This article was written by Haoyun Su based on reporting from The Associated Press.
On Thursday, the sixth day of London Olympics, the U.S. collected eight medals, including six gold medals – the biggest leap since the games started.*
Michael Phelps beat Ryan Lochte in the men's 200-meter medley and won his first individual gold. Gabby Douglas won the gold medal in the women's gymnastics all-around competition and became the first African-American to win gymnastics' biggest prize.
Former MU shot-putter to compete Friday
A 2003 MU graduate and former Columbia resident, Christian Cantwell, will be going for gold in London on August 3.
At the trials, Cantwell threw 69 feet, 9.75 inches. His throw earned him third place behind Reese Hoffa and Adam Nelson who both threw 72 feet and 5.75 inches.
Cantwell competed in his first Olympics at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and earned a silver medal.
Douglas has a golden night
Known as "The Flying Squirrel," Douglas added the all-around title Thursday to the team title she won with the U.S. team two nights earlier at the London Games.
Douglas became the third straight American, as well as the first African-American, to win gymnastics' biggest prize. She finished with a score of 62.232, less than three-tenths ahead of Viktoria Komova of Russia. Russian Aliya Mustafina won the bronze.
Phelps is still the man
Michael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley Thursday for his first individual gold of the London Olympics.
The American clocked 1 minute, 54.27 seconds for his record 20th career Olympic medal and 16th gold. Teammate Ryan Lochte touched in 1:54.90 to take the silver medal and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary was third in 1:56.22.
Phelps also advanced to men's 100m butterfly final in first place.
The U.S. and China are tied for the number of gold medals, and host country Britain makes it into the top five with five gold medals and 15 total.
Basketball team breaks record
The U.S. team had scored 100 points by the middle of the third quarter and added another 56 points by the end of the game. It was that kind of night for the Americans.
Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points and set the U.S. Olympic mark for points in a game — in less than three quarters. The U.S. also set the Olympic record for points in a game and points in a half (78). The Americans bettered the U.S. records as well for 3-pointers (26), field goals (50) and field-goal percentage (71).
Brazilian men unbeaten in beach volleyball
Three American teams finished the beach volleyball round-robin atop their pools, and defending world champions Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti of Brazil struggled through an extended first set to beat Italy on Thursday and win their pool at the London Olympics. The Brazilians beat Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo 26-24, 21-18.
Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross finished 3-0 with a 21-19, 19-21, 19-17 victory over Spain. Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor finished their pool play with a No. 1 seed on Wednesday, as did Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal. Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor beat Austria on Thursday for their 17th consecutive win. Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser were scheduled to play later Thursday night.
Roger Federer advances to semifinal
Federer advanced Thursday to the semifinals by beating John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (5). With that tall hurdle cleared, four-time Olympian Federer needs one more win to clinch the first singles medal of his career, which would plug the biggest hole in a resume that includes a record 17 Grand Slam titles.
On Friday, Federer will face No. 8-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.
All in the details
What to watch
Visit NBC.com for the full schedule of Olympic events Friday.
8:30 a.m. CDT: Men's 25m pistol final
9:37 a.m.: Men's archery individual final
10 a.m.: Women's 78kg judo final
11:59 a.m.: Men's team pursuit cycling final
1 p.m.: Men's 85kg weightlifting final
1:30 p.m.: Women's 200m backstroke final
1:38 p.m.: Men's 100m butterfly final
1:45 p.m. Women's 800m freestyle final
2:09 p.m.: Men's 50m freestyle final
3:25 p.m.: Women's 10,000m final (track and field)
Find complete coverage of the London 2012 Summer Olympics from The Associated Press at http://summergames.ap.org/columbiamissourian.
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