Allison Schmitt rallied from behind on the anchor leg to lead the United States to the gold medal in the women's 4x200 freestyle relay at the Olympics. The Americans posted an Olympic record time of 7 minutes, 42.92 seconds. Schmitt entered the water about a half second behind, but pulled ahead on her first return lap to a win. Teen sensation Missy Franklin got things started for the U.S., followed by Dana Vollmer, Shannon Vreeland and then Schmitt. Australia settled for the silver, France won the bronze.
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton, Wash., is an Olympic champion. But by the slimmest of margins. Adrian struck gold in the 100-meter freestyle. He finished in a time of 47.52 seconds, one-hundredths of a second in front of Australia's James Magnussen. Canadian Brent Hayden took the bronze.
Rebecca Soni set a world record in the 200-meter breaststroke semifinals at the Olympics. The American was timed 2 minutes, 20.00 seconds, shaving 0.12 seconds off the previous mark set by Annamay Pierse of Canada at the 2009 world championships in Rome in a now-banned bodysuit.
In preliminary swimming action, American Missy Franklin qualified for this evening's semifinals in the women's 100-freestyle, and Michael Phelps opened defense of his title in the 200-meter individual medley, hours after becoming the most decorated Olympian ever with his 19th career medal. Phelps' time of 1 minute, 58.24 seconds was good for the fourth-fastest time in the preliminaries. Teammate Ryan Lochte was second-quickest at 1:58.03. The 200 IM final is Thursday.
American champ Danell Leyva has added to the U.S. medal haul by capturing the bronze in men's gymnastics all-around. He added another step in his incredible journey from Cuban refugee to world-class athlete, closing the day with spectacular routines on parallel bars and high bar to finish third.
Cyclist Kristin Armstrong of the United States won her second straight Olympic time trial gold medal. The former two-time world champion covered the 18-mile course south of London in 37 minutes, 34.82 seconds, beating silver medalist Judith Arndt of Germany by more than 15 seconds.
In other Olympics news, the US Women’s Volleyball team sweeps China 3-0 and the U.S. team of Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen won the bronze in the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard.
Coming up today: Women's gymnastics - women's all-around gold medal final. Swimming: gold medal finals men's 200-meter backstroke, men's 200-meter individual medley, women's 200-meter breaststroke, women's 100-meter freestyle.
Back at home the Mets go 2-1 over San Francisco and in the AL Robinson Cano hit a grand slam in a seven-run third inning to pace the Yankees to a 12-3 win over Baltimore. The win ended the AL East leaders' four-game losing streak. And linebacker Khairi Fortt becomes the fourth Penn State player to leave the school as allowed by the NCAA’s ruling in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case.
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