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Kayla Harrison won the United States' first Olympics gold medal in judo in London on Thursday.
British cyclist Bradley Wiggins recently became the first Brit to win the Tour de France, but the 32-year-old one-upped himself on Wednesday while competing for the home team in the 2012 London Olympics. He earned Great Britain its second gold medal of the games when he crossed the finish line in the men's time trial race.
Wiggins ended the race with a time of 50:39.54 -- a whopping 42 seconds ahead of his closest competitor -- as he became the first cyclist to win both the Tour de France and a gold medal at the Olympics in the same summer.
More important than that was how Wiggins also became his country's most successful Olympic athlete, as he passed Sir Steve Redgrave's mark of six medals by earning his seventh in the time trial. It's quite the feat -- especially considering that prior to Wednesday the host team had been held without a gold medal -- so Wiggins's celebration plans pretty much make sense.
"I'm certainly going to go get a bit drunk tonight, but I think I've earned it," Wiggins said. His drink of choice? A vodka tonic.
Wiggins's country will be celebrating his big victory too, as The Mirror reports that those in Great Britain will be able to buy a stamp commemorating the cyclist's feats beginning on Thursday.
Royal Mail chief executive Moya Greene said: "We're delighted to be issuing these very special gold medal stamps to recognise our Olympic champion UK athletes. This is a first for Royal Mail and we are proud to play our part in celebrating the many victories this summer."
The best news about the Wiggins win on Wednesday is probably that it likely won't be his country's last. Track cycling -- where Britain took home seven of the ten gold medals at Beijing in 2008 -- begins on Thursday.
Nathan Adrian isn't the name most associate with Team USA when it comes to men's swimming, but the 23-year-old took a step closer to Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte on Wednesday at the 2012 London Olympics by winning the gold medal in the exciting 100 meter freestyle final.
The Washington native and Cal-Berkeley graduate -- he majored in public health and graduated with honors, for what that's worth -- ended the 100 meter race with a time of 47.52 seconds, coming back to finish just one one-hundredth of a second faster than Australia's James Magnussen.
Adrian's gold medal on Wednesday was the first of his individual swimming career (he was a part of 4x100 freestyle gold medal team in 2008 at Beijing) and he looked the part following his victory ... at least until he figured out what he'd just accomplished, anyway.
"I don't like to put pressure on myself so I don't like to think about it as the Olympics, so you could probably tell on my face, 'Oh, sweet, I won the heat!' " Adrian told USA Today. "It took a minute and I was like, 'This is the Olympics.' It was a moment of disbelief."
The American's close margin of victory also likely left Magnussen in a bit of disbelief, as USA Today has documented a bit of a rivalry between he and Adrian.
The victory tasted sweeter because not only had Magnussen won the event at the 2011 world championships (Adrian finished sixth), but the 21-year-old Aussie had promised that he'd win gold in the 100 free at these Olympics.
"There's a lot to be said, but until you actually get into the water and do it, it all doesn't mean anything," Adrian said.
Adrian will attempt to follow up Wednesday's big win this weekend, starting with the men's 4x100 medley relay heats on Friday.
Team USA has been quite impressive in the pool at the 2012 London Olympics thus far. It continued on Wednesday too, as the women were able to pick up yet another gold medal in the 800 meter freestyle relay finale.
Anchored by Allison Schmitt, America's young Olympians raced their way to an Olympic record -- and Team USA's 18th swimming medal thus far this summer -- with a time of 7:42.92. Australia actually led by over half of a second prior to Schmitt's entrance, but her astounding time of 1:54.09 was just too much for anyone else in the pool to keep up with.
"It was neck-and-neck the whole race," Schmitt said after the race. "I just wanted to bring up the energy and bring home the gold tonight in the relay."
While that quote talks about Schmitt bringing the energy, it's been fun thus far to see how relaxed the young American swimmers have been thus far in the summer games.
The relay swimmers danced on deck to a Rihanna song before the session, then took that relaxed demeanor into the race. When the Americans fell behind, they didn't panic.
"I had confidence in them," Schmitt said, "and I just wanted to bring it home for them."
It was Schmitt's second gold medal of the summer and fourth overall after also picking up a silver and a bronze in earlier events. Missy Franklin and Dana Vollmer also picked up their second medals of the summer, while Shannon Vreeland picked up her first.
Angel McCoughtry and Team USA trounced Turkey on Wednesday in women's basketball, as pool play continued at the 2012 London Olympics.
Swimmer roomies have a lot of bling and at least one made bed.
Athletes are banned from mentioning their sponsors on Facebook, Twitter or other social media during the Games. For many, it's their main source of income and they are protesting.
Allison Schmitt anchored the United States to a come-from-behind victory in the women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay final, setting an Olympic record in the process.
Americans Mariel Zagunis and Seth Kelsey barely missed medals in their respective fencing events on Wednesday at the 2012 Olympics.
Rebecca Soni went 2:20.00 in the women's 200-meter breaststroke semifinal Wednesday at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, setting a world record by .12 seconds. Soni couldn't quite break the 2:20 barrier, but she'll get another shot at it in the final Thursday at 2:40 p.m. ET.
Soni broke the record set by Annamay Pierse of Canada in 2009. Soni had previously held the record after swimming the event in 2:20.22 at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In London, she led after every turn of the race and posted a sub 36-second split in the second leg.
Satomi Suzuki finished second in the semi at 2.40 seconds behind Soni. Rikke Pedersen of Denmark posted the fastest time in the first semifinal at 2:22.23. Suffice it to say Soni will be among the favorites for a gold medal.
Liuyang Jiao of China won the gold medal in the women's 200-meter butterfly final Wednesday at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She took silver in Beijing.
Nathan Adrian won another U.S. gold in the pool on Wednesday, winning a thrilling 100m freestyle over James Magnussen by .01 seconds.
Daniel Gyurta set a world record while winning a gold medal in the men's 200m breaststroke.
Two-time Olympic fencing champion Mariel Zagunis has been one of the U.S. team's more familiar faces ever since her upset victory in women's sabre in Athens. But Team USA's flag-bearer for the 2012 London Olympics will not win her third gold medal in the event after falling in a semifinal match to Kim Jiyeon.
Zagunis led 8-2 after the first three-minute period of the match, and 12-5 in the second period, but Kim ripped off 10 touches to Zagunis' one from that point on, stunning the gold medal favorite in the event.
Zagunis' defeat means there will be a new Olympic champion in women's sabre. Not only that, the champion will be someone other than Zagunis for the very first time, since the event had its premier in Athens.
This was her first loss ever in women's sabre, but Zagunis can still win bronze by defeating the loser of the other semifinal match between Olga Kharlan and Sophia Velikaia in a bronze medal match later on Wednesday.
The United States and China are still very much ahead of the pack in the medal count for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The two countries have been jockeying atop the standings since the games began, and they remain competitive so far Wednesday. The U.S. has added three medals to its total (one gold, two bronze) the Chinese have added four (two gold, two silver).
The highlight of the day so far for the Americans has been Kristin Armstrong, who won her second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the women's cycling individual time trial with a dominant showing. Team USA also added a bronze in the women's rowing quadruple sculls.
The United States took bronze in the men's diving 3-meter springboard. The Chinese took gold in the event, however, continuing their dominance in the sport. China took silver in the women's 25-meter pistol, and earned another gold and silver in an all-China final in women's singles table tennis.
There are plenty more medal opportunities coming up for the Americans. Mariel Zagunis is going for her third straight Olympic gold in the women's fencing individual sabre, and Danell Lleyva and John Orozco should vie for medals in the men's gymnastics individual all-around competition.
Here is a look at the top five countries in the medal count after four days of action:
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South Korea’s Dae-Nam Song won the gold medal in men’s middleweight judo defeating Asley Gonzalez of Cuba in the finals.
North Korea picked up another gold medal in weightlifting at the 2012 London Olympics on Wednesday as Rim Jong Sim won the women's 69-kilogram event.
Jangmi Kim won the first ever gold medal for South Korea in the women’s 25m pistol discipline, beating out 2008 gold medalist Ying Chen of China
French judoka Lucie Decosse won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics on Wednesday in the 70-kilogram women's judo final.
China's Xiaoxia Li took home the gold medal in women's table tennis on Wednesday. She defeated fellow countrywoman Ning Ding in the final.
Bradley Wiggins is now Great Britain's most decorated Olympian ever after winning a gold medal in the cycling time trial on Wednesday at the Summer Games.
China picked up yet another victory in a diving event on Wednesday morning as Luo Yutong and Qin Kai picked up a victory in the men's 3-meter synchronized diving final. China has won the gold medal in all four diving events thus far at the 2012 London Olympics.
Daniele Molmenti of Italy claimed the gold medal in men's whitewater K-1 kayak on Wednesday. It was the first Olympic gold medal for Molmenti.
Serena Williams continued to power through the women’s singles bracket on Wednesday with a 6-1, 6-0 third-round win over Russia’s Vera Zvonareva.
Serena had 32 winners to only eight unforced errors, but her path looks to get more challenging in the next round as she’ll face the winner of a match between Dane Caroline Wozniacki and Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova. Also advancing in the women’s bracket on Wednesday was Belgium’s Kim Clijsters who topped Serb Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-4.
On the men’s side Roger Federer beat Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 7-5, 6-3. Federer was struggling, tied 5-5 in the first set prior to a rain delay, but when play resumed he took control of the match and won fairly easily.
And one day after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Milos Raonic in the longest match in Olympic history, the longest doubles match in Olympic history took place. The Brazilian team of Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo beat Czechs Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek 1-6, 6-4, 24-22.
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What To Watch on Day at the Summer Olympics, including Michael Phelps in the pool, the men's individual all-around in gymnastics and the fastest men's cyclists in the world.
American Kristin Armstrong won her second consecutive gold medal in the women's time trial on Wednesday.
Late Tuesday night on the East Coast, news broke that multiple teams in the women's badminton tournament at the Summer Olympics were facing discipline after being accused of throwing matches. Teams from China, Indonesia and South Korea were seemingly surrendering points on purpose, hoping to lose in order to gain a better draw in the elimination round.
At the time, the Badminton World Federation announced that eight women were charged with "not using one's best efforts to win a match" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport," but the punishments were not yet known. Until Wednesday. According to the Daily Telegraph's Paul Kelso, all eight players have been disqualified from the Olympics for match fixing.
The players, Chinese world champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, Greysia Poli and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia and two South Korean pairs, Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na, and Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min Jung, have been charged with attempting to throw their matches in an attempt to secure a favourable quarter-final draw.
You can watch video of both China's Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli and South Korean's Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na apparently trying to throw their women's doubles match here at NBC Olympics.
Stick with SB Nation for more on the 2012 Summer Olympics, and this StoryStream as the badminton scandal unfolds.
Germany won gold in rowing men's eight Wednesday at the Olympics, leading the race from start to finish.
Ukraine captured a gold medal in the women's quadruple sculls at the London 2012 Olympics on Wednesday.
Helen Glover and Heather Stanning have captured Great Britain's first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympics with their win in women's pair.
The fifth day of the 2012 London Olympics will begin with the United States and China continuing its battle for dominance in the medal count. As things stand the two nations are tied at 23 medals apiece, but China holds a 13-9 lead in gold medals. Both countries will have several chances to pick up some more hardware on Wednesday.
Among the gold medal events athletes from the United States will compete in include two cycling events: the men's and women's individual time trial. Kristin Armstrong and Amber Neben will go for gold in the women's event while Taylor Phinney rides for the men's team.
NBC's primetime coverage will include the men's all-around gymnastics champion, which will feature the United States' John Orozco and Danell Leyva. But for those looking to watch it live, NBCOlympics.com will have a stream available when it takes place at 11:30 a.m. ET.
The day's swimming events will include Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin. To catch them and the rest of the action, here are some highlights from the day's television schedule (all times Eastern):
4 a.m.-8 p.m. - NBC Sports Network
Cycling - Women's Individual time trial - 7:30 a.m.
Men's Soccer - Brazil vs. New Zealand - 9:30 a.m.
Women's Basketball - United States vs. Turkey - 5:15 p.m.
7 a.m.-3 p.m. - Bravo
Tennis - Round-of-16 (men's and women's), mixed doubles
9 a.m.-6 p.m. - MSNBC
Fencing - Women's Sabre Round-of-32, Round-of-16 and Quarterfinals - 9 a.m.
Fencing - Women's Sabre Semifinals and Bronze Medal - 1:45 p.m.
Fencing - Women's Sabre Final - 3:30 p.m.
5 p.m.-8 p.m. - CNBC
Boxing - Men's bantamweight, heavyweight and super heavyweight elimination matches
10 a.m.-5 p.m. - NBC
Cycling - Men's individual time trial - 10 a.m.
Swimming - Qualifying - 11:05 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Women's Volleyball - USA vs. China - 3:00 p.m.
8 p.m.-12 a.m. - NBC
Men's Gymnastics - All-around champion
Swimming - Gold medal finals (Men's: 200m breaststroke, 100m freestyle; Women's: 4x200m freestyle, 200m butterfly)
Women' Beach Volleyball - USA vs. Austria
SI.com has a complete medal tracker to keep up to date with the top nations.
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