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USA now has 17 Gold, 12 Silver, 11 Bronze.
China 15 Gold, 11 Silver, 10 Bronze.
Australia 9 Gold, 5 Silver, 8 Bronze.
Germany 6 Gold, 6 Silver, 9 Bronze.
Greece 2 Gold, 1 Bronze.

1 World and 3 Olympic records were broken today in Track Cycling.
New Olympic Record set in 50m Rifle 3 positions.

Women:

Swimming
4x100 Medley Relay Heat
China, Germany, Australia, USA, and Japan among others will battle for a medal.
50m Freestyle Semifinals
Jenny Thompson (USA) will go to the Finals! So does Kara Lynn Joyce (USA) and Inge de Bruijn (NED) who won their Semifinal heats, Therese Alshammar (SWE) will join them.
800m Freestyle Finals
Ai Shibata (JPN) Gold, Laure Manaudou (FRA) Silver, Diana Munz (USA) Bronze, Kalyn Keller (USA) 4th.
200m Backstroke Finals
Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) has won Zimbabwe's first two swimming medals ever in these Games, today she won the color that was missing, Gold. A tie for Bronze put Margaret Hoelzer (USA) 5th.

Basketball: Women beat Spain 71-58.

Sailing
470-With a first place finish in the race today Greece was able to claim Gold, the rest of the medals will be decided on Saturday.
Europe Race 9-USA's Meg Galliard 9th.
Mistral Race 6-USA's Lanee Beashel 13th.

Diving: 10m Platform Preliminaries
The following divers go to the Semifinals: Lourdy Tourky (AUS) 2nd, Lao Lishi (CHN) 4th, Laura Wilkinson (USA) 13th, Sara Hildebrand (USA) 14th.

Archery: Team: Stephanie Arnold, Janet Dykman and Jennifer Nichols (USA) unable to make the Quarterfinals.

Gymnastics: Trampoline: Jennifer Parilla (USA) did not qualify for the finals. Anna Dogonadze (GER) awarded Gold, Karen Cockburn (CAN) won Silver, Shanshan Huang (CHN)-Bronze.

Athletics
Discus Throw Qualifying Round
No one from Team USA (Aretha Hill, Seilala Sua, Stephanie Brown) advanced.
800m Round 1
Hazel Clark (USA) missed advancing. Team USA's Jearl Miles Clark and Nicole Teter make the Semifinals.
5000m Round 1
Team USA: Marla Runyan, Shayne Culpepper, Shalane Flanagan all missed qualifying for the Finals.
Heptathlon-100m Hurdles
After the heats: All from Team USA: Michelle Perry-1st, Tiffany Lott-Hogan-2nd, Shelia Burrell-3rd.
Heptathlon-High Jump
After the High Jump: Carolina Kluft (SWE), Michelle Perry (USA) 6th, Tiffany Lott-Hogan (USA) 15th, Shelia Burrell (USA) 17th.
Heptathlon-Shot Put
Denise Lewis (GBR) in 2nd, Team USA: Tiffany Lott-Hogan 8th, Shelia Burrell 17th, Michelle Perry 31st.
Heptathlon-200m
Carolina Kluft 4109 points, Michelle Perry (USA) (first in Heat)-3721 points, Denise Lewis (GBR) 3688 points, Shelia Burrell (USA) 3666 points, Tiffany Lott-Hogan (USA) 3634 points.
100m Dash Heats
Lauryn Williams (USA) and LaTasha Colander (USA) won their heats and go to the Quarterfinals. Gail Devers (USA) advances to the Quarterfinals. Robina Muqim Yaar (AFG) finished 7th in her heat, 62nd overall, she didn't make the Quarterfinals, neither did Alaa Jassim (IRQ) who was 8th in her heat.
100m Dash Quarterfinals
Lauryn Williams (USA) who won her heat, LaTasha Colander (USA), Gail Devers (USA), Merlene Ottey (SLO) and Christine Arron (FRA) who won her heat, all go to the Semifinals.

Men:

Athletics
Triple Jump Qualifiers
Melvin Lister (USA) didn't make the finals. Kenta Bell (USA) and Walter Davis (USA) made the Finals.
Men's Hammer Throw Qualifying
A.G. Kruger (USA) and James Parker (USA)-Did not qualify for Finals.
Men's High Jump Qualifying Round
Tora Harris (USA) unable to advance to the Finals. Team USA's Matt Hemingway and Jamie Nieto make the Finals.
1500m Heats
Alan Webb (USA) did not qualify for the Semifinals.
400m Round 1
Otis Harris (USA) and Derrick Brew (USA) who won his heat, both make the Semifinals. Jeremy Wariner (USA) won his heat so easily, he practically jogged across the finish line, he also made the Semifinals.
Men's 20km Walk Finals
Team USA-Timothy Seaman 20th, Kevin Eastler 21st, John Nunn 26th.
10,000m Final
Ethiopia took home Gold (Kenenisa Bekele, who set an Olympic Record) and Silver (Sileshi Sihine). Bronze for Zersenay Tadesse of Eritrea. 5th was awarded to Haile Gebrselassie. Team USA: Daniel Browne 12th, Abdihakem Abdirahman 15th, Dathan Ritzhein didn't finish.

Canoe/Kayak Slalom
Kayak Single Semifinals
Scott Parsons (USA) made the finals. Brett Heyl (USA) was 15th and didn't make the finals.
Kayak Single Finals
Scott Parsons (USA) finished 6th.

Beach Volleyball: Holdren/Metzger the remaining USA team win against Germany's Dieckmann/Reckermann and move to the Quarterfinals!

Swimming
1500m Heats
Larsen Jensen (USA), Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE), Grant Hackett (AUS), Craig Stevens (AUS) make the finals. Erik Vendt (USA) did not.
4x100 Medley Relay Heats
Among others USA, Germany, Great Britain, and Japan make the finals. Australia did not.
100m Butterfly Finals
Michael Phelps (USA) set a new Olympic Record and managed to out touch (somehow!) Ian Crocker (USA) for the Gold!
50m Freestyle Final
Gary Hall Jr. (USA) with Gold, Duje Draganja Silver, first Swimming medal for Croatia, Roland Schoeman (RSA) Bronze, Jason Lezak (USA) 5th, Brett Hawke (AUS) 6th, Salim Illes (ALG) 8th.

Sailing
Windsurfing Mistral Race 5-USA's Peter Wells 22nd.
Open Single-handed Dinghy Laser Race 10-USA's Mark Mendelblatt 6th.
Open Double-handed Dinghy 49er Race 9-USA's Tim Wadlow/Pete Spaudling won 1st.

=) Megan
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USA now has 17 Gold, 12 Silver, 11 Bronze.
China 15 Gold, 11 Silver, 10 Bronze.
Australia 9 Gold, 5 Silver, 8 Bronze.
Germany 6 Gold, 6 Silver, 9 Bronze.
Greece 2 Gold, 1 Bronze.


And just to put this in some perspective, here are the populations of the above countries:

2 China 1,246,871,951

4 United States 272,639,608

13 Germany 82,087,361

54 Australia 18,783,551

70 Greece 10,707,135


Not trying to gloat or anything, but it seems ourselves and the hosts are doing pretty well for our size!

Primm
*proud Aussie*

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Most of that is due to your excellent swimmers. How well's it gonna hold up now that the swimming is done?
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Most of that is due to your excellent swimmers. How well's it gonna hold up now that the swimming is done?


The Aussies have 15 medals in swimming, and 15 medals in other events, as of the end of yesterday's events.

Taking out those 15 swimming medals, the remaining 15 would still rank 12th in the world in total medals.

On a per capita basis, the US has about 0.18 medals per million residents. The Aussies have 1.58 medals per million residents. Even taking out their swimming medals, the Aussies have about 0.79 medals per million residents.

By the way, the US has 28 swimming medals and 21 non-swimming medals--just 6 more than the Aussies. We'd suffer quite a bit in the total standings without swimming, too, if we're going to cherry-pick which events to consider. The US would drop to less than 0.08 medals per million residents without swimming.

Granted, the US will add more than Australia will in track, but I think the Aussies have more than adequate reason to be proud of their efforts.

--WP
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Most of that is due to your excellent swimmers. How well's it gonna hold up now that the swimming is done?

We usually start with a bang due to the swimming, and then slip down the table once the athletics starts!

But still not too bad considering - we do alright in some other areas like cycling (did you catch Anna Woods/ Kearns world record? Not too shabby!) and some of the more obscure events, so we hold our own.

Especially when you consider that we have less than 1/10th the population of the US.

Primm
*just saying*
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Granted, the US will add more than Australia will in track, but I think the Aussies have more than adequate reason to be proud of their efforts.

Dude, thanks for the research! I'm too lazy for that...

Primm
*grateful for motivated people*
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Most of that is due to your excellent swimmers. How well's it gonna hold up now that the swimming is done?

Or come the Winter Olympics in 2 years ;)

Seriously though, definitely have cause to be proud. The Thorpedo alone gives you some bragging rights :)
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Seriously though, definitely have cause to be proud. The Thorpedo alone gives you some bragging rights :)

Ooh, yeah. He is seriously doable.

Michael Phelps has the body, but his ears kinda let him down. Thorpey is The Complete Package.

Primm
*drooling*

Oh, hang on, you meant his swimming talent. Never mind...
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Oh, hang on, you meant his swimming talent. Never mind...


Hey I can appreciate the whole package, I just wish the suit didn't cover up so much.

I love the washboard abs and the little cuts at the side of the pelvis.

I think that is why I watch diving more than swimming. No wet suits there, just tight little speedos :)
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