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The penultimate night of the Olympics closed with Men's 10m Diving Finals!

David Boudia of Team USA wins gold!

Tom Daly of Team GB wins bronze! (First UK diving medal since 1960!)


US Women Win 4x400m Relay

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The US shot for six relay titles in a row - and boy did they get it.

The US Women had a phenominal night last night too. They smashed the 4x100m relay record with a time of 40.82, more than a half-second better than a record that had stood for 27 years.

Today's 4x400m record left Team US with the fourth fastest 4x400m relay time in history, with a final time of 3:16.88. These girls were dominant from start to finish, with Russia and Jamaica finishing in second and third.

Today's Medal Count: Italy Back in the Top 10!

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After an extended stay outside of the top 10, Italy has returned to medal counting prominence!

Italy's top 10 placing in the medal standings is truly a great accomplishment that can be counted alongside the Sistine Chapel, the distinct boot shape of the country itself, and Renaissance artist Donatello.

Historic Day on the Track

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In a day for the record books, we had a world record broken, an historic performance in the women's 1500, and a man with no legs anchor his team in the 4x400 relay.

In Beijing, Team USA's women failed to make the 400m relay finals after flubbing a baton handoff. This time around they annihilated the world record.

But the fun didn't stop there. Middle-distance runner Shannon Rowbury's sixth place finish in the 1500m was the highest finish in the event in American history, improving on her seventh place effort in Beijing.

The day's track and field fun concluded with double-amputee Oscar Pistorius running the anchor leg for South Africa in the 4x400 meter relay, while French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie cleared an Olympic record height for the gold.


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I guess this stopped being relevant when Team USA took the medal lead...

Today's Medal Count: Yay English Speaking Countries!

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The United States is now FIRST in our medal count thanks to Track and Field events!

Australia FINALLY cracked the top ten!

And Great Britain remains in third, continuing their most successful Olympic run ever!

HOORAY FOR ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES! In honor of English, here are some ENGLISH FACTS! In addition to being the most widespread language in the world, English also has one of the largest vocabularies, but the letter combination "ough" can be pronounced in eight different ways. Also, since you're reading this right now, we can assume you also speak English. NICE WORK!

U.S. Women Win Gold in Soccer

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In a 2-1 victory over Japan, the U.S. Women claimed a gold medal in front of a nearly sold out Wembley Stadium. This game was more or less a rematch of last years' World Cup final, where Japan beat the U.S.

Midfielder Carly Lloyd scored BOTH goals for the U.S. starting with a goal in the eighth minute. Japan pushed back, finally managing to score in the 64th minute. Japan continued to gain momentum thanks to a passionate crowd, but the American ladies held their ground and kept Team Japan at bay.

With the exception of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the U.S. ladies have won the gold in women's soccer in every Games since it became an Olympic sport in 1996. That's my kind of track record.