Michael Phelps has claimed his 20th Olympics medal and 16th gold, beating teammate Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter individual medley. Phelps is the first male swimmer to win three straight golds in a single discipline.
In the 200m individual medley, the American clocked 1 minute, 54.27 seconds, Lochte was just behind at 1:54.90, and Hungary's Laszlo Cseh got the bronze with 1:56.22. In the 400m medley, Phelps had lost to Lochte, his friend. The victory means that Phelps, the most decorated modern Olympian, now has 16 gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
And there were further golds for the US team in the pool. Tyler Clary beat Lochte, the favorite, for the 200m backstroke title.
Rebecca Soni broke her own world record from the previous day in the 200m breaststroke. She had previously won silver in the 100m breaststroke and now has two gold and three silver medals overall from 2008 and 2012.
With additional victories in gymnastics, judo and rowing, the US team has surged to 18 golds so far, drawing level at the top of the medals standings with China.
The United Kingdom won three gold medals, two within five minutes of each other, on day six of the London Games. A victory in the team track-cycling sprint broke a world record when Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes and Chris Hoy defeated France in the men's final in 42.60 seconds. The win means Hoy has equaled Sir Steve Redgrave's UK record of five career Olympic gold medals.
Tim Baillee and Etienne Stott won the UK's first-ever gold in the canoe slalom, and compatriots David Florence and Richard Hounslow took silver. Just five minutes later, the world record holder Peter Wilson shot his way to an Olympic gold, scoring 188 out of 200 in the double trap.
The cyclists Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte won the women's team sprint, giving Germany a fourth gold medal after China, initially named the winners, were relegated to second place for an illegal lane change. Australia won the bronze medal match earlier in the evening. Immediately following Vogel and Welte's performance, the German men's team defeated Australia in the bronze race.
Dimitrij Ovtcharov defeated Chih-Yuan Chuang of Taiwan to claim the bronze medal in the men's table tennis tournament. It is the first individual medal for Ovtcharov, who won silver in the team competition four years ago in Beijing.
mkg/jm (AP, Reuters, dpa, AFP)