August 02, 2012
Phelps Sets Another Swimming Record in London
It was another day record-setting day for U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps and a gold medal for Russia brought President Vladimir Putin jumping for joy at the Summer Olympic Games in London Thursday.
Phelps won gold in the 200-meter individual medley, becoming the first swimmer in Olympic history to win the event in three straight Games. He defeated his fellow American and biggest rival, Ryan Lochte, who holds the current world record in the event. This was Phelps' 20th medal overall. He set the record as the winningest Olympic athlete of all time earlier this week.
Also Thursday, gymnast Gabby Douglas of the United States beat out two Russians to win the gold in the women's all-around. The 16-year-old Douglas is the first African American female to win the women's all-around event. Russians Viktoria Komova and Alyia Mustafina took silver and bronze.
Russian President Vladimir Putin leapt to his feet and pumped both fists in the air when Tagir Khaibulaev won the gold in the men's judo finals, defeating an opponent from Mongolia.
In men's basketball action, France beat Lithuania. Australia topped China. Argentina beat Tunisia, and Russia edged out Brazil.
Other gold medal winners Thursday included host country Britain for cycling, shooting, and whitewater canoeing, China took a gold for table tennis, South Korea for archery and fencing, and South Africa for rowing.
The always anticipated track and field competition gets under way Friday.
So far, the United States leads in the medal count with 37. China is a close second with 34. Japan is third with 19, followed by Germany and Russia with 17 and France with 16.