With day two coming to a close, the medal count is in! The Italians now drop to third behind Team USA, while China reigns supreme once again. Asia continues to dominate everyone everywhere in everything, as China, South Korea, and Japan combine for 22 total medals.
It's day two of the Artistic Gymnastics Competition, and like their male counterparts, the American ladies dominated the field, walking away with a first place spot leading into the Team Finals. Despite their first place finish, the big story for Team USA Gymnastics is still Jordyn Wieber not qualifying for the All-Arounds.
Britain's Beth Tweddle was a major standout individually today, nailing an insanely difficult Uneven Bar routine and walking away with a score of 16.133. Amazing!
Team GB also makes waves by securing a spot for their ladies in the finals as well, continuing yesterday's huge upset by edging their spot over Team Japan. Japan has dominated International Gymnastics for years - a fifth place spot for both their men's and women's teams is definitely out of the ordinary.
Be sure to come back tomorrow (7/30) as we cover the Men's Team Final!
France has beaten Team USA in a stunning come-from-behind victory in the 4x100m freestyle relay! While we may be blatantly pro-USA here at ROFLympics, we can still recognize an amazing performance when we see it.
The world-record holding U.S. team pulled ahead early only to see their half-second lead evaporate into thin air as the French team came storming back against Ryan Lochte in the final leg.
The years of finishing second behind Team USA are finally over for France, who (as you can see) went nuts when they realized that they had just gotten a big hairy American monkey off their backs.
See, we do care about swimmers not named Lochte or Phelps! Defending world champ Dana Vollmer set the world record in the 100m fly today with a time of 55.98 seconds. She cleared the previous record by almost a full second, helping Americans forget about that "Phelps isn't fast anymore" realization that they suffered through yesterday.
What the hell, Colombia?
In the middle of yesterday's qualifying game against Colombia, Abby Wambach got sucker punched by opposing player Lady Andrade. While Andrade insists it was an accident and a "normal part of the game", U.S. Keeper Hope Solo thinks otherwise.
"She got full-on punched," said Solo, who said the U.S. team watched film of the incident afterward. "We hope [Andrade] doesn't get back on the field because it was nasty. She wasn't even looking. It wasn't even a physical play at the time."
For Americans this has become the year of defending champions not performing to expectations. World-class gymnast Jordyn Wieber was edged out by her two teammates in the all-around performance, missing the finals by four-tenths of a point.
In 2011 Wieber defeated Russian super-gymnast Viktoria Komova in the all-around, making this Olympiad a much-anticipated rematch. Now the defending-champ will have to watch from the sidelines as her teammates advance on.