Super Saturday was all that and a bag of chips (with fish) as Great Britain jumped up the total medal count standings. The home team won six medals on Saturday and now has the third most in the 2012 London Games behind only the U.S. and China.
Great Britain's gold-medal count now stands at 14 after Mohamed Farah became the first British runner ever to win the gold in the men's 10,000 meters. Jessica Ennis added to Britain's gold-medal haul with a heptathlon victory, as did Greg Rutherford with his win in the men's long jump.
Most of the attention on Saturday, however, was focused on the last day of swimming competitions at the Aquatics Centre. As was expected, Team USA's Michael Phelps cemented his place as the greatest Olympian of all time, winning his 18th gold medal with a win in the 4x100-meter medley relay along with teammates Matthew Grevers, Brendan Hansen and Nathan Adrian.
On the women's side, Americans Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Allison Schmitt won the women's 4x100-meter medley relay race in world-record time of 3:52.05, beating out Australia and Japan.
Yang Sun gave China another gold medal with his world-record time of 14:31.02 in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle final.
Dutch swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo set an Olympic record with a 24.05 in the women's 50-meter freestyle final to win the gold. France's Florent Manaudou swam a 21.34 to win the men's 50-meter freestyle final and brought France's gold-medal count to eight.
The gold-medal match in women's singles between Russia's Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams of the United States wasn't much of a match as Williams cruised to victory defeating Sharapova with ease 6-0, 6-1. Shortly after crushing Sharapova's gold-medal hopes, Williams suited up again with sister Venus and handled business in the women's doubles semifinals against Russia's Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova. The Williams sisters will face Czech Republic's Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka on Sunday morning for the gold medal.
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In badminton action, Xuerui Li defeated fellow countrywoman Yihan Wang of China to win the gold in women's singles. China's Qing Tian and Yunlei Zhao defeated Reika Kakiiwa and Mizuki Fujii of Japan in the women's doubles gold-medal match.
Farah of Great Britain dominated the men's 10,000 meters to win the gold in a time of 27:30.42. Team USA's Galen Rupp took the silver medal almost catching up to Farah in the final 100 meters and finishing only .5 second behind with a time of 27:30.90.
In the men's 20k race walk, China's Ding Chen set an Olympic record finishing in 1:18:46, 10 seconds ahead of silver-medal winner Erick Barrondo, who scored Guatemala's first medal in any Olympic sport.
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Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce raced out to the lead in the women's 100-meter final and never looked back, finishing first with a time of 10.75. Crossing the finish line just .03 second later was the USA's Carmelita Jeter, who won the silver medal in 10.78.
In the women's discus throw, Sandra Perkovic of Croatia took first place with a high mark of 226' 8 7/8". Russia's Darya Pishchalnikova's high mark of 221' 7 3/4" was enough to earn her a silver medal.
Great Britain's Greg Rutherford took the gold in the men's long jump with a 27' 3 1/4" jump. Australia's Mitchell Watt grabbed silver with 26' 9 1/4", and Team USA's Will Claye brought home the bronze with a 26' 7 3/4" mark.
Canada's Rosannagh MacLennan had more bounce to the ounce and scored 57.305 in the women's trampoline final, enough to earn her a gold medal. Shanshan Huang and Wenna He, both from China, took home the silver and the bronze, respectively.
Plenty of rowing took place on Super Saturday with four gold medals up for grabs. Miroslava Knapkova of the Czech Republic took the gold in the women's single sculls finals, followed by Denmark's Fie Udby Erichsen and Australia's Kim Crow.
In the men's four without coxswain final, the Great Britain team of Alex Gregory, Andrew Triggs Hodge, Tom James and Pete Reed won Britain's sixth gold medal of the day, defeating Australia by nearly two seconds. Team USA's Scott Gault, Charles Cole, Henrik Rummel and Glenn Ochal won the bronze. In the lightweight men's double sculls final, Denmark's Rasmus Quist and Mads Rasmussen squeaked by Great Britain's Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase to win the gold by .6 second.
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Shooting had two gold medals up for grabs as Jamie Lynn Gray of the United States added another gold to the U.S.'s medal count with an Olympic record-setting win in the women's 50m rifle three positions competition. Serbia's Ivana Maksimovic took home the silver. In the women's trap event, Italy's Jessica Rossi won the gold over Slovakia's Zuzana Stefecekova, who won silver, and Delphine Reau of France, who took home the bronze medal.
Super Saturday ended with the U.S. on top of the overall medal count with 54 followed by China's 53 and Great Britain's 29. The U.S. also leads in the gold-medal count with 26, China is second with 25, and Great Britain rounds out the top three with a total of 14 gold medals.
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