Day five of the 2012 London Olympics saw scandals as eight athletes were disqualified for trying not to win matches, happiness as the U.S. continued its dominance in swimming, and controversy as the chairman of the Games organizing committee declined to call Team USA’s Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian of all time.
Disqualifications came in badminton after two matches on Tuesday night in which female athletes were accused of playing to lose so they could face easier opponents in future matches. The Badminton World Federation disqualified a Chinese pair, the number one duo of Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, two South Korean pairs, and an Indonesian pair. There was also more elation for Team USA in swimming as Nathan Adrian shocked the 100-meter freestyle field, beating world record holder James Magnussen for gold by .01 second. “I kinda touched well and ‘Oh, sweet, I’ve won,’” Adrian said. “Then there’s 10 to 15 seconds. Holy crap, this is the Olympics. I’ve been watching this since I was a kid.” Americans added another gold when the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay team defeated Australia. It’s the eighth gold medal in swimming for Team USA.