Olympics Day 12: hits, misses and glory galore

Olympics Day 12: hits, misses and glory galore

Australian guard Matt Dellavedova speaks to the referee during his team's London 2012 Olympic Games men's quarterfinal basketball match against the US in London. (AFP)

Abdelhafid Benchabla (in blue) of Algeria defends against Oleksandr Gvozdyk of the Ukraine (in red) during the Light-Heavyweight boxing quarterfinals of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the ExCel Arena. (AFP)

Terezinha Guilhermina, a blind paralympic athlete from Brazil, puts on her eye-mask while children look on during a training session at the Athletics Center in Sao Caetano do Sul, near Sao Paulo. Guilhermina, who is visually impaired and runs all her races with a guide, is the world-record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 metres T11 sprints. The 2012 London Paralympic Games will take place from August 29 to September 9. (REUTERS)

Brazilian gymnasts attend a practice session at SERC Santa Maria gymnasium's centre in Sao Caetano do Sul. Brazilian gymnast Arthur Zanetti, 22, who won the gold medal in the men's gymnastics rings at the London 2012 Olympic Games, has been training at the centre since he was seven years old. (REUTERS)

Gold medallist Spain's Joel Gonzalez Bonilla gestures as silver medallist South Korea's Lee Dae-hoon (R) looks on and bronze medallist Colombia's Oscar Munoz Oviedo (L) poses at the men's -58kg taekwondo victory ceremony during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the ExCeL arena. (REUTERS)

A Brazilian gymnast powders his hands before he attends a practice session at SERC Santa Maria gymnasium's centre in Sao Caetano do Sul. (REUTERS)

Bronze medallist Croatia's Lucija Zaninovic poses at the women's -49kg taekwondo victory ceremony during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the ExCeL arena. (REUTERS)

South Korea's Kim Hyeonwoo (2nd L) bites his gold medal next to silver medalist Hungary's Tamas Lorincz (L) and bronze medalists Georgia's Manuchar Tskhadaia (2nd R) and France's Steeve Guenot on the podium of the Men's 66kg Greco Roman Wrestling finals during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AFP)

Venezuela's fencer Ruben Limardo, left, holds up a replica of a sword once used by South American independence hero Simon Bolivar during a ceremony in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, presented the country's highest honor, the Order of the Liberator, and the replica to Limardo after he won a gold medal at the London Olympics. (AP)

Spectators make their way home past the Olympic Stadium in the rain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, late Tuesday evening. (AP)

Germany's Jonas Reckermann, right, spikes a ball past Netherlands' Richard Schuil, left, during their semifinal men's beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP)

Germany's Florian Fuchs, left, collides with New Zealand's Dean Couzins during a men's hockey preliminary match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP)

A woman carries a boy wearing a wig in the colours of Mexico's flag during the celebrations for Mexico's win against Japan at the men's semi-final soccer match in the London 2012 Olympic Games in Mexico City August 7, 2012. Mexico reached the men's Olympic soccer final for the first time when they came from behind to beat a tired looking Japan 3-1 before more than 82,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday and will face Brazil in Saturday's showpiece. (REUTERS)

Germany's Jonas Reckermann (L) and Julius Brink celebrate winning their men's beach volleyball semifinal match against Netherlands' Reinder Nummerdor and Rich Schuil (L) at Horse Guards Parade during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (REUTERS)

Venezuelan gold medal fencer Ruben Limardo (C-L) greets supporters after arriving in Caracas. Limardo was received at the airport as a national hero in an emotional and massive welcome obtained after the second gold medal in the history of his country in the Olympics. (AFP)

Zhilei Zhang of China (in red)  defends against Anthony Joshua of Great Brintain (in blue) during the  Super heavyweight (+91kg) boxing quarterfinals of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the ExCel Arena in London. (AFP)

US guard Kobe Bryant (L) vies with Argentinian forward Leonardo Gutierrez during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena. (AFP)

Poland's Grzegorz Fijalek prepares to serve during the quarterfinal men's beach volleyball match against Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP)

Poland's Piotr Malachowski competes during his men's discus throw qualification during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium. (REUTERS)

Alex Morgan (L) of the US celebrates with her coach Pia Sundhage after defeating Canada in their women's semi-final soccer match during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford in Manchester. (REUTERS)

Argentina fans cheer during the women's group B hockey match between Argentina and Australia at the Riverbank Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (REUTERS)

People watch Jamacain sprinter Usain Bolt on a giant screen in the Jamaican capital Kingston win the 100m final at the 2012 Olympics in London. Bolt stormed to a successful defence of his Olympic 100m crown in the second-fastest time ever recorded as he  confirmed his status as the greatest sprinter of all time. Bolt made a hesitant start but left the field for dead from 60 metres to win by two metres (yards) in 9.63sec, slower only than his world record of 9.58sec set in 2009. (AFP)

Benjamin Kleibrink (L) of Germany competes against Alexander Massialas (R) of the US during their bronze medal match in the men's foil team fencing finals at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London. (AFP)

Athletes clear the water jump during the Men's 3000m steeplechase final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AFP)

France's Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad gestures towards the flame as he celebrates winning silver in the men's 3000m steeplechase final at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AFP)

Slovenia's Primoz Koznus competes in the men's hammer throw final at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AFP)

An image of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is projected on the Parliament building at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Bolt overwhelmed a star-studded field Sunday to win the 100-meters in 9.63 seconds, an Olympic record that let him join Carl Lewis as the only men with consecutive gold medals in the marquee track and field event at the Summer Games. (AP)

A man is detained by security shortly after an incident during the men's 100 metres final at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London. (REUTERS)

Behdad Salimikordasiabi of Iran competes in the men's +105kg weightlifting competition during the World Weightlifting Championships at Disney Village in Marne-la-Vallee outside Paris, in this November 13, 2011 file photo. Since Salimikordasiabi entered senior international competition at the Asian championships in 2009 he has yet to be beaten in the over-105 kg, super heavyweight division. 'Salimi' walks with the confidence of a man ready to win the title of the strongest man at the London Olympics. (REUTERS)

Bahrain's Azza Alqasmi prepares to shoot during qualifiers for the women's 50-meter rifle 3 positions event, at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP)

South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng (6) celebrates with teammates after scoring the decisive penalty during a men's soccer quarterfinal match against Britain at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. (AP)

Fukushima residents gathered to watch and support Japanese track cyclist Kazunari Watanabe competing at the London Olympics on a television screen during a public viewing event at Tsukuba, Ibaraki prefecture. Watanabe is from the small town of Futaba on Japan's tsunami affected coast.  The 28-year-old's family - including his wife, parents, and grandmother - are now living in different locations across Japan after the devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsuanmi in March 2011.  (AFP)

Spain's leftback Mikel Aguirrezabalaga Garcia jumps to shoot during the men's preliminary Group B handball match Hungary vs Spain for the London 2012 Olympics Games. (AFP)

Disguised fans of Spain's handball team pose ahead of the men's preliminary Group B handball match Hungary vs Spain for the London 2012 Olympics Games. (AFP)

Germany's Enrico Kolling (L) congratulates Algeria's Abdelhafid Benchabla after Benchabla won their Men's Light Heavy (81kg) Round of 16 boxing match during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (REUTERS)

Russia's Konstantin Semenov (R) returns the ball after a point during their men's round of 16 beach volleyball match against Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal of the U.S. at Horse Guards Parade during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (REUTERS)

Misty May-Treanor (L) and Kerri Walsh of the US celebrate after the women Beach Volleyball preliminary phase Pool C match against Austria's Doris Schwaiger and Stefanie Schwaiger at the Centre Court Stadium in Horse Guards Parade on London. (AFP)

Erislandy Savon Cotilla (L) of Cuba defends against Anthony Joshua (R) of Great Britan during their  round of 16 Super-heavyweight (91+kg) boxing match of the London 2012 Olympics at the ExCel Arena. (AFP)

Simon Kean of Canada celebrates victory over Tony Yoka of France in their  round of 16 Super-heavyweight (+91kg) boxing match of the  London 2012 Olympics at the ExCel Arena. (AFP)

Richard Bognar of Hungary shoots during pre-event training for the men's double trap event, at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP)

Germany's Christopher Wesley and South Korea's Jang Jong-hyun vie for the ball during their men's hockey preliminary match  at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP)

Australia's James Magnussen reacts after he placed second in the men's 100m freestyle final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre. (REUTERS)

Britain's Victoria Pendleton trains at the Velodrome in the Olympic Park, ahead of the start of the track cycling competition, at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP)

Players train prior to the Men's preliminary round group A basketball match of the London 2012 Olympic Games Tunisia vs USA. (AFP)

US players celebrate at the end of the Men's preliminary round group A basketball match of the London 2012 Olympic Games Tunisia vs USA at the basketball arena in London. USA won 110 to 63. (AFP)

Russia and Brazil supporters cheer during the men's preliminary pool A volleyball match between Brazil and Russia at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London. (AFP)

Australia's Alicia Coutts, left, China's Ye Shiwen, center, and the United States' Caitlin Leverenz pose with their medals for the women's 200-meter individual medley swimming final pose at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Ye won gold, Coutts silver and Leverenz bronze. (AP)

Won Jeongsik of South Korea competes during the men's 69-kg weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP)

Brazil's players celebrate winning their men's Group B volleyball match against Russia at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Earls Court. (REUTERS)

Kyla Ross of the US (R) reacts as she speaks to a coach after performing on the balance beam during the women's gymnastics team final in the North Greenwich Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (REUTERS)

Australia's James Magnussen (C) wins his men's 100m freestyle semi-final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre. (REUTERS)

US swimmer Michael Phelps' mother Debbie cheers as her son competes in the men's 200m back strokefinal of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (AFP)

US Kerri Walsh (R) celebrates with teammate Misty May-Treanor (L) after winning their women's beach volleyball preliminary phase Pool C match against Czech Republic's Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolocova on The Centre Court Stadium at Horse Guards Parade in London during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AFP)

US swimmer Matther Grevers bites his gold medal after winning the men's 100m backstroke final of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (AFP)

US forward Swin Cash (L) tries to catch the ball during the Women's preliminary round group A basketball match of the London 2012 Olympic Games Angola vs USA at the basketball arena in London. USA won 90 to 38. (AFP)

Belgian players celebrate their goal against Germany during their men's hockey preliminary match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.  Germany won 2-1. (AP)

Lenka Hajeckova of the Czech Republic reacts near the end of a loss to the Unirted /States during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP)

Cameroon's Christian Donfac Adjoufack (R) fights against Germany's Enrico Kolling in the men's Light Heavy (81kg) Round of 32 boxing match at ExCeL venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (REUTERS)

China's Yujie Sun and South Korea's Shin A-lam (R) compete in the women's individual epee fencing bronze medal match at the London 2012 Olympics in London. (REUTERS)

Yasuhiro Suzuki of Japan celebrates his 14-13 points decision over Mehdi Khalsi of Morocco (out of frame) in their first round  Welterweight (69Kg) match of the  London 2012 Olymipic Games at the Excel Arena in London. (AFP)

Supporters of the Honduran Olympic football team celebrate in Tegucigalpa, after Honduras defeated Spain by 1-0 in their London 2012 Olympic Games men's football match. (AFP)

USA's first lady Michelle Obama meets US military families stationed at Mildenhall and Lakenheath US Air Force Base at RAF Mildenhall, England before her departure from UK after her visit to the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. (AP)

From left, Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya, the United State's  Kristin Armstrong, Britain's Elizabeth Armitstead and the Netherlands' Marianne Vos  compete in the women's cycling road race final at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP)

Italy's Paolo Nicolai (L) celebrates after winning their men's beach volleyball preliminary round match against Switzerland at the London 2012 Olympics Games at the Horse Guards Parade. (REUTERS)

Venezuela's Gabriel Maestre Perez (R) fights against Iran's Amin Ghasimi Pour in the men's welter (69kg) Round of 32 boxing match at ExCeL venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (REUTERS)

Britain's Rajiv Ouseph plays against Sweden's Henri Hurskainen in their men's singles group play stage badminton match at the Wembley Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (REUTERS)

Monaco's Prince Albert (L) walks away after presenting France's Camille Muffat with her gold medal after she won the women's 400m freestyle final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre. Muffat won the gold with an Olympic record time of 4 minutes 01.45 seconds. (REUTERS)Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev center, poses with Russian Olympics team members during his visits to Olympic village at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. (AP)

India's flag bearer Sushil Kumar holds the national flag as he leads the contingent in the athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium. A mystery woman gatecrashed India's march past at the Olympic opening ceremony and the delegation are seeking an apology from the London organisers, an Indian newspaper reported on July 29. Photographs show a woman in red and blue walking close to Kumar on Friday night, in complete contrast to female members of the contingent who were wearing yellow sarees and blue blazers. (REUTERS)

A squibbing display is performed by 220 Bridgwater carnivalites during the "Battle for the Winds" event in Weymouth, southern England. A battle for the winds erupted in Weymouth Bay on Saturday as an anarchic troupe of acrobats, actors and dancers fought to banish the doldrums on the eve of the Olympic sailing regatta. (REUTERS)

Brazil's fans watch their women's Group B volleyball match against Turkey at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Earls Court in London. The banner reads: "London 2012, Rio 2016". (REUTERS)

Algeria's Abdelmalek Rahou (L) celebrates his victory against Australia's Jesse Ross in the Men's Middle (75kg) Round of 32 Bout 12 boxing match at ExCeL venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (REUTERS)

Malaysian shooter Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi, who is eight months pregnant, competes in the qualifiers for the women's 10-meter air rifle event, at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP)

Dusk settles over the Admiralty Building and the Beach Volleyball Venue during a beach volleyball match between Switzerland and Norway at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP)

Taiwan's Huang Yi-Hua serves to Australia's Miao Miao during a table tennis women's singles preliminary round match at the Excel centre in London during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AFP)

Australia's Cadel Evans and Michael Rogers asses the front of the group during the Men's Road Race Road Cycling on day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. (AFP)

Spain's Sara Ramirez serves to Ukraine's Margaryta Pesotska during a table tennis women's singles preliminary round match of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Excel centre in London. (AFP)