Olympic updates: Swimming, gymnastics, soccer

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Michael Phelps has won a record-setting 19th Olympic medal, and his 15th gold.

He was part of the 4-by-200 freestyle relay team that captured the gold today in London.

Earlier, Phelps tied the record with his 18th Olympic medal, taking silver in the 200-meter butterfly. He was out-touched at the wall by South Africa’s Chad le Clos. Phelps flipped away his cap in disgust when he saw a “2” beside his name, knowing he had blown it at the end by trying to glide to the wall instead of taking one more stroke.

Allison Schmitt of the United States set an Olympic record to win the 200-meter freestyle. American teen Missy Franklin finished fourth.

US gymnastics captures team gold

There were cheers for the American gymnasts, and tears from the Russians — that was the scene at the end of today’s women’s team gymnastics final at the London Olympics, where the Americans captured their first Olympic title since 1996. They took the lead from the start of the event with a series of spectacular vaults, and never looked back, leaving Russia a whopping five points behind at the end.

US women top N. Korea 1-0, win Olympic soccer group

The United States clinched first place in its group in Olympic women’s soccer Tuesday with a 1-0 win over North Korea. Abby Wambach scored in the 25th minute for her 141st international goal and third of the tournament.

Nearly 30,000 attended the first women’s soccer game played in 23 years at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United.

The Americans won all three of their group games and were already assured a berth in the next round heading into Tuesday’s game. They now move on Newcastle for a quarterfinal match on Friday.

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