— Kicked out of the London Olympics on Monday for presumably not trying hard enough in the 800 meters, Taoufik Makhloufi got a second chance after a doctor took his side—and he won the gold medal in the 1,500 meters. The Algerian's disqualification was reversed after a doctor said his left knee was injured in the 800, and he won the 1,500 in 3 minutes, 34.08 seconds.
— Britain's Alistair Brownlee grabbed a Union Jack right before he crossed the finish line in Hyde Park to win the men's triathlon in 1 hour, 46 minutes and 25 seconds, over Javier Gomez of Spain. Brownlee's younger brother, Jonathan, came in third to win the bronze, and both of them embraced.
— Track cyclist Chris Hoy won the keirin to give Britain seven out of 10 medals awarded at the London Velodrome, matching the country's haul in Beijing four years ago. Laura Trott also gave the home nation a win in the women's omnium, while Australia's Anna Meares won the women's sprint, beating Victoria Pendleton of Britain. Hoy's six career golds gave him one more than British rowing great Steve Redgrave.
— Britain won a gold medal in equestrian team dressage to end decades of German domination of the event. It was Britain's first dressage medal at an Olympics.
— Diana Taurasi scored 15 points and Candace Parker added 12 to lead the Americans to a 91-48 rout of Canada and advance to the semifinals in women's basketball for the eighth straight time. On Thursday, the U.S. will face Australia, which beat China 75-60.
— April Ross and Jennifer Kessy, in their first Olympics, will play for the gold medal against two-time Olympic champions Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor in an all-American beach volleyball final. Ross and Kessy rallied from a first-set loss and a four-point deficit in the second to beat reigning world champions Juliana and Larissa of Brazil. Earlier, Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor had beaten China to advance.
— Ilya Zakharov of Russia scored 104.50 points on his last dive to win the 3-meter springboard, stopping China's bid to sweep all eight diving events.
— Sally Pearson provided a rare bright spot for Australia at the London Games, earning the country's fourth gold medal by edging defending champion Dawn Harper of the U.S. to win the 100-meter hurdles.
— With three gold medals, Britain raised its total to 22 and has now won more of them than at any Summer Games in 104 years. It trails only China, which has 34 golds and 73 overall, and the United States, which has 30 golds and 70 overall. South Korea has 12 golds and 23 overall, whhile Russia has 10 golds and 48 overall.
NOT THEIR FINEST HOUR
Liu Xiang of China stumbled into the first barrier of his opening heat of the 110-meter hurdles and crumpled to the ground, clutching his lower right leg. He won the gold in the event at the Athens Olympics in 2004, but since then, it's been two Olympics and no hurdles cleared. He had withdrawn before the first heat in Beijing four years ago due to injury.
A GATORADE BATH WOULD HAVE SUFFICED
When wrestler Hungary's Tamas Lorincz beat Georgia's Manukhar Tskhadaia to reach the gold medal finals, he picked up one of his coaches, flipped him upside-down and slammed him to the mat in a move straight out of pro wrestling. The coach hit the mat with a thud.
WEDNESDAY'S SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
— Track and Field: gold medal finals in men's 110-meter hurdles, women's 200 meters, women's 400-meter hurdles, women's long jump.
— Women's diving: platform qualifying.
— Women's beach volleyball: gold medal final.