After 15 days of competition at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Team USA is at the top of the leader board in the overall medal count with 102. China is in second with 87 medals.
David Boudia helped add to the U.S.’s lead over China by winning the men’s 10m platform diving competition.
“I’m in disbelief. This is so surreal right now. I took it one dive, one step at a time,” said Boudia.
Boudia scored a 102.60, the highest score of the evening, on his final dive, vaulting him into first with a final score of 568.65.
“I dreamed about this. It didn’t even feel like I was diving, it was so surreal,” said Boudia.
China’s Qiu Bo entered the final dive tied with Boudia for second. Both Boudia and Qiu attempted the same dive, a back 2.5 somersault with 2.5 twists, but Qui’s score of 100.80 forced him to settle for silver with a 566.85. Britain’s Thomas Daley won the bronze with a 556.95.
“Tom Daley dove the lights out. Qiu Bo dove the lights out. I only did what I do in practice,” said Boudia.
The U.S. women’s basketball team took gold with their 86-50 victory over France. Candace Parker scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds to spark the U.S. squad, which used a dominating second half to secure the win.
“It’s really hard to put into words.,” said head coach Geno Auriemma. “You get a lot of chances to win national championships but to win an Olympic gold is a once in a lifetime. This is an unbelievable group of players to coach.”
The team of DeeDee Trotter, Allyson Felix, Francena McCorory and Sanya Richards-Ross dominated the final of the women’s 4x400m relay, winning gold in 3:16.87, a season’s best.
“I was pumped up, I was running on adrenaline tonight. It’s pretty cool. God has been so good to me, I could not do it without him,” said Felix, who already has two other gold medals this Games.
Brigetta Barrett took the silver medal in the women’s high jump. She cleared 2.03m, a new personal best.
“I could not do anything, but to do my best. The crowd was phenomenal. I had to cover my ears a couple of times. I could not think,” Barrett said.
Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey won silver in the men’s 4x100m in an American record time of 37.04 seconds.
The gold medal went to Jamaica, which shattered the world record with a time of 36.84 seconds, becoming the first team to ever run the 4×100 in under 37 seconds.
Georgia Gould won the bronze medal in women’s cross-country mountain biking, 1:08 behind the gold medal pace of France’s Julie Bresset, who covered the course in 1:30:52.
“At the beginning I was kind of in the back,” said Gould. “It took me a while to get up to the front and I had a really bad start, and then I finally caught up to that lead group. I was lucky that they were playing cat and mouse a little bit because it took me a while to move up.”
Coleman Scott won bronze in the men’s freestyle wrestling 60kg category after beating Kenichi Yumoto of Japan.
“It wasn’t the medal I wanted but I couldn’t leave with nothing. I would not be denied a medal,” said Scott.
“I have got 95 friends and family here. My high school coach was among them and the list goes on and on as to who they are. They have spent so much time following me I think that is something that helped me back today.”
Other notable Team USA news:
- Maria Michta achieved a personal best time of 1:32:27 in the women’s 20k race walk, 7:25 behind the world record pace of gold medalist Elena Lashmanova of Russia.
- Dennis Bowsher finished 32nd in the modern pentathlon with 5324 points.
- Alysia Johnson Montano finished fifth in the women’s 800m final in 1:57.93.
- Bernard Lagat was fourth in the men’s 5000m in 13:42.99. Galen Rupp finished seventh with a time of 13:45.04, while Lopez Lomong was 10th in 13:48.19.
- Nic McCrory placed ninth in men’s 10m platform diving with a score of 505.40.
- Lea Davison finished 11th in women’s cross-country mountain biking.
- Tervel Ivaylov Dlagnev lost the bronze medal match in men’s freestyle wrestling 120kg category, and placed fifth overall.