In case you missed it, Day 5

Here’s what happened while you were sleeping, working, eating, etc.

WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS

LONDON, July 31, 2012 – The United States women’s team won gold with a score of 183.596 at the 2012 Olympic Games at the North Greenwich Arena. Russia earned silver with a 178.530 and Romania took bronze with a 176.414. China placed fourth with a 174.430.

This is the second women’s team gold in U.S. history, the first coming in 1996. The gold-medal finish is the sixth consecutive team medal for the U.S. women. Dating back to 1992, it is the second-longest active women’s Olympic team medal streak behind Romania (1976-2012).

The U.S. Women’s Team features: Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute; McKayla Maroney of Long Beach, Calif./All Olympia Gymnastics Center; Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics; Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max Gymnastics; and Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA.

The USA had the highest team score on vault (48.132), balance beam (45.299) and floor exercise (45.366). The U.S. placed third on uneven bars (44.799) behind China (46.399) and Russia (46.166).
Women’s National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi said, “We are certainly enjoying this moment. This is the result of the teamwork and what we did through the years. All the hard workpaid off in the end.”

SHOOTING
Vince Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) became the first American man to defend an Olympic gold medal in skeet shooting by winning the event Tuesday afternoon at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Hancock shot a 148 to hold a two-clay advantage over silver medalist Anders Golding of Denmark. Nasser Al-Attiya of Qatar won the bronze with a 144 after winning a shoot off over Russia’s Valeriy Shomin.

With Hancock’s result today and Kim Rhode’s yesterday, the United States swept the skeet gold medals.

Hancock set an Olympic record in qualifying, missing only two targets for a 123 score. He hit 25 possible in the finals. He becomes the second American to defend a gold medal in shooting in an individual event. Gary Anderson achieved the feat in free rifle (no longer on the program) in the Tokyo 1964 and Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games. He becomes the 11th Olympic shooter from any nation to defend a gold medal in an individual shooting event. He is only the second American man to win a skeet shooting gold medal, along with Matthew Dryke in 1984.

Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.) shot a 119 in qualifying and finished in eighth place.

WINDSURFING
Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.) finished 10th in race 2 of the men’s windsurfing event. He stands seventh overall in the 10-race series, being held in Weymouth and Portland. Racing continues today.

SAILING
First-time Olympians Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Naples, Fla./N. Pomfret,Vt.) scored a race win in the fourth race (of the 15-race series) in the men’s skiff (49er class) to climb to ninth overall in the 20-boat event.

Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) scored results of 12th and 17th in the women’s singlehanded dinghy. Combined with her Day 1 scores (8-5), she is now in ninth overall among 41 competitors.

Mark Mendelblatt (Miami, Fla.) and Brian Fatih (Miami, Fla.) added eighth and ninth race finishes to their shoreline in the men’s keelboat (Star class). They are in sixth overall at the event, being held in Weymouth and Portland.

FIELD HOCKEY
Powered by a goal from Shannon Taylor (Midlothian, Va.) in the 28th minute, the U.S. women’s field hockey team scored a 1-0 victory over Argentina Tuesday evening at Riverbank Arena in London’s Olympic Park. The win evened the U.S. record at 1-1 in Group B play.

Team USA will return to action on Thursday, Aug. 2, when it faces Australia at 10:45 a.m. BST.

WATER POLO
Paced by hat tricks from Peter Varellas (Moraga, Calif.) and Ryan Bailey (Long Beach, Calif.), the United States men’s water polo team posted a 10-8 win over Romania in the Water Polo Arena in London’s Olympic Park Tuesday evening.

Trailing 5-4 at halftime, the U.S. reeled off three unanswered goals in the third quarter, part of a 6-1 run that extended from late in the second quarter until two minutes left in the match.

Adam Wright (Seal Beach, Calif.) added a pair of goals for the U.S., while Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, Calif.) and John Mann (Newport Beach, Calif.) added one apiece.

The Americans are now 2-0 and share the top of the Group B table with Serbia, while Romania falls to 1-1. Next up for the United States is host Great Britain, scheduled for 6:20 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL
The U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) dropped their first set, but bounced back to score a 2-1 win over Spain’s Pablo Herrera Allepuz and Adrian Gavira Collado at the Horse Guards Parade Tuesday evening.

Now 2-0 in Pool B, they will complete pool play on Thursday, Aug. 2, when they face Petr Benes and Premysl Kubala of the Czech Republic at 9 p.m.

The U.S. team of April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Jennifer Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) scored a three-set victory over Marleen van Ierse and Sanne Keizer of Holland Tuesday night at London’s Horse Guards Parade.

The 21-15, 12-21, 15-8 win improved the American tandem to 2-0 in pool play. They will close out the preliminaries on Thursday, Aug. 2, by taking on Spain’s undefeated duo of Elsa Baquerizo McMillan and Liliana Fernandez Steiner to determine the winner of Group D. The match is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. BST.

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