Olympics Roundup: Usain Bolt Bolts, Venus & Serena Dominate and Oscar Pistorius' New Friend

Read all the highlights from today's games

By Bruna Nessif Aug 06, 2012 4:30 AMTags
Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Usain Bolt, Oscar Pistorius, Kirani James, 2012 Summer OlympicsPhil Walter, Cameron Spencer, LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

As usual, today's summer games in London provided viewers with a bunch of entertainment, happiness, defeat, some tears and maybe even some inspiration for the next time you hit the gym.

So what happened during the Olympics that stuck out?

We can name a couple of things...

Tennis Serves Wins & Revenge: American power players Venus and Serena Williams took the gold after beating Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4 at the All England Club for the women's doubles title.

Meanwhile, Brit tennis player Andy Murray got some redemption (and the gold medal) after beating Swiss player Roger Federer in men's singles. During Wimbledon in July, Federer defeated Murray. 

Bolting to First: Jamaican sprinter and a five-time world and four-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt lived true to his name. The runner was so fast, that when it came to the finish line for the 100-meter race, Bolt ended up not only getting his second consecutive gold medal, but he broke the Olympic record with a time of 9.63 seconds.

Bib Buddies: After competing in the 400-meter semifinals, double-amputee Oscar Pistorius—who unfortunately won't be moving on to the finals—was approached by fellow Olympian sprinter Kirani James and asked to exchange Olympic bibs as a souvenir. How sweet is that?!

Running With Style: Some athletes don't overlook style when it comes to the Olympics. If you look closely, you'll notice that American runner Sanya Richards-Ross sprinted to first across the 400-meter finish line while also sporting some Chanel earrings. Classy!

Medal Count: Team USA currently has 60 medals total (28 gold, 14 silver and 18 bronze), falling to second place to China who has 61 medals.

Tumbling to Silver: USA gymnast McKayla Maroney was anticipated to win the gold for the vault, and although her first run at the event was nothing less than astonishing, her second round on the vault was a complete shock—and not the good kind.

At the end of her routine, Maroney was up in the air ready to land when she ended up falling on her bum instead of her feet, according to NBC. The crowd gasped and the young gymnast ended up with the silver, instead, but we still think that's one great achievement.