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2012 London Olympics: Michael Phelps Is Most Decorated Olympian in History

Today was a big day in the Olympic realm as Michael Phelps won the 18th and 19th medals of his storied swimming career to become the all-time most decorated Olympian in history.

The U.S. swim team continued its strong performance as Allison Schmitt set an Olympic record in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:53.61.

Three Los Angeles based gymnasts Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney and Sam Mikulak helped propel the women's team to its first gold medal since 1996. The American team scored 183.596, a huge five points better than second place Russia, prompting huge lauds from U.S. Coach John Geddert.

"Others might disagree. The '96 team might disagree. But this is the best team," U.S. coach John Geddert said.

Everyone's favorite lady soccer player Alex Morgan had the sole assist in a 1-0 win over North Korea that saw the women's soccer team advance at the top out of their group. Morgan set up who else but Abby Wambauch as the women went about showing why they are one of the top, if not the top, team in the world.

The men's basketball team was expecting to put on a clinic against Tunisia after facing stiff competition from Spain and Argentina. The clinic eventually came, but not until Coach Krzyzewski took off his starters and went to the bench for the start of the second half. Kobe Bryant scored 4 points in under nine minutes and Chris Paul had only 2 points (but 7 assists) in close to 25 minutes. The men's team plays Nigeria next on Thursday.

For a complete tally of the medals won, use SI.com's Medal Tracker.

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