The much-anticipated women's football final turned out to be a physical and long game as the United States won in overtime, 2-1, over Brazil. Abby Wambach's extra time goal put the team filled with retiring greats on top of the podium with a gold medal. 2003 World Cup champion Germany defeated Sweden, 1-0, to take the bronze.
The win helped the United States move further ahead in the medal table with 28 gold and 83 total. China has 25 gold and 54 overall. Australia is currently third with 42 overall medals including 16 gold. Russia, Japan and Germany follow in the official standings ranked by number of gold medals.
Germany won the women's field hockey gold medal with a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands. Anke Kuehn scored in the sixth minute while Franziska Gude got the game winner in the 20th minute. Argentina took a 1-0 win over China to claim the bronze.
The Olympic Aquatic Centre was the venue for the women's water polo final and bronze medal games. Italy emerged the big winner, beating host Greece, 10-9, in overtime. The United States won the bronze, beating Australia, 6-5.
The women's 49-kilogram category of taekwondo was won by Chen Shih Hsin of Taiwan. Cuban Yanelis Labrada took silver while the bronze went to Yaowapa Boorapolchai of Thailand.
Chu Mu Yen was the men's taekwondo champion in the 58-kilogram weight class. Mexican Oscar Salazar finished in second place while Tamer Bayoumi was third.
Andrey Moisev of Russia won the gold medal in the men's modern pentahlon. He topped the field in the shooting, fencing, swimming, equestrian and cross-country running disciplines at the Goudi Olympic Complex. Andrejus Zadneprovskis of Lithuania won silver, while Libor Capalini of the Czech Republic took bronze.
Hamish Carter of New Zealand won the men's Olympic triathlon in a time of 1 hour, 51 minutes, 7.73 seconds. Bevan Docherty of New Zealand won the silver. Sven Riederer of Switzerland got the bronze.
Another big day of athletics at the main Olympic stadium included a U.S. sweep of the men's 200-meter sprint. Shawn Crawford won with a time of 19.79 seconds. Bernard Williams got the silver (20.01). Justin Gatlin, the 100-meter winner, took the bronze (20.03).
Dwight Phillips added another gold medal to the U.S. total with a long jump of 8.59 meters. American John Moffitt got the silver medal. Spaniard Joan Lino Martinez won the bronze.
Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic won the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 47.63 seconds. Danny McFarlane of Jamaica got the silver medal (48.11). Naman Keita of France won the bronze (48.26).
Jung Ji-hyun of South Korea won the gold medal in the 60-kilogram weight division of Greco-Roman wrestling. He beat Roberto Monzon Gonzalez of Cuba, 3-0, in overtime. Armen Nazarian of Bulgaria won the bronze.
Alexandr Dokturishivili of Uzbekistan won gold in the 74-kilogram class with a 4-1 victory over Marko Yli-Hannuksela of Finland. Varteres Samourgachev of Russia won the bronze.
In the 96-kilogram division, Karam Ibrahim of Egypt took top honors with a convincing 12-1 win over Ramaz Nozadze of Georgia. Mehmet Ozal of Turkey won the bronze medal.
Jumping off the 3-meter springboard at the aquatic center, Guo Jingjing of China won the women's gold medal with a score of 633.15. Wu Minxia of China won the silver medal (612.00). Yulia Pakhalina of Russia got the bronze (610.62).
Off the Greek shore, Iker Martinez and Xavier Hernandez of Spain won the gold medal in the 49er class of sailing. Rodion Luka and George Leonchuk of Ukraine won the silver. Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks of Britain got the bronze.
Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira of Brazil clinched the gold medal in sailing's Star class on Thursday with one race remaining. The silver and bronze medals will be determined on Saturday.