Phelps wins 200 IM for 20th Olympic medal
LONDON (AP) — Michael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley Thursday for his first individual gold of the London Olympics.
The American clocked 1 minute, 54.27 seconds for his record 20th career Olympic medal and 16th gold.
Teammate Ryan Lochte touched in 1:54.90 to take the silver medal and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary was third in 1:56.22.
All-Time Summer Games — Olympic Medal Winners
(Through Aug. 2, 2012)
Athlete Country Sport G S B Total
Michael Phelps USA swimming 16 2 2 20
Larisa Latynina USSR gymnastics 9 5 4 18
Nikolai Andrianov USSR gymnastics 7 5 3 15
Boris Shakhlin USSR gymnastics 7 4 2 13
Takashi Ono Japan gymnastics 5 4 4 13
Edoardo Mangiarotti Italy fencing 6 5 2 13
Douglas wins gymnastics all-around title, giving her second gold
LONDON (AP) — Might be time to get Gabby Douglas a new nickname.
Olympic champ works.
Known as “The Flying Squirrel,” Douglas won the women’s all-around title Thursday night, becoming the third straight American to win gymnastics’ 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.
“I wanted to seize the moment,” Douglas said. “It hasn’t sunk in yet. Team finals hasn’t sunk in yet. But it will.”
In the lead from the first event, Douglas finished the night by rocking the O2 Arena with her electric floor routine, flashing a dazzling smile and lots of pizzazz. When her score posted 62.232, coach Liang Chow told Douglas she had won the gold.
But she had to wait another five minutes until it was official because Viktoria Komova of Russia, runner-up at last year’s world championships, was still to come.
Komova’s floor routine was impressive, as well, and she stood at the center of the arena staring intently at the scoreboard, fingertips pressed to her lips, teammate Aliya Mustafina rubbing her shoulder. When the final standings flashed, Komova dropped her head and hurried to the sidelines, tears falling. She finished about three-tenths behind Douglas, with a score of 61.973.
Azevedo scores 4 in US water polo win
LONDON (AP) — Captain Tony Azevedo scored four goals — three in the opening quarter — and the U.S. men’s water polo team beat Britain 13-7 on Thursday to remain undefeated at the London Olympics.
The win puts the U.S. on top of Group B with six points, one ahead of gold medal-favorite Serbia with two preliminary-stage matches to go.
The Americans, runners-up four years ago in Beijing, seized control early, jumping out to a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter and cruising from there against an outclassed British team that only qualified for the tournament as the host nation.