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World Record and Gold for Americans

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LONDON (AP) -- It was a gold-medal day for Americans on the second full day of competition at the London Summer Olympics.

  • In swimming, Dana Vollmer of the U.S. took gold in the 100-meter butterfly, setting a world record in the process. She was timed in 55.98 seconds.
  • The U.S. men's basketball team opened with an easy 98-71 win over France behind Kevin Durant's 22 points. Next up for Team USA is Tunisia on Tuesday.
  • Michael Phelps moved closer to becoming the most decorated Olympian in history. An American silver in the 400-meter freestyle relay gave Phelps 17 medals for his career -- 14 golds, a silver and two bronzes.
  • Kimberly Rhode's gold in women's skeet shooting made her the first American to take an individual-sport medal in five consecutive Olympics. She won a gold in double trap at Atlanta in 1996, a bronze in that event four years later at Sydney, the gold at Athens in 2004 and the silver in skeet at Beijing in 2008.
  • It wasn't all gold for the U.S. Ryan Lochte had a half-body-length lead when he dove into the pool to swim the anchor leg of the 400-meter freestyle relay for the Americans. But Lochte, who had already competed in 1,200 meters of racing in the first two days of the London Games, couldn't hold off Yannick Agnel, who slipped past to give France the gold.
  • In the medal count, China has the early lead with 12. The U.S. has 11.
  • Stung by the sight of empty seats at early events at the London Games, organizing chief Sebastian Coe said free tickets will be given to troops, teachers and students. Coe said the unused seats, largely from Olympic and sports officials, will not be an issue as the games proceed.

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