LONDON (AP) - Michael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley for his first individual gold of the London Olympics Thursday, bringing his haul of career Olympic medals to 20, while track cycling got off to a speedy and tumultuous start with a string of world records and last-minute relegations.
The host nation gathered gold medals in shooting, canoe, and cycling, while China predictably won another gold in table tennis.
In the pool, Phelps clocked 1 minute, 54.27 seconds, just ahead of American teammate Ryan Lochte, who touched in 1:54.90 to take the silver medal. Laszlo Cseh of Hungary finished in 1:56.22 to take bronze. Phelps plans to retire after his these Olympics, his fourth - but not before a few more swims. He qualified later Thursday night for the 100-meter butterfly final, winning his semifinal in 50.86.
American gymnast Gabby Douglas, nicknamed "The Flying Squirrel," won the women's all-around title, becoming the third American to win gymnastics' biggest prize. It was her second gold medal of the London Games, two nights after she and her teammates gave the United States its first gymnastics Olympic title since 1996.
In tennis, Murray delighted a crowd that included Prince William and his wife, Kate, by winning his quarterfinal at Wimbledon, beating Nicolas Almagro of Spain, 6-4, 6-1. Murray goes up against Novak Djokovic in the semifinal Friday, after the Serb defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 6-1, 7-5.
Serena Williams also reached the semifinals, beating former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-0, 6-3. She'll face top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus Friday for a berth in the final and a chance at the first singles Olympic medal of her career.
Serena and her sister Venus, seeking their third gold medal in doubles, reached the semifinals by beating No. 2-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 3 Maria Sharapova won a matchup of first-time Olympians, beating Kim Clijsters 6-2, 7-5. Sharapova's opponent Friday will be fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko, who defeated No. 6 Petra Kvitova of Germany 7-6 (3), 6-3.