DAY FOUR IN A NUTSHELL
Record-breaking: Michael Phelps achieved another remarkable milestone when he became the most prolific medallist in Olympic history. The American took silver in the 200m butterly and gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay to move to 19 medals, overtaking Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina. He could add three more to his tally by the end of the week.
LEADING BRITS IN ACTION
Flawless performances from William Fox-Pitt and Mary King helped Great Britain's eventing team medal for a third consecutive Games — taking silver behind Germany.
Great Britain finished sixth behind winners the USA in the women's team gymnastics.
Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow finished fifth in the women's 10m synchronised diving.
Ben Ainslie lies second in the Finn class sailing, well behind leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen.
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson lead in the Star class sailing after six races.
Ellen Gandy, one of GB's biggest swimming medal hopes at London 2012, crashed out of the Olympics after the heats of the 200m butterfly.
The men's lightweight four and single sculler Alan Campbell qualified for their respective finals with superb performances.
Andy Murray reached the third round of the London 2012 singles after beating Jarkko Nieminen, and was given a mixed doubles wildcard with Laura Robson.
Fencing medal hopeful Richard Kruse lost in the first round of the men's individual foil.
World number one David Florence missed out on the C-1 canoe slalom after finishing a lowly 10th in qualifying.
Great Britain's women beat South Korea 5-3 to move closer to the hockey semi-finals.
Great Britain's women footballers beat Brazil 1-0 in the final group game at Wembley Stadium to maintain their 100 per cent record at the Olympic Games.
Is Phelps really the greatest Olympian ever? He already had more golds than anyone else before London. Now he has the most medals outright. But does that guarantee him top spot in the Olympic pantheon? Critics would point to the abundance of available medals in swimming, his lack of iconic performances and his drop in performance in London (no individual golds in three attempts). Further evidence that medals are not everything come from the woman he overtook — Larisa Latynina. How many people would claim she is a greater Olympian than Jesse Owens or Nadia Comaneci?
France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga finally overcame Canadian Milos Raonic 6-3 3-6 25-23 in the longest three-set match in Olympic tennis history to reach the final 16 of the men's singles - the match took just under four hours.
China — Not so much a good day as a good Olympics. They topped the medal table on home soil in Beijing, and are on course to do it again. Four more golds today, including another for swimming sensation Ye Shiwen, have moved them to 13. Which is 13 more than Great Britain.
Great Britain — The gold drought continues, though the eventing team were the only realistic medal hopes today. However, there are worrying signs from across sports. The struggles today of sailor Ben Ainslie, canoeist David Florence and swimmer Ellen Gandy have all added to the anxiety. Meanwhile, Team GB has revised its maximum predicted medal haul down from 70 to 60.
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GOLD MEDALS AWARDED TODAY
Equestrian - Team Eventing — Germany
Equestrian - Individual Eventing — Michael Jung (GER)
Shooting - Men's Skeet — Vincent Hancock (USA)
Diving - Women's Synchronised 10m Platform — Chen/Wang (CHN)
Canoe Slalom - Men's Canoe Single — Tony Estanguet (FRA)
Judo - Women's Half Middleweight (58-63 kg) — Urska Zolnir (SLO)
Judo - Men's Half Middleweight (73-81 kg) — Kim Jae-Bum (KOR)
Gymnastics - Women's Team — USA
Weightlifting - Women's 63kg — Maiya Maneza (KAZ)
Weightlifting - Men's 69kg - Lin Qingfeng (CHN)
Fencing - Men's Individual Foil - Lei Sheng (CHN)
Swimming - Women's 200m Freestyle — Allison Schmitt (USA)
Swimming - Men's 200m Butterfly — Chad Le Clos (RSA)
Swimming - Women's 200m Individual Medley — Ye Shiwen (CHN)
Swimming - Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay - USA
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Alex Chick will be writing from London 2012 throughout the Olympic Games.