London 2012 – Latest News

London 2012 – Latest News

Medal Count (last updated 7:30 PM PST, Aug 9)-

Rank by Gold Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 39 25 26 90
2 37 24 19 80
3 25 13 14 52
4 12 21 23 56
5 12 7 6 25
6 10 16 11 37
7 8 9 12 29
8 8 4 3 15
9 7 6 6 19
10 6 13 10 29
11 6 0 3 9
12 5 14 14 33
13 5 5 6 16
14 4 4 1 9
15 4 0 1 5
16 3 3 4 10
17 3 3 3 9
18 3 3 2 8
19 3 2 5 10
20 3 1 6 10
21 3 1 1 5
22 2 7 2 11
23 2 5 2 9
24 2 4 3 9
25 2 3 3 8
26 2 2 7 11
27 2 2 3 7
28 2 1 6 9
29 2 1 1 4
30 2 1 0 3
31 2 0 2 4
32 1 5 10 16
33 1 3 3 7
34 1 1 2 4
35 1 1 1 3
35 1 1 1 3
37 1 1 0 2
38 1 0 1 2
38 1 0 1 2
38 1 0 1 2
41 1 0 0 1
41 1 0 0 1
41 1 0 0 1
44 0 3 3 6
45 0 3 2 5
46 0 2 3 5
47 0 2 0 2
48 0 1 3 4
48 0 1 3 4
50 0 1 2 3
50 0 1 2 3
50 0 1 2 3
53 0 1 1 2
53 0 1 1 2
53 0 1 1 2
53 0 1 1 2
53 0 1 1 2
53 0 1 1 2
53 0 1 1 2
60 0 1 0 1
60 0 1 0 1
60 0 1 0 1
60 0 1 0 1
60 0 1 0 1
60 0 1 0 1
66 0 0 2 2
66 0 0 2 2
66 0 0 2 2
66 0 0 2 2
70 0 0 1 1
70 0 0 1 1
70 0 0 1 1
70 0 0 1 1
70 0 0 1 1
70 0 0 1 1
70 0 0 1 1
70 0 0 1 1
70 0 0 1 1
70 0 0 1 1
70 0 0 1 1

Medal Winners-

Country Athlete Sport

Gold

Silver Bronze Total
4 2 0 6
4 0 1 5
3 1 1 5
3 0 0 3
2 2 1 5
2 1 1 4
2 1 0 3
2 1 0 3
2 1 0 3
2 1 0 3
2 1 0 3
2 0 1 3
2 0 1 3
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
2 0 0 2
1 3 1 5
1 2 0 3
1 2 0 3
1 2 0 3
1 2 0 3
1 2 0 3
1 1 2 4
1 1 1 3
1 1 0 2
1 1 0 2
1 1 0 2
1 1 0 2
1 1 0 2
1 1 0 2
1 1 0 2
1 1 0 2
1 1 0 2
1 1 0 2

August 7 Updates:

  • Fun fact: Great Britain has now won 20(+) gold medals (as of Aug 7, 9AM PST). It’s the country’s highest number of golds at an Olympics since the 1908 London Games.
  • Great Britain cyclist Chris Hoy won his sixth gold medal. He is now tops all-time in Olympic gold for any British Olympian.
  • In the final gymnastics event of the Olympic Games, Team USA’s Aly Raisman earned GOLD on floor exercise. She becomes the 1st American to win a gold medal in floor exercise. Also captured bronze in beam.

August 6, US Women Come up Big vs Canada-

  • Women’s Soccer: USA > Canada, we wrote about it here.
  • Men’s Basketball: This U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team is living proof that the best defense is a good offense. The road to gold in London is built on scores, not stops. Durant scored 17 of his 28 points during the Americans’ 42-point third quarter, turning a one-point game into a blowout that sent the U.S. soaring into the quarterfinals with a 126-97 victory on Monday night. Read more here.

August 5, Bolt does it again-

  • 100M dash- Usain Bolt runs Olympic Record of 9.63, Yohan Blake ran 9.75 for silver, Justin Gatlin runs 9.79 for bronze, Tyson Gay runs 9.80 for fourth.

August 4, Serena Williams and her crip walk-

  • Serena Williams won her gold-medal match against Maria Sharapova, and she won it in dominant fashion. she took the match 6-0, 6-1. Sharapova was lucky to take even one game, as Williams was at the top of her game today. The best part of the match came afterwards, when Williams celebrated with what is probably the first crip walk at the All England Club.

August 3 Updates-

  • 15-year-old Katie Ledecky dominates the 800m free to pick up another gold for the USA.
  • Michael Phelps won an Olympic record 17th gold in the 100-meter butterfly, his final individual race.
  • Missy Franklin wins third gold, crushes field in 200M backstroke.
  • Abby Wambach’s fourth goal of the tournament helped push USA into the Olympic semi-finals as New Zealand’s hopes were dashed by the 2-0 final score.
  • Roger Federer is now one victory away from his first Olympic Singles Tennis gold medal after a remarkable 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 19-17 victory over Juan Martin Del Potro in the semi-finals.

August 2 Updates-

  • Kayla Harrison won the first judo gold medal in Olympic history for the U.S., taking the 78-kilogram title today at the London Games.
  • Gabby Douglas wins gold in the women’s gymnastics individual all-around finals. GOLD: Gabby Douglas – USA – 62.232 SILVER: Victoria Komova – Russia – 61.973 BRONZE: Aliya Mustafina – Russia – 59.566
  • Men’s Basketball – Russia beats Brazil 75-74 thanks to a crazy corner 3-pointer with 4 seconds left. GIF: ble.ac/OIVKkx
  • Rebecca Soni (U.S.) nabs another world record, picks up gold in the 200m breaststroke final.
  • Phelps set the tone right from the start Thursday to become the first male swimmer to win the same individual event at three straight Olympics, capturing the 200-meter individual medley for his 20th career medal — and 16th gold. He touched in 1 minute, 54.27 seconds, just off his winning time in Beijing but still good enough for gold. Lochte settled for silver and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh took the bronze.
  • Instant Analysis of Men’s Basketball: Team USA 156, Nigeria 73

August 1 Recap-

  • Great Britain celebrated their first gold medal of the London 2012 Games: Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain recieved his gold medal in Road Cycling. He wrote his name in history after becoming the first man to win the Tour de France and Olympic gold in the same year with his victory.
  • Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won easilyin the final of the women’s Rowing Pair to give GB their second gold of the day.
  • Brazil’s men’s soccer team continued their impressive progress with a 3-0 defeat of New Zealand. Egypt joined them in qualifying for the last eight from Group C with a 3-1 defeat of Belarus.
  • In men’s Hockey, Australia defeated Spain 5-0, Pakistan beat Argentina 2-0, New Zealand topped India 3-1, and Holland took care of Belgium 3-1 while South Africa drew 2-2 with Great Britain.
  • In women’s singles Table Tennis, Xiaoxia Li upset fellow country-woman Ning Ding to claim gold.
  • Japan’s Kohei Uchimura won Individual Men’s All-Around Artistic Gymnastics gold.
  • Serena Williams advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Russia’s Vera Zvonareva in a match which displayed Serena’s maing strength – her will. On the other hand, her sister Venus was eliminated after losing her third-round match to Angelique Kerber of Germany.
  • In the men’s 100m Freestyle, Nathan Adrian out-touched James Magnussen of Australian (nicknamed “The Missile”) by one one-hundredth of a second to win the gold. It is Adrian’s first gold medal and second Olympic medal overall.
  • In the women’s 4×200 Free relay, Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Shannon Vreeland and anchor Allison Schmitt pushed the United States in front to win the gold at the London Olympics on Wednesday. Schmitt’s 1:54.09 was the fastest leg of a new American Record and a new Olympic Record in the event. It was also only .84 second off the World Record pace. Australia led by a half-second entering the anchor leg, but Schmitt turned on the jets, forcing the Australians to settle for silver with a time of 7:44.41.
  • Some great photos – Swimming at the London 2012 Olympics

July 31, Team USA doing work-

  • U.S. Women Win Gymnastics Team Gold Medal- It’s final, US Women win it. China doesn’t medal. Way ahead of the competition, too: 5 points ahead of the Russians. The scores are: 1) U.S. with 183.596, 2) Russia with 178.530 and 3) Romania with 176.414. Read more here.
  • Final from Manchester: The US Women’s National Soccer Team take top spot in Group G with a 1-0 win against Korea DPR. Onto the quarterfinals! More about the match here.
  • Missy Franklin missed the Bronze in 200m free final by .01 secs.
  • Phelps won silver in the 200 butterfly and capped off the night by winning gold in the 4×200 freestyle relay in the London Games on Tuesday. Phelps is now the owner of 15 gold, two silver and two bronze medals. He’s the most decorated Olympian of all time. Full recap here.
  • USA defeats Tunisia 110-63 as Melo & Kevin Love each put up 16, KD 13 points & 10 rebounds. Ben Romdhane lead Tunisia with 22 & 11. Even Durant did some celebrating.
  • Check out a full recap of the day via our friends at Neon Tommy.

July 30, Athlete of the Day-

After taking final qualifying spot in 200m freestyle semis, Missy Franklin had a 14-min break before winning gold in 100m backstroke. She went out and won the race, in an American-record 58.33 seconds. Oh, any by the way, she’s on 17 years old. Not bad, not bad at all Missy. Unfortunately, because of amateur status, Franklin can’t accept a $25K USOC bonus & a $75K USA Swimming bonus for her gold. Either way … *Round of applause*

Video: Aussie Olympians Dancing in the 2012 London Olympic Village-

An Italian athlete has posted footage on his Facebook page that appears to be Aussie rowers in their Speedos dancing in front of a crowd in the Olympic Village.

Video: Parents reaction to their USA gymnast-

 

July 29, 2012

Swimming-

  • 4×100 Freestyle Relay: The USA had led from the start and appeared to be on course for gold but Yannick Agnel (France) moved ahead of Ryan Lochte in the final 10m to claim the title in 3:09.83. Michael Phelps won his first medal of the London 2012 Games and his 17th overall.
  • France’s Camille Muffat set a new Olympic Games record to secure gold in the women’s 400m Freestyle at the Aquatics Centre. USA swimmer Allison Schmitt finished second, with Rebecca Adlington claiming bronze – Great Britain’s first London 2012 medal in the pool.

Football-

  • Neymar solidified his status as one of the hottest prospects in world football by scoring a breathtaking free-kick to help 
    Brazil beat Belarus 3-1 at Old Trafford.
  • Spain suffered a rare football setback, going out of the men’s Olympic tournament on Sunday after losing 1-0 to Honduras.

Men’s Basketball-

  • The United States’ men’s Basketball team lived up to their dominant reputation with a 98-71 victory over France in their opening game of London 2012.
  • The Brazil men’s Basketball team celebrate after defeating the Australians 75-71 on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena.
  • Nigeria almost squandered a 19-point lead but hung on to beat Tunisia. They dominated the first half and had led 29-10 midway through the second quarter.
  • Russia took care of GB 95-75, behind a dominating performance by Andrei Kirilenko (35 pts, 14-17 shooting).
  • Spain handled business as they beat China 97-81. Pau Gasol had 21 pts & 11 rebs, Ibaka added 17pts, and Navarro chipped in with 14 of his own.

Weightlifting-

  • Om Yun Chol claimed gold in sensational style after double world champion and pre-competition favourite Wu Jingbiao failed to make his last lift in a thrilling finale to the men’s Weightlifting 56kg category. His overall total of 293kg was four kilos more than managed by Wu (289kg), who had to settle for silver, with fellow A group lifter Valentin Hristov, 18, claiming bronze – a first-ever weightlifting Olympic Games medal for Azerbaijan.

Diving-

  • China’s Wu Minxia secured her place in Olympic history with a hat-trick of Synchronised 3m Springboard titles alongside He Zi at today’s opening Diving event at the Aquatics Centre. Abigail Johnston and Kelci Bryant of Team USA came in 2nd, while Emelie Heymans and Jennifer Abel of Canada finished 3rd.

 

Ten facts about the Opening Ceremony -

• One billion – estimated number people around the world who were watching
• 10,500 – how many athletes took part in the celebrations
• 62,000 – fans in the crowd
• 70 – number of sheep used to recreate British countryside
• £2,012/$3,164 – price of the most expensive ticket on sale for Opening Ceremony
• 10,000 – number of professional performers who took part
• 23,000 – how many costumes were worn during the show
• 2,000 – number of staff, crew and suppliers involved
• 27 – weight in tons of the bell that rung to mark the start of show
• £27 million/$42.3 million- cost of the Olympics opening ceremony

Opening Ceremony-

 

Olympic Rings assemble over the stadium. 

Olympic Flame speeds to the Stadium along the Thames
The athletes have arrived …
The Olympic Stadium glows at night in the Olympic Park.

The Olympic Stadium is transformed into a British countryside for the opening scene of the Green and Pleasant land ahead of the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Children dance round one of four maypoles in the rural British meadow scene during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Performers playing the roles of The Queen and James Bond parachute spectacularly out of a helicopter hovering above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony.

 Setting everything up …

Archery-

  • The Republic of Korea has claimed the first world records of London 2012 with a stunning display in the men’s Archery ranking round. Im Dong-hyun, Korea, broke his own 72-arrow mark of 696 by three points and was also part of arecord in the Team shoot.

July 26, 2012

Football-

  • Japan produced a shocking result at Hampden Park, where they beat Spain 1-0 in Group D.
  • Brazil, meanwhile, were led by Oscar as they defended against a strong comeback from Egypt to win 3-2.
  • Great Britain opened their London 2012 campaign with a 1-1 draw against Senegal at Old Trafford.
  • Gabon got a hard-fought point in the Group B opener as they battled to a 1-1 draw with 10-man Switzerland.