— Denied twice on the world's biggest stage, Allyson Felix finally won the Olympic gold medal she's been yearning for: the 200 meters. Felix won the race in 21.88 seconds, topping Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the 100 four nights earlier, by 0.21 second. American Carmelita Jeter got the bronze.
— Brittney Reese won the long jump, becoming the first U.S. woman to win the Olympic long jump since Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988. The two-time world champion went into the competition with the best jump of the season and posted the best mark in the final with 7.12 meters on her second attempt.
— Kobe Bryant scored 20 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead the U.S. basketball team to a 119-86 victory over Australia and into the semifinals against Argentina. Lebron James finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists for the Americans, while Deron Williams added 18 points, Carmelo Anthony had 17 and Kevin Durant 14.
— Aries Merritt led a 1-2 finish for the United States in the Olympic 110-meter hurdles, winning in 12.92 seconds, with world champion Jason Richardson finishing second.
— Caster Semenya made her Olympic debut three years after being forced to undergo gender tests, finishing second in her 800 heat.
— Usain Bolt won his semifinal heat in 20.18 seconds, moving closer to becoming the first man with two Olympic golds in the 200 meters. The Jamaican already successfully defended his 100 title from Beijing on Sunday.
— American Ashton Eaton broke Bill Toomey's 44-year-old record in the 100-meter dash and built a 105-point lead over teammate and world champion Trey Hardee after the opening three events in the decathlon. Eaton won the 100 in 10.35 seconds, just 0.14 off his time at the trials but beating Toomey's 10.41 at Mexico City in 1968.
— China completed the sweep of all four table tennis titles with a 3-0 victory over South Korea in the men's team final. China also won the women's team gold as well as the men's and women's singles.
— China has the most gold medals so far in London, with 36, followed by the United States with 34, host Britain with 22 and Russia with 11. The U.S. has the most overall medals with 81, followed by China with 77, Russia with 52 and Britain with 48.
NOT THEIR FINEST HOUR
— The United States won't win an Olympic sailing medal for the first time since the Berlin Games in 1936. The Americans have won 59 Olympic sailing medals, the most of any nation. Anna Tunnicliffe was the last American skipper with a chance, and her run ended in failure. U.S. Sailing President Gary Jobson called the failure to medal "a heck of a wakeup call," adding: "In essence, we weren't competitive in any class."
— The U.S. men's volleyball team—the defending Olympic champions—were knocked out of the London Games in straight sets by Italy in a quarterfinal match.
ON TRACK FOR HISTORY
The first Saudi woman to compete in track and field at the Olympics finished last in the 800 meters—more than a half-minute slower than her nearest competitor—yet Sarah Attar got cheers as she crossed the finish line. Attar said she wanted to inspire women in her country "to get more involved in sports, to become more athletic," Covered in clothing from head to toe, except for her smiling face poking out from her hood, Attar made her debut five days after a Saudi judo fighter became the ultraconservative country's first female competitor at any Olympics.
THURSDAY'S SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
— Track and field: gold medal finals in men's 200 meters, decathlon, men's 800 meters, men's triple jump.
— Women's diving: platform gold medal final.
— Men's beach volleyball: gold medal final.
— Men's cycling: BMX quarterfinals.