Team USA earned another six medals during day two of the London Olympic Games, bringing their total medal count to 11 so far.
The two biggest stories were Kim Rhode in shooting and Dana Volmer in swimming.
Rhode earned gold in women’s skeet, making history as the first woman to win three gold medals in Olympic shooting.
Rhode was just shy of perfect, missing only one target to set an Olympic record with 74 points in the qualification round. She also matched the world record for points in a final with 25, giving her a final total of 99 points.
“The record and the history, it’s amazing,” said Rhode. “The Olympics are very near and dear to my heart. Representing your country is no small task. It’s incredible to have them cheer- ing for me so loudly in the stands. It’s almost like they’re helping me pull the trigger each and every time.”
Rhode is also the first American woman to earn five Olympic shooting medals and only the fourth woman to medal five times.
Dana Vollmer of Grandbury, Texas won gold in the women’s 100m butterfly in a world record setting 55.98.
She became the first American woman to win an Olympic gold in the event since 1996 and the first female swimmer to break the 56-second barrier.
“For the past year I’ve had my eye on that 55,” Vollmer said. “To be the first person to do that pulls together the experience I’ve had here. There were multiple moments in my career where I didn’t know I was going to be here. I did something no one’s ever done before, and there were a lot of people – family, coaches, friends – who helped me pull it all off.”
The silver medal went to Ying Lu of China in 56.87 seconds, while Australia’s Alicia Coutts won the bronze medal with a time of 56.94 seconds. Claire Donahue of Lenoir City, Tenn., finished seventh with a time of 57.48 seconds.
Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston won the silver medal in women’s 3m synchronized diving.
Bryant and Johnston finished with a 321.90, 24.30 behind the gold-medal score of China’s He Zi and Wu Minxia, who posted a 346.20. Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Emilie Heymans won the bronze medal with a score of 316.90.
“It was amazing,” Bryant said. “Our hard work has paid off over the last four years. I’ve had Abby by my side and we have worked our butts off, calling each other for a shoulder to cry on when we needed too. I think since Abby and I got the medal it will set a good tone for U.S. diving.”
The American team of Nathan Adrian, Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte took silver in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. The team led all but the final leg, when France’s Yannick Agnel was able to catch Lochte and win the gold in a time of 3:09.93.
The Americans finished in 3:10.38, 0.45 off the winning pace, while Russia won the bronze medal with a 3:11.41, 1.48 behind the winners.
“We don’t go into any relay hoping for silver or bronze,” Adrian said. “We go into a relay hoping to win. Unfortunately, we didn’t. We’ve got to take it for what it is.”
Allison Schmitt took silver in the women’s 400 freestyle in 4:01.7, a new American record, and her best showing at an Olympic Games.
“The goal is always a gold medal, but I couldn’t be happier right now,” Schmitt said. “I’m proud to bring home the silver medal for the U.S., and I’m looking forward to competing again tomorrow.”
Brendan Hansen of Havertown, Pa. won the bronze medal in the men’s 100m breaststroke. Hansen was sixth at the turn but pressed on to touch the wall in 59.49.
The bronze medal caps a successful comeback for Hansen. After winning the silver in the 100 breaststroke at the 2004 Games, Hansen finished fourth in this event in Beijing and walked away from the sport for two years.
“This (medal) means the most to me, actually,” Hansen said. “It kind of solidified me coming back into the sport and being effective.”
The gold was taken by South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh, who set a world record with a time of 58.46 seconds. The silver medal went to Australia’s Christian Sprenger in 58.93.
The U.S. women’s gymnastics team posted the top score in the qualification round Sunday afternoon, placing three among the top four individual all-around performers.
The U.S. posted a score of 181.863, 1.434 ahead of second-place Russia. China was third with a 176.637, with Romania close behind at 176.264.
Aly Raisman was second in the individual all-around with a 60.391, while Gabby Douglas was third with a 60.265.
Other notable news for Team USA on Sunday:
- Shelley Olds (Groton, Mass.) finished in seventh place in the women’s cycling road race.
- U.S. fencers Daryl Homer (New York, N.Y.) and Timothy Morehouse (New York, N.Y.) made it to the quarterfinals in the individual men’s sabre competition.
- The U.S. men’s basketball team opened play in the London 2012 Olympic Games tournament with a 98-71 victory over France.
- The U.S. men’s volleyball team opened play in Group B Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 win over Serbia, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21.
- The United States men’s water polo team held off a persistent Montenegro side to win its opener in Group B play.
- Ariel Hsing (San Jose, Calif.) made it to the third round of women’s table tennis before losing to No. 2 seed Xiaoxia Li of China. Scores for the games were 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9.
- Jose Ramirez (Avenal, Calif.) advanced to the round of 16 in the men’s Olympic lightweight division by taking a 21-20 win over France’s Rachid Azzedine.
- Errol Spence (Dallas, Texas) advanced to the round of 16 in the men’s Olympic welterweight division with a 16-10 victory over Brazil’s Myke Ribeiro de Carvalho.
- April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Jennifer Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) won their opening match of the London 2012 Olympic Games women’s beach volleyball competition with a 21-11, 21-18 win over Argentina’s Ana Gallay and Maria Virginia Zonta.
- Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) won their first match of the London 2012 Olympic Games with a 21-15, 21-16 victory over Japan’s Kentaro Asahi and Katsuhiro Shiratori.