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Olympic Games 2012, Day 8 Recap: Team USA earns 5 Gold Medals In Saturday's Events

Day 8 of the 2012 London Olympics saw 25 gold medals awarded, and athletes from the United States had a good shot at many of them. Kirkland, Washington native Jennie Reed was one of them, she picked up a silver medal in the women's team pursuit cycling event.

Gold medals for Team USA were the highlights of the day. Serena Williams earned one in women's singles tennis with a victory over Maria Sharapova, and Mike and Bob Bryan added another in men's doubles tennis. The men's and women's swim teams continued their success, picking up a gold medal each in their respective 4x100m medley relay events.

In preliminary team action, Team USA men's basketball was nearly upset by Lithuania, but a clutch performance from LeBron James helped them pull out the victory. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings continued their path to gold in women's beach volleyball, advancing out of the Round of 16 with a victory over the Netherlands.

A complete list of the medals won by Team USA on Saturday:

  • Women's 100m - Carmelita Jeter, Silver
  • Men's long jump - Will Claye, Bronze
  • Men's 10,000m - Galen Rupp, Silver
  • Women's team pursuit cycling - Silver
  • Women's team epee fencing - Bronze
  • Men's four rowing - Bronze
  • Women's 50m rifle 3 positions shooting - Jamie Lynn Gray, Gold
  • Women's 4x100m medley relay swim - Gold
  • Men's 4x100m medley relay swim - Gold
  • Women's singles tennis - Serena Williams, Gold
  • Men's doubles tennis - Mike & Bob Bryan, Gold

A complete listing of Saturday's results can be found here. Things continue on Sunday with Team USA in the hunt for even more medals. For an updated medal count, check out SI.com's medal tracker.

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