Gabby Douglas won the women’s all-around gymnastics title, becoming the third straight American to win the sport’s biggest prize and the first African-American. It’s her second gold medal of the London Games, coming two nights after she and her “Fierce Five” teammates gave the United States its first Olympic title since 1996.
– Michael Phelps got one last win over Ryan Lochte, winning the 200-meter individual medley to claim his 20th career medal — and 16th gold. He became the first male swimmer to win the same individual event at three straight Olympics.
– Kayla Harrison became the first American judo champion in the Olympics, winning the gold medal in the under-78-kilogram division by beating Britain’s Gemma Gibbons 2-0. Harrison was sexually abused as a child by a judo coach who later was sentenced to 10 years in prison and expelled for life from the sport.
– American Rebecca Soni set her second world record in as many days to defend her Olympic title in the 200 breaststroke. She finished in 2:19.59, breaking her own mark of 2:20.00 set in the semifinals.
– American Tyler Clary rallied on the final lap to pull off the upset in the 200 backstroke, passing Ryan Lochte on the last lap to win the gold medal. Ryosuke Irie of Japan got the silver and Lochte ended up with the bronze.
– Carmelo Anthony set the U.S. Olympic mark for points in a basketball game — in less than three quarters. He scored 37, going 10 of 12 on 3-pointers, to lead the U.S. to an epic blowout against Nigeria, 156-73. Russell Westbrook scored 21 and Kobe Bryant added 16. The Americans also set the Olympic record for points in a game and points in a half (78). Brazil held the previous Olympic record of 138 points, against Egypt in 1988
– Rafalca, a horse part-owned by Ann Romney, and rider Jan Ebeling posted a score good for 13th place in equestrian dressage with half the 50 competitors still to go. The wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney watched from the VIP section, gave horse and rider a standing ovation, and said the performance “thrilled me to death.”
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