Recap: Missy Franklin's coming out party

sports@macon.comJuly 30, 2012 

The Telegraph’s recap of the second day of the London Olympics.

A star is born: Teenager Missy Franklin earned her first gold medal when she won the 100-meter backstroke Monday. The 17-year-old came from behind in the final 20 meters to earn the victory, which was made even more impressive considering Franklin swam in a preliminary heat for the 200-meter freestyle just 20 minutes before the backstroke final. Matt Grevers added a gold to USA Swimming’s medal haul when he won the 100-meter backstroke. Nick Thoman earned a silver finishing behind Grevers, while Rebecca Soni won silver in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Disappointing performance: A day after America’s world champion gymnast Jordyn Wieber failed to make the all-around final, the U.S. men’s gymnastics team finished a disappointing fifth in the team competition. The Americans were first in Saturday’s qualifying, but falls in the pommel horse and vault derailed the United States’ hopes of its first men’s team medal in a non-boycotted Olympics.

Shooting straight: Eatonton native Vincent Hancock finished skeet shooting qualifying in first place, putting him in position to win a second consecutive gold medal.

New streak: After winning no diving medals in the past two Olympics, the U.S. won its second diving medal in as many days when David Boudia and Nicholas McCrory won bronze in the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform competition.

Drive for three: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh remained undefeated in Olympic competition following a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic team. The American duo is seeking its third straight beach volleyball gold medal.

How the USA’s teams fared

Women’s basketball: The United States cruised to an easy 90-38 win over Angola Monday. Candace Parker led the Americans with 14 points. Next: U.S. vs. Turkey, Wednesday, 5:15 p.m.

Women’s water polo: Maggie Steffens scored seven goals as the United States was able to hold off Hungary for a 14-13 victory. Next: U.S. vs. Spain, Wednesday, 1:20 p.m.

Women’s volleyball: Destinee Hooker scored a match-high 23 points to lead the U.S. to a 3-1 win (25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21) over defending gold medalist Brazil. These were the top two ranked teams in the world, with the Americans ranked No. 1. Next: U.S. vs. China, Wednesday, 3 p.m.

U.S. medal winners

Gold: Missy Franklin, swimming, 100-meter backstroke

Gold: Matt Grevers, swimming, 100-meter backstroke

Silver:Nick Thoman, swimming, 100-meter backstroke

Silver:Rebecca Soni. swimming, 100-meter breaststroke

Bronze: David Boudia and Nicholas McCrory, diving, men’s synchronized 10-meter platform

Bronze: Marti Malloy, judo, women’s 57kg

Medal Count

Gold-Silver-Bronze-Total

China 9-5-3-17

United States 5-7-5-17

Japan 1-4-6-11

Italy 2-4-2-8

South Korea 2-2-2-6

Russia 2-0-3-5

North Korea 3-0-1-4

Australia 1-2-1-4

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