LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Brittney Reese of the United States competes in the Women's Long Jump Final on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Summer Olympics, Day 12: Team USA Adds 7 Medals In Track And Field

The 2012 London Olympics continued on Wednesday, highlighted by Team USA winning seven medals in four events in track and field Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh continuing their regin on the sand.

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Americans Christian Taylor, Will Claye Win Gold And Silver In Men's Triple Jump

Not only did Americans place first and second in the triple jump at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London -- Christian Taylor and Will Claye turned the event into something not too different from their practices at the University of Florida.

Taylor leaped 17.81 meters on his fourth jump, a new best in 2012, and held on to the lead as competitors made a run at him, none getting closer than Claye's 17.62 meters. When Claye took his sixth and final jump, gold and silver were assured for the Americans -- the only question was whether Claye would take gold from his former Gators teammate, and he answered it by jumping just 16.66 meters.

The gold is the first medal of Taylor's Olympic career, while Claye's silver is his second medal at the 2012 Olympics, as he previously won bronze in the long jump. Greece's Fabrizio Donato took bronze with a jump of 17.48 meters.

The gold-silver double was the second in as many days for Americans on the track. Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson went 1-2 in the 110m hurdles on Wednesday.

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American Allyson Felix Wins Gold, Carmelita Jeter Bronze In Women's 200m

Finally, Allyson Felix has her individual Olympic gold. Felix dusted the field in the women's 200m on Wednesday to earn the first individual gold medal of her celebrated track career.

Felix, the definite favorite entering the women's 200m final, ran the race in 21.88 seconds, and avenged losses to Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown in the finals of the 200m in Athens and Beijing. Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce, two-time gold medalist in the 100m, took silver with a 22.09, and Carmelita Jeter added bronze in the 200m to her silver in the 100m in 22.14.

Campbell-Brown, bidding to become the first woman to ever win the 200m three times, finished fourth in 22.38 seconds. American Sanya Richards-Ross, who won the 400m in London, settled for fifth at 22.39 seconds.

The win gives Felix four medals in her Olympic career, and just her second gold. The U.S. has taken two of three gold medals in the three shortest non-hurdles sprint events (100m, 200m, 400m) in London after going without golds in those three events in Beijing.

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American Claressa Shields Advances To Gold Medal Match, Teammate Marlen Esparze Wins Bronze

The American men may have been shut out of the medals in the 2012 Olympics, but two American women will be heading home with hardware after their solid performances in the ring. Claressa Shields will have a chance to fight for a gold medal in the women's middleweight tournament, while Marlen Esparza is heading home with a bronze medal.

Esparza had an excellent flyweight tournament, but will almost certainly be disappointed that she came up short of the final bout. She was defeated, 10-8, by Chinese boxer Ren Cancan on Wednesday. Cancan moves on to face Great Britain's Nicola Adams in the final on Thursday. There is no bronze medal match, and Esparza will share the bronze with Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte of India.

Shields was dominant in her semifinal bout, defeating Marina Volnova of Kazakhstan 29-15. She awaits the winner of the other semifinal match between Li Jinzi and Nadezda Torlopova.

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Americans Ashton Eaton, Trey Hardee Early Leaders In Men's Decathlon After 2 Events

American Ashton Eaton is the early leader in men's decathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics following the first two events Wednesday morning. Eaton had the best performance in both the 100 meters and long jump, putting him first place with 2079 points. Another member of Team USA, Trey Hardee, two-time defending World Champion, is second, with 1936 points.

All eyes are on Eaton after he scored 9,039 total points at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June, breaking Roman Serbie's 11-year world record. He was also the runner-up to Hardee at the 2011 World Championships

Eaton got off to the best start possible Wednesday morning, winning the 100m dash in 10.35 seconds, and placing first in long jump with a leap of 8.03 meters. Eaton's time in the 100m beat the 10.41s run by American Bill Toomey 44 years ago. Canada's Damian Warner is in third place after the first two events.

Decathlon is a two-day, 10-event competition. Day 1 consists of 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m, and on Day 2 it's 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m.

American Bryan Clay, 2008 gold medalist, failed to qualify for London.

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What To Watch, Day 12: Showdown On The Sand, Quarterfinals Abound

What To Watch Wednesday at the Summer Olympics, including an all-U.S. women's beach volleyball match, quarterfinals in men's volleyball, water polo and basketball, and a loaded women's 200m dash.

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Summer Olympics 2012: Event Schedule, TV Coverage, Streaming For Wednesday

The 2012 London Olympics continue on Wednesday with a slate of track and field finals, and the beach volleyball gold medal match that features Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings. LeBron James and Team USA basketball will play Australia.

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