Allyson Felix wins gold in her signature race after taking silver at the past two Olympics (Getty Images)
1. In a race that pitted five of the best female sprinters of the world against one-another, Allyson Felix proved she was the class of the field. The American captured the first individual Olympic gold of her decorated career, out-running second-place Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and third-place Carmelita Jeter to win the 200 meters in a blazing 21.88 seconds. Felix had finished second in the 200 in the previous two Olympics.
2. Aries Merritt credits a minor tweak to his technique for his transformation from good hurdler to the world's best. The American reduced his number of strides from eight to seven between the starting line and the first hurdle, a move that many elite hurdlers already had adopted. Merritt capped off easily the best season of his career by leading a one-two finish for the U.S. in the 110-meter hurdles on Wednesday, winning gold in a speedy 12.92 seconds.
3. Only two of Brittney Reese's six jumps weren't fouls, but she made one of them count. The two-time world champion in the long jump leaped 7.12 meters (23.36 feet) on her second attempt, outdoing Russia's Elena Sokolova (7.07) and fellow American Janay DeLoach (6.89). Reese is the first American Olympic women's long jump champion since Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988.
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4. Argentina and Team USA both did their part Wednesday to set up a rematch of the 2004 Olympic men's basketball final. Argentina edged Brazil 82-77 and the U.S. routed Australia 119-86 in the quarterfinals, meaning the two world powers will meet in the semifinals for the right to face either Russia or Spain in the title game. On Monday, Team USA crushed Argentina 126-97, blowing open a 60-59 game at halftime with a 42-17 third quarter.
5. The U.S. men's volleyball team will leave London with lighter suitcases than they had in Beijing. The defending gold medalists' bid to repeat ended in disappointment Wednesday with a shocking quarterfinal sweep at the hands of a talented but unproven Italian squad. A medal seemed very possible for the U.S. after it cruised to a 4-1 record in group play, but the Italians controlled Wednesday's match from the outset, winning in dominant fashion.
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