Best of the Day
Britain's gold rush came to a temporary halt on Wednesday but there were still plenty of stand-out moments. We pick out our favourites...
Last Updated: 08/08/12 10:38pm
Allyson Felix: finally won a gold after two near-misses
Luck shines on Felix
Allyson Felix finally got her hands on an Olympic 200 metres gold medal with a superb victory in the London 2012 final.
Felix, runner-up in Athens and Beijing to Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, overcame a sluggish start to lead coming off the bend and was never going to be caught.
The 26-year-old American clocked a time of 21.88s to finish 0.21s ahead of 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
America's Carmelita Jeter, silver medallist over 100m, took bronze with Campbell-Brown fourth and failing in her bid to become the first woman to win a track event for three Olympics in succession.
"Finally, it has been a long time coming," a delighted Felix said. "I've waited so long for this moment and I am just overjoyed.
"There are so many people I lover here tonight and I am just overjoyed to share it with them," the 26-year-old from Los Angeles added.
Nicola Adams will fight Ren Cancan of China for the women's flyweight gold medal on Thursday after getting the better of five-time world champion Mary Kom in their semi-final at ExCeL.
Indian superstar Kom went straight on the offensive, but the early moments were messy as Kom sought to muscle up close and was repelled by the much bigger Adams.
The Briton's major reach advantage helped her score with a pair of left jabs, but Kom made light of the size discrepancy by landing a right hand of her own as Adams took the opening round 3-1 on the scoreboard.
Adams continued to box smartly in the second, two big right uppercuts helping her stretch her lead by a further point to 5-2 at the halfway stage, and wobbled Kom with a left in the third as the Indian was forced to be less cautious.
Adams took an 8-4 lead into the last round, and Kom admirably kept searching for a way through until the dying moments, but Adams was too clever to let her big chance slip and saw the fight out for a comprehensive 11-6 win.
Afterwards Adams, who almost gave up the sport four years ago due to funding concerns, insisted she had no fear of returning to the ring against the Chinese fighter, to whom she has lost in each of the last two world finals.
Adams, who also holds a one-point win over Ren from the Strandja Cup in February this year, said: "I've been training for this moment since I was 12 years old and to think it is finally here is just incredible.
"I am going to treat it like a normal tournament, and hopefully the crowd will give me a boost to edge away and get the gold. I've beaten her once before and I'm definitely confident I can go out and do it again."
Usain Bolt moved to within one win of an unprecedented second successive Olympic sprint double as he won his 200m semi-final in impressive fashion.
While many already consider the Jamaican superstar a legend for winning triple gold in Beijing and defending his 100m title here on Sunday, Bolt himself insists he also has to retain his 200m title in order to earn that status.
And the 25-year-old looks an increasingly certain bet to do just that, effectively winning his semi-final before halfway and almost jogging down the home straight to win in 20.18 seconds.
Bolt's Jamaican training partner Yohan Blake was the fastest qualifier after also slowing down markedly in winning the opening semi-final in 20.01secs, but Bolt has no doubts he will put his training partner in his place once again on Thursday.
"No doubt whatsoever," Bolt said. "I'm ready, this is my favourite event, so I'm looking forward to it."
Bolt added that the final could well see his world record of 19.19sec tumble. "It's a possibility, definitely. I can't say but the track is fast, it's going to be a good race.
"There are going to be a lot of great competitors so I'm looking forward to it."
Medal - but what colour?
Great Britain sailors Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are guaranteed an Olympic medal in the women's 470 class at London 2012.
The pair have amassed a large enough points margin after the end of the opening 10-race series to be sure that they will leave with at least a bronze.
Silver is also theirs as long as they are not disqualified or black flagged in Friday's medal race.
Mills and Clark now face a straight fight with New Zealand's Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie for gold, with the pair level on 33 points.
Clark said: "We had a pretty tough race earlier but came back really well in the second race. We just wanted to make sure we went into the medal race tomorrow with a chance.
"My dream was to go an Olympics and maybe become a medallist but to be guaranteed of a medal and have a chance of Gold is absolutely awesome."
And Mills, who is making her Olympic debut, said: "We have had a really good week. Some things have not gone our way but it is swings and roundabouts and we are now level points."
China clinched a clean sweep of Olympic table tennis gold medals for a second successive Games after seeing off South Korea in the men's team event.
The Asian powerhouses maintained their dominance from Beijing four years ago thanks to the efforts of Ma Long, Zhang Jike and Wang Hao.
South Korea's trio of Ryu Seung-min, Joo Sae-hyuk and Oh Sang-eun had no answer to their opponents and fell to a comprehensive 3-0 defeat.
Ma and Zhang both won their respective singles matches before the latter teamed up with Wang to see off Oh Sangeun and Ryu in the doubles.
Victory for the men follows up the team success of China's women, as well as the individual golds for Zhang and Li Xiaoxia.
Germany, meanwhile, took the bronze medal as their trio of Timo Boll, Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Bastian Steger beat Hong Kong 3-1.