Olympics 2012: 8 Things You May Have Missed From Friday’s Games
After pulling ahead of China in medal count, Team USA has continued to excel in swimming by nabbing more Olympic hardware.
Though he’s already the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps is upping the ante by putting some distance between himself and the former record holder in winning his 21st medal — a bronze — in the 100-meter butterfly.
Who else is winning big? Celebuzz has the rundown of Friday’s events:
1. Swimmer Missy Franklin Sets New World Record
American swimmer Missy Franklin, 17, smashed records as she cinched her second gold medal in the London Games. She stole the show by swimming the 200-meter backstroke race in just 2 minutes and 4.06 seconds. Russian Anastasia Zueva took silver, while Franklin’s teammate Elizabeth Beisel finished in bronze position.
2. Katie Ledecky Is Crowned America’s Youngest Olympian
At only 15, swimmer Katie Ledecky shocked the world by dominating in the 800-meter freestyle, finishing well ahead of the pack and netting herself a gold medal. Ledecky also set herself an American-record time of 8:14.63 in the process.
3. U.S. Men’s Basketball Team Continues Winning Streak
Team USA throttled Nigeria in a 156-73 victory, and is currently running a record of 3-0 in the London Games. The team will face Lithuania next.
4. Italy Beats USA in Men’s Volleyball
American beach volleyball duo Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser won gold in Beijing, but walked away without a medal in London after being upset by Italy’s combo of Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo in the round of 16. Italy won two sets to none: 21-17, 21-19.
5. U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Wins Quarterfinals
The U.S. women’s soccer team is looking to nab another gold medal as they scored a 2-0 victory over New Zealand in the quarterfinals. Team USA has won three out of the four gold medals since the event was added to the Olympics in 1996.
6. Michael Phelps Ups Gold Medal Count to 17
The most decorated Olympian of all time cinched his 17th gold medal thanks to his outstanding performance in the 100-meter butterfly. This was his third consecutive win in the event, dating as far back to Athens in 2004.
7. Cullen Jones Nabs Silver in 50-Meter Freestyle
American swimmer Cullen Jones was just 0.20 seconds shy from the gold as France’s Florent Manaudou touched the wall first in 21.34 seconds. Brazil’s Cesar Cielo, the defending gold medalist, finished third.
8. Team USA Wins Bronze in Men’s Shot-Put
After recording the longest distance in the preliminary rounds, Reese Hoffa took home the bronze in Men’s Shot-Put. Tomasz Majewski of Poland, who became the first man to win back-to-back Olympic shot-put titles since the American Parry O’Brien, cinched the gold while David Storl of Germany finished with a silver medal.