Olympic Day 5 Recap: Team USA continues domination in swimming, volleyball and hoops
Day five the 2012 London games are in the books, and Team USA continues to dominate the medal count. The U.S. earned a gold medal in swimming and a bronze in gymnastics on Wednesday in addition to wininng preliminary matches in volleyball and women's basketball.
Read below for updates from each of Team USA's triumphs on Wednesday:
Men's Gymnastics: Leyva rallies for bronze in men's all-around
Danell Leyva shook off an early miscue to rally for the bronze in the men's gymnastics all-around on Wednesday night. The 20-year-old from Miami was 17th following the first rotation. He flubbed his dismount on pommel horse, but roared back behind thrilling sets on parallel bars and high bar. Leyva posted the highest scores of the night on both events, earning the first U.S. medal in the men's all-around since Paul Hamm grabbed gold in Athens eight years ago. Leyva, whose mother fled Cuba for the U.S. when he was an infant, said his medal was redemption following a disappointing fifth-place finish by Team USA in the team final on Monday. American teammate John Orozco fell off the pommel horse early and finished eighth.
Women's Basketball: U.S. women beat Turkey 89-58 in Olympic basketball
Angel McCoughtry scored 18 points and Tina Charles added 16 to lead the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team to an 89-58 victory over Turkey on Wednesday night. The Turks entered the game unbeaten and were expected to give the Americans their toughest test in the Olympics so far. They had looked impressive in their first Olympic appearance and said they weren't intimidated by the top-ranked team in the world despite the U.S. winning its first two games by an average of 38.5 points. Turkey was able to hang with the U.S. (3-0) early in the game and had a one-point lead in the first quarter. But the Americans built a 15-point advantage by the half. Turkey didn't waiver and pulled within 50-45 in the third quarter before McCoughtry and the reserves put the game away.
Women's Swimming: Schmitt anchors U.S. to gold in 4x200 free relay
Allison Schmitt pushed the United States in front in the anchor leg to win the 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the London Olympics on Wednesday. The Americans, whose team included Missy Franklin, of Centennial, Colo., and Alyssa Anderson, of Granite Bay, Calif., clocked an Olympic-record 7 minutes, 42.92 seconds. Australia led by a half-second entering the anchor leg but hadto settle for silver in 7:44.41. France touched third in 7:47.49.
Women's Beach Volleyball: U.S. beach women lose their first Olympic set, come back to win match
One streak is over. The winning streak continues for two-time defending Olympic beach volleyball gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor. The Americans lost the first set of their preliminary round match against Austria 21-17 on Wednesday night, the first lost set in three Olympics. But they came back to win the second set 21-8 and took the third 15-10 to remain unbeaten in this - and every other - trip to the Olympics. Walsh and May-Treanor won seven straight matches in Athens and again in Beijing to collect a pair of gold medals. They also won their first two matches in London. That's 16 matches and 32 sets in all. Beach volleyball is best of three sets, the first two to 21 and the last to 15.