— Swimming the final individual race of his remarkable career, Michael Phelps came from behind to win the 100-meter butterfly for his third gold medal of the London Games. It was the 17th gold and 21st medal of his Olympic career. Said Phelps: "I'm just happy that the last one was a win."
— American teen swimming sensation Missy Franklin set a world record in the 200 backstroke, winning her third gold medal in London.
— The youngest member of the U.S. team, 15-year-old Katie Ledecky, nearly broke the world record to win gold in the 800 freestyle, denying Britain's Rebecca Adlington a repeat before her home fans. Adlington settled for bronze in a race Ledecky dominated start to finish.
— Victoria Pendleton gave Britain its third gold medal in two days of cycling competition at the superfast London Velodrome. She won the keirin, just moments after Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh and Steven Burke won the team pursuit title in a world record time. Britain claimed its first gold on Thursday after Sir Chris Hoy and his teammates won the team sprint.
— Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia won the women's 10,000 meters, four years after winning the gold medal in Beijing in the 5,000.
— France won its fourth gold at the pool, its best showing ever, as Florent Manaudou — younger brother of 2004 gold medalist Laure Manaudou — shocked defending Olympic champion and world record-holder Cesar Cielo of Brazil in the 50 freestyle.
— The United States is at the top of the standings in both golds and overall medals at the London Olympics. The Americans have 21 golds and 43 overall — to China's 20 golds and 42 overall. Russia is third in overall medals with 23, and host Britain is fourth, with 22.
— Tomasz Majewski of Poland earned the first gold medal in track and field in London, in shot put, with a top throw of 71 feet, 10 inches (21.89 meters).
— Flyweight Rau'shee Warren and welterweight Errol Spence lost their bouts, meaning that all nine U.S. boxers have been eliminated from the Olympics — the worst showing by the American men ever. Their previous low was Beijing, when they won only one bronze. The Americans' 48 gold medals and 108 total medals are the most in Olympic boxing history, but their London shutout caps a two-decade struggle to adapt to changes in the amateur sport.
— Defending beach volleyball gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser — favorites to win it all again — were knocked out of the Olympics by Italy. They lost the first set 21-17 and fell behind Paolo Nicolai and Danielle Lupo 12-7 in the second. The Americans tied it 19-all but lost the final two points and were eliminated when Rogers' spike was blocked by the 6-foot-8 Nicolai.
The judo bout involving Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani of Saudi Arabia lasted only 82 seconds before she was defeated by Melissa Mojica of Puerto Rico, but it was hailed as a victory for women in the conservative Gulf kingdom. Shahrkhani was one of just two women competing for Saudi Arabia, the first time the nation has sent female athletes to an Olympics. A compromise among Olympics organizers, the international judo federation and Saudi officials cleared the way for her to compete wearing a modified hijab.
— Swimming: gold medal finals in men's and women's 4x100-meter medley relays, men's 1,500-meter freestyle, women's 50-meter freestyle.
— Track and field: gold medal finals in men's long jump, women's 100 meters.
— Beach volleyball: elimination round.
— Women's diving: springboard semifinals.