OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS: U.S. wins gold in gymnastics; Algerian runner returns to games

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 | 7:16 p.m. CDT; updated 7:50 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 7, 2012
At the London Games on Tuesday, the U.S. women's basketball team beat Canada to advance to the semifinals, U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman won the women's floor exercises and Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria won a gold in the men's 1500-meter.

This article was written by Garrett Evans based on reporting from The Associated Press.

At Tuesday's Olympics, the United States gained several gold medals, and the games saw the return of an Algerian athlete who was given a second chance.

Gymnast Aly Raisman takes home gold for U.S. in floor exercise

U.S. women's gymnastics team captain Aly Raisman won a gold medal Tuesday in the floor exercise at North Greenwich Arena. Romania's Catalina Ponor claimed silver, and Aliya Mustafina of Russia got the bronze.

Raisman also won a bronze medal earlier in the day during the beam exercise. Fellow U.S. teammate Gabby Douglas placed seventh in the beam. Linlin Deng and Lu Sui, both of China, won the gold and silver, respectively.

Algerian runner Makhloufi gets second chance, wins 1500-meter

Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi won the 1500-meter Tuesday, a day after being asked to leave by officials for appearing to lack effort in the 800-meter race.

On Monday, a London referee kicked Makhloufi out of the 800-meter for "failure to compete honestly with bona fide effort" after he slowed down and pulled himself out of the race on the first lap.

After a doctor confirmed that his performance was instead due to a left-knee injury, track officials allowed him to compete in the 1500-meter.

U.S. women's water polo team to face Spain 

Defeating Australia on Tuesday, the U.S. women's water polo team advanced to the final against Spain on Thursday. The U.S. beat Australia in overtime, ending the game at a close 11-9.

U.S. defeats Canada in women's basketball, 91-48  

In another win Tuesday, the U.S. women's basketball team easily defeated Canada, with a final score of 91-48. With this win, the U.S. team will advance to the basketball semifinals Thursday to face Australia, who defeated China earlier Tuesday.

The United States has not lost to Canada since they both competed in the 1975 world championship.

U.S. teams to compete for beach volleyball gold medal

The United States' April Ross and Jennifer Kessy defeated a top-seeded Brazilian team just hours after Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor won their match against a Chinese team. Ross and Kessy will face Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor for the Olympic gold medal in Wednesday's final.

Medal winners

China continues to lead in the Olympic medal count, holding 73 medals on Tuesday. The United States continues to trail closely, now with 70 medals.

Wednesday's games: What to watch 

For a full schedule of Wednesday's games visit NBC's Olympic website.

9:30 a.m.: Women's field hockey, Netherlands vs. New Zealand

10 a.m.: Men's quarterfinal volleyball, U.S. vs. Italy

1:45 p.m.: Women's track and field, 1500m, semifinal

2 p.m.: Men's water polo, U.S. vs. Croatia

4:15 p.m.: Men's quarterfinal basketball, U.S. vs. Australia

Find complete coverage of the London 2012 Summer Olympics from The Associated Press.

Supervising editor is Frank Russell.

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