Michael Phelps broke his own world record and claimed his sixth gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley. Phelps beat Laszlo Cseh of Hungary by more than two seconds.
In the 200 m back stroke, American Ryan Lochte took his first gold while also setting a new world record. Lochte completed the race in 1:53.94, beating the record he shared with fellow American Aaron Peirsol by .38 seconds. Peirsol won the silver medal for the race, followed by Russian Arkady Vyatchanin.
U.S. gymnast Nastia Liukin scored 63.325 in the women’s all-around final, coming in just ahead of her teammate Shawn Johnson, who won the silver with a score of 62.725. Johnson had been outperforming Liukin at trials and in competition throughout the Olympics. The girls are good friends and offered each other support and encouragement before and after routines throughout the competition. Liukin said she wanted to win for her father. “It’s just so cool that he was in the Olympics 20 years ago and I wanted to bring home the all-around medal he almost won.” China’s Yang Yilin took home the bronze.
Liukin got behind early in the contest, but said in a statement to press after she won the gold, “I wasn’t thinking about whether I was going to make it or not. I was thinking about how I was going to make it.” The Dallas News Olympic blog covers other comments Liukin made after taking the gold.
In the women’s 100-meter freestyle final, Germany’s Britta Steffen took the gold, with Australian Lisbeth Trickett coming in just behind her. U.S. swimmner Natalie Coughlin took the bronze.
No American women qualified for the 800m final in swimming. Katie Hoff finished 7 seconds slower than the time that qualified her for the Olympics, and coach Jack Bauerle said that she “was pretty much out of gas.” Hoff may have been run down by her demanding Olympic program, but Bauerle added, “The bottom line is she was the best person the U.S. had in all her events.”
Defending champions Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor trailed 20-17 in the first set of their Round of 16 match, but they rebounded to win 24-22, 21-10 against Liesbet Van Breedam and Liesbeth Mouha of Belgium. The other American team—Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs—also advanced to the quarterfinals, defeating Cuba in straight sets.
The U.S. women’s softball team erased a 1-0, fourth-inning deficit to beat Canada 8-1. Earlier in the day, it defeated Japan, 7-0.
The U.S. baseball team lost to Cuba 5-4 in 11 innings and lost Jayson Nix for the rest of the tournament after he fouled a ball off his eye. The game was the second of the day to use the Olympics’ new extra innings rule in which runners are placed at first and second base to begin the 11th inning. In the other game, China won its first game in Olympic history
by scoring five runs in the bottom of the 12th after Chinese Taipei had scored four in the top of the inning.
American James Blake lost a heart-breaking and controversial men’s tennis semifinal match to Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, 4-6, 7-5, 11-9. After the match, Blake was angry that Gonzalez didn’t admit to deflecting a Blake shot that landed out of bounds. “That's a disappointing way to exit the tournament when you not only lose the match, but you lose a little faith in your fellow competitor,” he said.
The U.S. women’s basketball led Spain by just five points at halftime, but dominated the second half to win 93-55.
Pennsylvania representatives Allyson Schwartz and Bill Shuster are introducing a resolution demanding that the IOC strip the 2014 Olympics from Russia because of its actions in Georgia. “The failure of the government of the Russian Federation to respect the sovereignty and territorial borders of its neighbors has rendered the country an unacceptable host for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games,” says the resolution.
The U.S. women’s soccer team needed extra time to beat Canada 2-1. Natasha Kai scored the winning goal in the 101st minute to send the Americans through to the semifinals, where they will face Japan. Germany and Brazil will play in the other semifinal.