team USA in this event.
The Netherlands will take its fourth overall medal of these Olympics and second bronze with a third-place finish.
Rowing Men's Double Sculls
Gold: New Zealand (Nathan Cohen, Joseph Sullivan)
Silver: Italy (Romano Battisti, Alessio Sartori)
Bronze: Slovenia (Iztok Cop, Luka Spik)
New Zealand's rowing success continues, as Cohen and Sullivan were able to get the first gold medal of these Olympics for that country. It is the third overall, with two bronze medals mixed in.
Cohen and Sullivan had a terrific run in the heats, setting themselves up for this spectacular finals run. They finished a half length ahead of the Italians to capture the gold.
Rowing Men's Lightweight Four
Gold: South Africa
Silver: Great Britain
South Africa doesn't have the biggest medal count at these Olympics, but when that country wins, it wins gold. The South African team gave the country its third gold medal of these Olympics.
It was one of the most thrilling races in London thus far, as South Africa won by less than one foot right at the end. Great Britain was forced to settle for a silver medal after entering the race with aspirations of a gold.
Women's 4x200-Meter Freestyle Relay
Team USA's star-studded lineup featured Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt. They didn't disappoint and delivered a flawless performance. Schmitt's anchor leg was a dominant finish to a true team effort.
Australia and France hung tight, but eventually Team USA's talent took over. This was expected given their prodigious abilities.
Women's Individual Sabre Fencing
Gold: Kim Jiyeon, South Korea
Silver: Sophia Velikaia, Russia
Bronze: Olga Kharlan, Ukraine
South Korean fencer Kim Jiyeon made short work of Russian challenger Sophia Velikaia in the gold medal match of the women's individual sabre on Day 5, beating her by a score of 15-9 in two periods. Jiyeon wasn't the favorite coming in to the Games, but managed to make a run to the top of the podium in 2012.
The Ukraine's Olga Kharlan defeated American Mariel Zagunis in the bronze medal match. Zagunis was the two-time defending Olympic gold medalist in the individual sabre. She was looking for a third consecutive gold after winning in Athens and Beijing in 2004 and 2008 respectively.
Men's Individual Epee Fencing
Gold: Ruben Limardo Gascon, Venezuela
Silver: Bartosz Piasecki, Norway
Bronze: Jung Jinsun, South Korea
Venezuela's Ruben Limardo Gascon emerged victorious in the men's individual epee fencing competition on Day 5, beating Norway's Bartosz Piasecki in the gold medal match to become an Olympic champion.
South Korea's Jung Jinsun beat American Seth Kelsey in the bronze medal match, keeping the Stars and Stripes off the podium. Limardo Gascon won his gold by a score of 15-10 over Piasecki.
Men's Weightlifting 77 Kg
Gold: Lu Xiaojun, China
Silver: Lu Haojie, China
Bronze: Ivan Cambar Rodriguez, Cuba
China finished 1-2 on the podium in the men's 77kg weightlifting on Day 5. Lu Xiaojun brought home a new world record and added yet another gold medal to China's count at the 2012 London Games.
Ivan Cambar Rodriguez gave the Cuban supporters something to smile about as well, finishing on the podium with a bronze medal.
Men's 100-Meter Freestyle Swimming
Gold: Nathan Adrian, USA
Silver: James Magnussen, Australia
Bronze: Brent Hayden, Canada
In what was an absolutely thrilling men's 100-meter freestyle final in London, American Nathan Adrian edged Australian swimmer James Magnussen by 0.01 of a second, to win gold.
Canadian Brent Hayden finished third to win the bronze medal. French superstar Yannick Agnel finished off the podium, touching the wall in fourth.
Women's 200-Meter Butterfly Swimming
Gold: Jiao Liuyang, China
Silver: Mireia Belmonte Garcia, Spain
Bronze: Natsumi Hoshi, Japan
China's Jiao Liuyang set a new Olympic record in the women's 200-meter butterfly final on Day 5. Liuyang took gold in a time of 2 minutes, 4.06 seconds.
Meanwhile, silver medalist Mireia Belmonte Garcia celebrated Spain's first medal of any kind at the 2012 London Olympics. Japan's Natsumi Hoshi came home third, taking the bronze medal.
American swimmers Kathleen Hersey and Cammile Adams missed out on the podium, finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
Men's 200-Meter Breaststroke Swimming
Gold: Daniel Gyurta, Hungary
Silver: Michael Jamieson, Great Britain
Bronze: Ryo Tateishi, Japan
Hungary's Daniel Gyurta set a new world record in the men's 200-meter breaststroke on Day 5, outlasting the competition and taking home gold in the process. Gyurta finished in a time of 2 minutes, 7.28 seconds.
Although Michael Jamieson had tremendous support from the poolside crowd, he wasn't able to chase down Gyurta, finishing a close second to snag another silver medal for the host nation.
Japan's Ryo Tateishi finished in bronze position, one second back of Gyurta.
Men's Gymnastics Individual All-Around
Gold: Kohei Uchimura, Japan
Silver: Marcel Nguyen, Germany
Bronze: Danell Leyva, USA
American Danell Leyva rallied on the high bar to win a bronze medal in the men's gymnastics individual all-around on Day 5, but it was Japanese superstar Kohei Uchimura living up to the hype and bringing home gold.
Uchimura finished with a score of 92.690, while Germany's Marcel Nguyen finished close behind with a 91.031. Leyva's 90.698 was made possible thanks to a clutch performance at the end on his final apparatus.
Men's Cycling Individual Time Trial
Gold: Bradley Wiggins, Great Britain
Silver: Tony Martin, Germany
Bronze: Christopher Froome, Great Britain
Great Britain’s pride and joy Bradley Wiggins has kept his amazing 2012 going by piggybacking his Tour De France win with a gold medal in the men's cycling individual time trial. What an amazing three weeks!
Germany’s Tony Martin grabbed the silver, but Great Britain had another native son in Christopher Froome steal the bronze. This was a great showing for the home country.
Men's Judo Middleweight 90 Kg
Gold: Song Dae-Nam, South Korea
Silver: Asley Gonzalez, Cuba
Bronze: Ilias Iliadis, Greece & Masashi Nishiyama, Japan
In one of the best judo weight divisions in the Olympics, South Korean star Song Dae-Nam stole the gold medal from Cuban Asley Gonzalez in a great final.
Ilias Iliadis from Greece and Masashi Nishiyama from Japan each won bronze medals.
Men's Kayaking K-1
Gold: Daniele Molmenti, Italy
Silver: Vavrinec Hradilek, Czech Republic
Bronze: Hannes Aigner, Germany
In one of the coolest events of the 2012 Olympics, the handmade kayak river was used as a slalom course for the K-1 event. If you missed this, find it online and enjoy some of the wildest action of the summer.
Daniele Molmenti of Italy walked away with the gold, while Vavrinec Hradilek of the Czech Republic and Hannes Aigner of Germany took the silver and bronze respectively.
Men's Synchronized Diving 3-Meter Springboard
Gold: Yutong Luo & Kai Qin, China
Silver: Ilya Zakharov & Evgeny Kuznetsov, Russia
Bronze: Troy Dumais & Kristian Ipsen, USA
The Chinese dominance of the diving competition continues as Yutong Luo and Kai Qin win yet another gold medal for China in the men's synchronized diving 3-meter springboard. No surprise here at all.
While Russians Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov had a great showing with a silver medal, it was Team USA’s Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen that surprised everyone.
Women's Weightlifting 69 Kg
Gold: Jong Sim Rim, North Korea
Silver: Roxana Daniela Cocos, Romania
Bronze: Maryna Shkermankova, Belarus
Every weightlifting event is a truly awe inspiring. Man or woman, these athletes are doing amazing things with some ridiculous weights.
The 69 Kg women were no different, watching Jong Sim Rim of North Korea edge out the field and grab her gold medal. Roxana Daniela Cocos of Romania and Maryna Shkermankova of Belarus grabbed silver and bronze respectively.
Women's Rowing Quadruple Sculls
In what has to be the biggest shock of the rowing events so far in the 2012 Olympics, the Ukrainian women's rowing quadruple sculls team shocked the field and stole the gold medal.
Favorites Germany and the United States received silver and bronze respectively, but the focus was on the Ukraine team and their amazing achievement.
Women's Shooting 25-Meter Pistol
Gold: Kim Jangmi, South Korea
Silver: Chen Ying, China
Bronze: Olena Kostevych, Ukraine
By one point, South Korean Kim Jangmi (792.4) topped favorite Chen Ying (791.4) in what was an amazing comeback by the Chinese star that fell just short.
Olena Kostevych of Ukraine won the bronze, but the talk was surrounding the battle between Jangmi and Ying over the gold medal.
Women's Table Tennis Singles
Gold: Li Xiaoxia, China
Silver: Ding Ning, China
Bronze: Feng Tianwei, Singapore
Besides synchronized diving, China’s stranglehold on Olympic table tennis is where they shine the brightest. In another classic example of that, Chinese stars Li Xiaoxia and Ding Ning played each other in the women’s singles finals for the gold medal.
While Xiaoxia won the gold, the fact that china walked away with gold and silver is amazing.
Feng Tianwei of Singapore won bronze.
Women's Team Archery
Gold: South Korea
In what has become an Asian dominated event, the top three medals went to the teams most thought would contend for gold. South Korea and China battled in a great war that saw the South Koreans winning by just one point.
The bronze medal match between Japan and Russian was one by two point, making the women’s team archery one of the best events of the day.
Women's Judo Middleweight 70 Kg
Gold: Lucie Décosse, France
Silver: Kerstin Thiele, Germany
Bronze: Yuri Alvear, Colombia & Edith Bosch, Netherlands
Despite not watching women’s judo much before the 2012 Olympics, the ferocity in which these women fight is amazing. With a win in the finals and a gold medal, France’s Lucie Décosse proved she is the best at 70 Kg.
Kerstin Thiele from Germany had a valiant effort in the finals, but was sent home with silver. Yuri Alvear of Colombia and Edith Bosch of the Netherlands took home bronze.
Women's Cycling Individual Time Trial
Gold: Kristin Armstrong, USA
Silver: Judith Arndt, Germany
Bronze: Olga Zabelinskaya, Russia
Team USA secured a huge gold medal in women's cycling individual time trial when defending gold medalist Kristin Armstrong stole the show again and blew away her competition. After having a child in 2010 and breaking her collarbone just a few weeks ago, Armstrong’s win is even more incredible.
Judith Arndt from Germany had a wonderful race and grabbed the silver, while Olga Zabelinskaya from Russia came in third place.
Men's Rowing Eight
Bronze: Great Britain
In what was the most exciting final of any rowing event so far in the 2012 Olympics, Germany won the gold medal with an impressive time of 5:48.75. Canada just missed the gold and was forced to walk away with silver after finishing just one second behind with a time of 5:49.98.
While Great Britain won the bronze, Team USA finished just .3 seconds off to come in fourth place. Hopefully all the rowing finals are as exciting as this one!
Women's Rowing Pair
Gold: Helen Glover & Heather Stanning, Great Britain
Silver: Kate Hornsey & Sarah Tait, Australia
Bronze: Juliette Haigh & Rebecca Scown, New Zealand
It finally happened!
Great Britain won their first gold medal of the 2012 Summer Olympics from London by stealing the show inthe Women's Rowing Pair event. The first-place tandem of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning raced their way to glory for themselves and their home country.
Kate Hornsey and Sarah Tait from Australia took the silver medal, and Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown from New Zealand captured the bronze.
Men's 4x200-Meter Freestyle Relay Swimming
Gold: United States
The United States took revenge against Frances as Michael Phelps made history. The French team defeated the Americans in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, but when the distance doubles, the two teams reversed the results.
The U.S. took gold with a time of 6:59.70, finishing more than three seconds ahead of France. China, Germany and Australia battled for bronze, with the Chinese edging out the other two countries to earn a medal.
This race gave Michael Phelps his 19th overall medal and 15th gold. He already had the record for most golds, but he has now surpassed Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina and become the most decorated Olympian in history.
Men's Weightlifting 152 Lbs.
Gold: Qingfeng Lin, China
Silver: Triyatno Triyatno, Indonesia
Bronze: Martin Constantin Razvan, Romania
The Chinese added to their medal count after a gold-medal winning performance from Qingfeng Lin, who lifted a combined 758 pounds (344 kilograms) between the snatch and clean and jerk positions.
He cruised to the gold medal while Indonesia's Triyatno Triyatno and Romania's Martin Constantin Razvan were separated by a single kilogram. Triyatno lifted a combined 734 pounds (333 kilograms) while Razvan came heartbreakingly close to silver medal with a score of 732 pounds (332 kilograms).
Women's 200-Meter Individual Medley Swimming
Gold: Shiwen Ye, China
Silver: Alicia Coutts, Australia
Bronze: Caitlin Leverenz, USA
The United States racked up yet another swimming medal on Tuesday as Caitlin Leverenz came in third and collected the bronze in the women's 200-meter individual medley. She was no match of the winner, however, as China's Shiwen Ye set an Olympic record en route to winning the gold. Australia's Alicia Coutts finished about six-tenths of a second behind Ye and took silver.
This race was littered with former Olympic medalists such as Stephanie Rice and Kirsty Coventry, but they were left off the podium. Another American in Ariana Kukors fell short as well, finishing in fifth. This wasn't considered to be one of the Americans' signature events, so a bronze is certainly something that fans of Team USA should be happy with.
Men's Individual Foil Fencing
Gold: Sheng Lei, China
Silver: Alaaeldin Abouelkassem, Egypt
Bronze: Byungchul Choi, South Korea
Foil fencing tends to be one of the most exciting and dramatic events in the Olympics, and the men's version certainly didn't disappoint as China's Sheng Lei earned a late touch on Egypt's Alaaeldin Abouelkassem to win 15-13 and take the gold medal. The Egyptian fencer led early in the third and final period, but he let things slip away late as Lei made a late charge and escaped victorious.
Byungchul Choi of South Korea won the bronze medal in heart-stopping fashion over Italy's Andrea Baldini as the score was tied at 14 after two periods. In fencing, the winner is whoever has more touches once time expires, or whoever reaches 15 first. The crowd knew that any touch in the third period would result in a win, so it was essentially a sudden-death battle that went the way of Choi.
Men's 200-Meter Butterfly Swimming
Gold: Chad le Clos, South Africa
Silver: Michael Phelps, USA
Bronze: Takeshi Matsuda, Japan
Although he led for the majority of the race, gold continues to elude Michael Phelps in London. The 200-meter butterfly is considered one of Phelps' best events, but he was surpassed by South African swimmer Chad le Clos late. Le Clos took the gold, while Phelps was awarded silver, just five one-hundredths of a second behind. Takeshi Matsuda touched up after Phelps to win bronze and complete the podium.
Phelps may not have won a gold medal, but his silver was good enough to tie him with Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina for the most career Olympic medals at 18. Phelps will have a few cracks at his 19th in the coming days, so he stands a great chance to become the unquestioned greatest Olympian of all time.
Phelps won gold in this event in both Beijing and Athens, but his inability to close things out reared its ugly head once again. Fellow American Tyler Clary, who made comments that were critical of Phelps' preparation prior to the London Games, finished in fifth, and was two seconds off the podium.
While Phelps may not be as dominant in London as he was in Beijing, he has still managed to add two medals to his impressive career haul thus far.
Women's 200-Meter Freestyle Swimming
Gold: Allison Schmitt, United States
Silver: Camille Muffat, France
Bronze: Bronte Barratt, Australia
Team USA had high hopes for nabbing two medals in the women's 200-meter freestyle swimming event as both Allison Schmitt and Missy Franklin entered the race as top contenders. The Americans only picked up one medal, but it was a gold as Schmitt paced the field. Franklin finished fourth as she faded down the stretch, while France's Camille Muffat took silver, and Bronte Barratt of Australia won the bronze medal.
Schmitt blew out the field as she won by nearly two seconds and set a new Olympic record in the process. Perhaps the more noteworthy story was that of Franklin as the 17-year-old phenom lost out on a medal by a one-hundredth of a second.
The gold is the third medal for the 22-year-old Schmitt of these Games as she captured a silver in the 400-meter freestyle and a bronze in 4x100-meter freestyle relay. Franklin was supposed to be the preeminent female swimmer in London, and while she has acquitted herself well so far with two medals, Schmitt has been the one who has stolen the show.
Women's Team Gymnastics
Gold: United States
The United States entered the women's team gymnastics competition as heavy favorites to win gold, and while the expected result doesn't always come to fruition at the Olympics, it did this time. The American team of Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross, which had been dubbed as the Fab Five, blew away the competition en route to team gold.
Team USA beat Russia, who took the silver, by more than five points. Romania two points further behind and took the bronze. Perhaps the most surprising result was that China, which won team gold in Beijing, finished out of the medals in fourth place.
It would be fair to categorize the United States' win as a fairly easy one as evidenced by first-place finishes in vault, balance beam and floor exercise. The Americans were only third in uneven bars, but that was more than good enough to warrant a gold medal.
Every member of the American team did its job as Maroney, the vault specialist, was tops in that discipline and Raisman, the floor exercise specialist, was No. 1 in that event as well. Douglas was steady in all four events, while Wieber bounced back from the disappointment of failing to qualify for the all-around by performing well in the vault and floor exercise.
This team gold is the first for the United States since the 1996 Atlanta Games and is one that was certainly craved by American fans after the team came up just short in Beijing.
Women's Weightlifting 139 Lbs.
Gold: Maiya Maneza, Kazakhstan
Silver: Svetlana Tsarukaeva, Russia
Bronze: Christine Girard, Canada
Three more women's weightlifting medals were handed out on Tuesday as Kazakhstan's Maiya Maneza came out on top with an Olympic record of 245 lbs. lifted. Maneza made up for teammate Irina Nekrassova's near miss in Beijing as she fell just short of the gold. Maneza already held the clean-and-jerk world record, and now she can add an Olympic record to her impressive resume.
Svetlana Tsarukaeva of Russia nabbed the silver as she came up eight lbs. short of Maneza. Christine Girard of Canada won the bronze. She finished just one lb. shy of Tsarukaeva, but she also beat Turkey's Sibel Simsek by one lb. Girard's medal was the third of an impressive Day 4 for Canada.
Canoe Men's Slalom C-1
Gold: Tony Estanguet, France
Silver: Sideris Tasiadis, Germany
Bronze: Michal Martikan, Slovakia
After major disappointment in Beijing, French canoe star Tony Estanguet is once again at the pinnacle of his sport as he won Olympic gold in the men's C-1 slalom for the third time in his illustrious career. The 34-year-old Estanguet turned the trick in 2000 and 2004, but he failed to qualify for the finals in 2008. Estanguet certainly reasserted his dominance with a time of 97.06 seconds, however.
Sideris Tasiadis of Germany won the first Olympic medal of his career as he placed second and took the silver. Estanguet's biggest rival, Slovakia's Michal Martikan, won the bronze. It was the fifth career Olympic medal for Martikan in the event as the 33-year-old veteran won gold in Atlanta and Beijing, as well as silver in Sydney and Athens.
Women's Judo Half Middleweight
Gold: Urska Zolnir, Slovenia
Silver: Lili Xu, China
Bronze: Yoshi Ueno, Japan & Gevrise Emane, France
In what was a hotly-contested gold-medal match, Slovenia's Urska Zolnir outlasted China's Lili Xu to win the women's half middleweight judo competition. Zolnir scored a waza-ari early in the bout, which is the second-highest score in judo, worth 10 points. Xu tried to fight back and actually scored a one-point yuko as time expired, but it wasn't enough to beat the Slovenian fighter.
Zolnir won bronze in the event at the Athens Games in 2004, and now she has a gold medal to add to her trophy case. Xu took the silver, while Japan's Yoshi Ueno and France's Gevrise Emane each won their bronze-medal matches and will take some hardware home as well.
Men's Judo Half Middleweight
Gold: Jae-Bum Kim, South Korea
Silver: Ole Bischof, Germany
Bronze: Ivan Nifontov, Russia & Antoine Valois-Fortier, Canada
In what was a rematch of the gold-medal contest in Beijing four years ago, South Korea's Jae-Bum Kim and Germany's Ole Bischof did battle once again for supremacy in the men's half middleweight judo division. Bischof was the victor in Beijing, but things were different in London as Kim scored two yukos and shut his nemesis out to score the gold.
Bischof took silver, while Russia's Ivan Nifontov and Canada's Antoine Valois-Fortier each took bronze as judo's tournament bracket lends itself to two bronze-medal matches.
Women's Synchronized Diving 10 M Platform
Gold: Chen Ruolin & Wang Hao, China
Silver: Alejandra Orozco Loza & Espinosa Paola, Mexico
Bronze: Roseline Filion & Meaghan Benfeito, Canada
No surprise in this event, as Ruolin Chen and Hao Wang were the defending gold medalists from four years ago in Beijing and won the FINA World Diving Championships back in February. Both divers are just 19 years old, so they have a great chance to go for a three-peat in four years, if they choose to.
Men's Skeet Shooting
Gold: Vincent Hancock, USA
Silver: Golding Anders, Denmark
Bronze: Nasser Al-Attiya, Qatar
Hancock entered this event as the overwhelming favorite, which could have easily led to a lot of disappointment if he settled for anything less than a gold medal. The good news is, he more than lived up to his hype by winning a second consecutive Olympic gold in this event.
And, oh by the way, Hancock set a new Olympic record with 148 total points. He scored a perfect 25 in the finals to secure his gold medal.
Silver: Great Britain
Bronze: New Zealand
With Prince William and Princess Kate in attendance, Great Britain was able to come out of the Team Equestrian event with a silver medal.
Zara Phillips knocked down a fence in the showjumping section to knock Great Britain down a little bit, though the team was still able to secure a silver in the event.
The Germans were able to secure a victory with a near-flawless performance in the showjumping part of the event and break the hearts of everyone in attendance.
Men's Weightlifting 62kg
Gold: Un Guk Kim, DPR of Korea
Silver: Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera, Colombia
Bronze: Irawan Eko Yuli, Indonesia
Kim separated himself from the pack with an terrific showing in the snatch portion of the competition, posting an Olympic record of 153 kg. When combined with his clean and jerk score, he set a world record for the division.
He was followed by Mosquera of Colombia and Yuli of Indonesia. Jie Zhang of China just missed on out the podium in a hotly-contested fight for the top three.
Women's 100-Meter Breaststroke
Gold: Ruta Meilutyte, Lithuania
Silver: Rebecca Soni, United States
Bronze: Satomi Suzuki, Japan
In the day's most exciting swimming final, it was a 15-year-old Lithuanian who came out on top. Meilutyte swam the race of her life and was able to out-touch Soni by a razor-thin margin of eight one-hundredths of a second to earn the gold medal.
It was still a very respectable performance by Soni, who will get silver. Nobody else was withing striking distance of the top two. Suzuki earned the bronze for third place, but was nearly a full second off the pace set by Meilutyte.
Men's 100-Meter Backstroke
Gold: Matt Grevers, United States
Silver: Nick Thoman, United States
Bronze: Ryosuke Irie, Japan
The Americans have stated to pick up some momentum. After Missy Franklin won the 100-meter backstroke, Grevers took gold in the men's version of the event to make it a clean sweep for the United States. He did it in an Olympic-record time of 52.16 seconds.
While Grevers' success was expected, Thoman's silver will come as a pleasant surprise. He wasn't widely viewed as a big contender before the Games started. Irie rounds out the podium by earning a bronze for Japan.
Women's 100-Meter Backstroke
Gold: Missy Franklin, United States
Silver: Emily Seebohm, Australia
Bronze: Aya Terakawa, Japan
Franklin, a 17-year-old rising star from California, claimed the first gold medal of her Olympic career in the 100-meter backstroke. Her time of 58.33 seconds set an American record despite the fact she had just finished qualifying for the 200-meter freestyle.
Seebohm and Terakawa came in second and third respectively, but didn't have enough pace to keep up with Franklin who pulled away from the field with relative ease. It might be her first Olympic gold, but she'll be making the podium trip quite a few more times in her career.
Men's 200-Meter Freestyle
Gold: Yannick Agnel, France
Silver: Park Tae-Hwan, Korea
Silver: Sun Yang, China
It appears Ryan Lochte has met his match. One day after chasing down the American star to lead France to relay gold, Agnel blew away the field to claim an individual gold in the 200-meter freestyle. He won the race by nearly two seconds.
Park Tae-Hwan and Sun Yang tied, yes tied, for second place, so they will both receive a silver medal for their efforts. Lochte finished in fourth place, .11 seconds from earning a spot on the podium. A disappointing result to say the least.
Men's Team All-Around Gymnastics
Bronze: Great Britain
China was able to defend its men's team all-around gold medal from four years ago with another tremendous performance. Feng Zhe and Zhang Chenglong led the way as the Chinese squad won handily by more than four points.
There was controversy when it came to the final two medals, though. They were originally awarded to Great Britain (silver) and Ukraine (bronze). After a successful appeal from the Japanese squad, however, Japan was given the silver and that forced Great Britain to get bronze instead.
Ukraine doesn't receive a medal as it slides down to fourth and a disappointing performance from the United States lands the Americans in fifth.
Women's Weightlifting 58 Kg
Gold: Li Xueying, China
Silver: Pimsiri Sirikaew, Thailand
Bronze: Yuliya Kalina, Ukraine
After setting an Olympic record with a 108 Kg in the snatch and amassing a very impressive 138 Kg in the clean & jerk, Chinese star Li Xueying won the gold medal in the Women's Weightlifting 58 Kg event.
With everyone else eating Xueying’s dust, Pimsiri Sirikaew of Thailand took the silver and Yuliya Kalina of Ukraine took the bronze.
Men's Synchronized Diving 10-Meter Platform
Gold: Cao Yuan & Zhang Yanquan, China
Silver: Ivan Garcia Navarro & German Sanchez, Mexico
Bronze: David Boudia & Nick McCrory, USA
The Chinese diving team continues their dominance at the Olympics with