Michael Phelps is arguably one of the best swimmers in history and his performance at the Olympic Games are second to none. By finishing second in the 200m Butterfly, he secured a place in history by equaling the record set by Larisa Latynina in 1964. He was tied with the Soviet gymnast for eighteen Olympic medals for just a few hours, because when the United States won the 4 x 200m Freestyle relay, Phelps added the 19th medal.
USA overtakes China with 25 medals
It was not only an excellent day for Michael Phelps, but for the entire American Olympic team as they overtook China in the total medals count. If Phelps failed to win the 200m Butterfly and South Africa’s Chad le Clos took home the Olympic gold, Allison Schmitt broke the Olympic record in the 200m Freestyle final. She bested Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen and narrowed the gap separating these two countries in terms of gold medals won.
The Americans can’t count on Andy Roddick anymore, because the tennis player lost at Wimbledon against Novak Djokovic. The Serbian player made another step forward in what will be a thrilling final against his archrival, Roger Federer or Murray. In a dramatic competition, the United States won the gold medal in the Gymnastics Women’s Team final, with Russia and Romania earning silver and gold.
France and Germany lead European nations
Germany had a strong start in the 2012 London Olympics and Michael Jung helped the Europeans secure two gold medals. Alongside his colleagues in the Team Eventing, Jung cruise towards winning the equestrian competition at the expense of Sweden. The Germans reaffirmed their statute as favorites in the individual event, with Michael Jung winning gold and Sandra Auffarth settling for bronze. The other golden medal was won by Germany in the growing competition but overall this country has nine medals.
Water sports were the ones that brought the most medals to France and helped it overcome Germany, with Muffat Camille and Agnel Yannick being the front-runners. These two amazing athletes won the Men’s 200m Freestyle and the Women’s 400m Freestyle, then the team secured the gold in the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay. The individual Canoe Slalom was also won by a French athlete, with 34 years old Tony Estaanguet securing another medal after his success in Sydney and Athens.
China is still leading with 13 gold medals and Lei Sheng made her contribution in Fencing with a stunning comeback from 13-12. In weightlifting, Lin Qingfeng mended China’s hurt ego after winning the Men’s 69kg event. Silver went to Triyatno from Indonesia while Romania’s Razvan Constanin Martin was happy to clinch the bronze medal.