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Team USA Wins First Medals Of London 2012 Games; More Results From Saturday

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
July 28, 2012

On the first day of full competition in the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Team USA won its first medal of the games, as the men’s archery team took silver in a tense final against Italy. The Americans reached the final after stunning the highly regarded South Korean team in a comeback win earlier in the day.

Italy won on its last arrow, when a score of eight would have meant a loss and a ten a gold. The arrow hit the line between the 9 and 10, and in archery, that meant 10 points — and the gold medal.

Led by world No. 1 Brady Ellison, 23, the three-man American team also includes Jake Kaminski, 23, and Jacob Wukie, 26.

U.S. archery last won a team gold medal in 1996, at the Atlanta Games.

Here is a roundup of more of Saturday’s results, below. We’ll be updating this post as results come in. And you can always check our results and schedule pages to follow the action.

Swimming: Ryan Lochte won the men’s 400-meter individual medley Saturday, handily beating U.S. rival Michael Phelps and the rest of a talented field. Phelps came in fourth.

Gymnastics: In the 02 Arena, the U.S. men’s gymnastics team surprised the field with a strong performance in the qualifying round. With a final score of 275.342, the Americans lead Britain by nearly three points. China and Japan round out the top four.

Tennis: The American Serena Williams and the Swiss Roger Federer advanced to the second round. Also advancing in the singles bracket were Christina McHale and John Isner of the U.S. In men’s doubles, the Bryan twins and the team of Isner and Andy Roddick also advanced.

Soccer: Megan Rapinoe scored to help the U.S. women beat Colombia, 3-0. After her shot from outside the box found the net, Rapinoe and her teammates celebrated — and the midfielder pulled a written note out of her pocket, wishing U.S. defender Ali Krieger a happy birthday. Krieger, who injured her leg earlier this year, is not with the team.

Basketball: The U.S. women topped Croatia, 81-56, after leading by only 3 points at the half. Angel McCoughtry scored 13 points in just over 11 minutes.

Cycling: Alexander Vinokourov of Kazakhstan won the gold medal in the men’s road race. Favorite Mark Cavendish was not a factor. American Taylor Phinney narrowly missed a bronze medal.

We’re also following these events; all times EDT:

2:30 p.m. Men’s 400m IM final

2:49 p.m. Men’s 400m freestyle final

3:09 p.m. Women’s 400m IM final

3:40 pm: Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay final

[Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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