Beijing Games: Day 4
Natalie Coughlin celebrates after winning gold in the 100m backstroke, becoming the first woman to ever defend her title in the event. .
Coughlin held off world record-holder Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe, who finished second.
The U.S. held on to third-place over Germany thanks to a brilliant pommel horse routine by Alexander Artemev, who scored 15.35 in his first and only event of the day.
Michael Phelps won his third gold medal with his victory in the 200 meter freestyle. He swam in world record time of 1:42.96.
In winning the 200m freestyle, Phelps ran his career Olympic total to nine golds.
Phelps joined Mark Spitz and Carl Lewis as the winningest Olympians ever.
Aaron Peirsol of the U.S. won the gold in the men's 100m backstroke, defending his title and setting a new world-record time of 52.54.
Zhong Man of China rejoices after defeating Frenchman Nicolas Lopez in the final.
Korea's Kim Sookyung in the women's 63kg medal round.
Korea's Jung Ji-Hyun upends Kazakhstan's Nurbakyt Tengizbayev in the Greco-Roman men's semis.
China's Yang Wei during the men's artistic gymnastics team final.
China won the gold medal in the gymnastics final.
Japan's Takehiro Kashima and his teammates trailed the U.S. at one point in gymnastics, but made up the difference to win silver.
China's Yu Yang (left) and He Hanbin during the badminton mixed doubles quarterfinalsy.
Benn Fraker of the U.S. in the canoe single final.
China's Yao Ming looks to get his shot up against Spain's Pau Gasol in a preliminary round game.
Australia's Leisel Jones won gold in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:05.17.
Poland's Karol Bielecki attempts to score against Spain in theteam handball preliminaries.
Katie Hoff during the women's 200m individual medley semis.
Margaret Hoelzer hugs Natalie Coughlin after they finished third and first, respectively, in the 100m backstroke.
Coughlin shows off her gold along with fellow medalists Margaret Hoelzer (bronze) and Kirsty Coventry (silver).
Dwight Howard (11) battles with Leonel Paulo of Angola for a rebound during the Redeem Team's 97-76 victory.
Ayumi Tanimoto of Japan (white) gets the better of France's Lucie Decosse in judo. Tanimoto won the gold and Decosse the silver.