It was another golden day on Thursday for Team USA in London.
Michael Phelps outlasted Ryan Lochte to win gold in the 200m Individual Medley for his record 20th Olympic medal.
Also in the pool, Rebecca Soni broke the world record, again, and won gold in the 200m breaststroke, her second straight gold medal in that event. Soni is the first woman ever to win back-to-back titles in the 200m breaststroke. American Amanda Beard won the event in 2004. Soni broke the record on Wednesday during the semifinal heat only to top it again on Thursday.
American Tyler Clary also won his first gold medal with a stunning defeat of Ryan Lochte in the 200m breaststroke. Shortly after his win, he posted a picture of his gold medal on twitter.
In gymnastics, Gabrielle Douglas became the third consecutive American gymnast to win gold in the women's all-around at the summer Olympics. Americans Nastia Liukin (2008) and Carly Patterson (2004) were the previous gold medalists in the women's all-around. Mary Lou Retton (1984) was the last American gymnast to win gold in the all-around prior to the three-peat of Douglas, Liukin and Patterson.
Preliminary matches in team sports also went Team USA's way on Thursday. Men's hoops dismantled Nigeria 156-73 behind 37 points from Carmelo Anthony and men's volleyball beat Brazil to cruise into the quarterfinals.
Read full recaps from some of the top USA performances on Thursday below:
Make it a pair of golds for Gabby Douglas, who added the all-around title to the one she won with the U.S. team two nights ago. Douglas became the third straight American to win gymnastics' biggest prize, taking the lead on the very first event Thursday night and never really letting anyone else get close. She finished with a score of 62.232, less than three-tenths ahead of Viktoria Komova of Russia. Douglas brought the house down with her energetic floor routine, and U.S. teammates Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross jumped to their feet and cheered when she finished. Douglas flashed a smile and coach Liang Chow lifted her off the podium.
Phelps wins 200 IM for 20th career Olympic medal
Michael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley Thursday for his first individual gold of the London Games, becoming the first man to win the same indvidual event in three straight Olympics. Phelps, who won the 4x200 relay earlier, clocked 1 minute, 54.27 seconds in the 200 IM for his record 20th career Olympic medal and 16th gold. He had failed to complete a threepeat in two previous events, the 200 fly and the 400 IM. American Teammate Ryan Lochte touched in 1:54.90 to take the silver medal and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary was third in 1:56.22.
U.S. men beat Nigeria 156-73 in Olympic basketball
The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team stayed undefeated in record-setting fashion, getting 37 points from Carmelo Anthony and breaking the Olympic mark for points in a game in a 156-73 rout of Nigeria on Thursday night. Anthony was 10 of 12 on 3-pointers in surpassing the 31 points scored by Stephon Marbury in 2004. The Americans finished 29 of 46 behind the arc, easily surpassing the 13 3-pointers they made in the 2008 gold-medal game. Russell Westbrook added 21 points in an awesome performance that saw the Americans make 11 3-pointers in the first quarter, and they were only getting started. Ike Diogu had 27 points for Nigeria. The Nigerians had said they weren't intimidated by the Americans, who seem to be sending a message to the rest of the teams in the tournament that they as good as advertised.
Rebecca Soni of the United States set another world record to defend her 200-meter breaststroke title at the London Olympics on Thursday. Soni clocked 2 minutes, 19.59 seconds to improve on her own mark from Wednesday's semifinals by 0.41 seconds. It was the sixth world record in the pool at these games. Satomi Suzuki of Japan touched in 2:20.72 to take the silver medal and Iuliia Efimova of Russia finished in 2:20.92 for bronze. Soni was also favored to win the 100 breast but took silver behind surprise 15-year-old winner Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania. Meilutyte did not enter the 200.