After winning the first sailing gold medal of the Games, two Greek women capsized their boat and celebrated on the overturned hull to the delight of spectators and photographers.
Not long after, a three-woman British crew won a gold and took a synchronized leap into the Saronic Gulf.
Come tomorrow, it could be the laid-back American crew of Paul Foerster and Kevin Burnham doing the celebrating. They took the lead in the 470 class with one race left, putting them in position to sail for the first gold medals of their long Olympic careers.
Foerster-Burnham have a two-point lead over the British duo of Nick Rogers-Joe Glanfield, with the gold and silver guaranteed to be decided between the two crews.
Foerster and Burnham are former silver medalists, but neither has had a lead going into the last race.
"I'm liking the change," said Burnham, who at 47 is the oldest member of the U.S. sailing team. "It's exactly what I've always wanted. It's why I keep on going. I've done every Olympic trials since 1980 with the hopes of winning the gold medal. I figure maybe I'll stop if I get a gold, but I don't know. I can't guarantee it."
Sofia Bekatorou and Aimilia Tsoulfa of Greece clinched the women's 470 gold after building an insurmountable lead following 10 races. They capsized the boat and waved the Greek flag from the overturned hull.
"We wanted to 'paint' in the sea and we managed it," Bekatorou said.
Shirley Robertson, Sarah Webb and Sara Ayton of Great Britain clinched the gold medal in the Yngling class with one race left, then took a dip.
The silver and bronze medals in the women's 470 and Yngling will be determined tomorrow. Carol Cronin is eighth in the Yngling.
Tim Wadlow of Boston and Pete Spaulding of Miami jumped to eighth in the 49er, and Kevin Hall of Bowie was 14th in the Finn. Mark Mendelblatt of St. Petersburg, Fla., dropped to 10th in the Laser and Meg Galliard of Pelham, N.Y., fell to 11th in the Europe.
Lisa Fernandez pitched a one-hitter as the two-time defending gold medalist United States won its sixth straight shutout, a shortened 7-0 victory over Greece.
Greece (2-4) did all it could. The United States (6-0) simply wore down the Greeks -- represented by several Americans of Greek ancestry -- and put an opponent away after five innings for the fourth time under the so-called mercy rule. Fernandez hit an RBI single in the third inning for the only run she would need.
Marco Galiazzo became Italy's first Olympic champion in the sport. Japan's Hiroshi Yamamoto won the silver and Tim Cuddihy of Australia took the bronze
It was a surprise victory for the 21-year-old Galiazzo, who finished 49th at last year's world championships. He defeated Yamamoto, 111-109.
Zhang Ning of China won the gold medal, beating Indonesian-born Mia Audina of the Netherlands, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7.
Eight years after winning silver for Indonesia, Audina gave her adopted country its first badminton medal. Zhou Mi defeated fellow Chinese Gong Ruina, 11-2, 8-11, 11-6, for bronze.
The American lightweight double sculls team of Steve Tucker and Greg Ruckman gave up too much distance in a six-boat semifinal and was fourth behind Poland, Greece and Denmark -- one spot and 3.6 seconds out of contention for Sunday's final at Schinias.
The U.S. quadruple scull, which reached the semifinals with an impressive win in its repechage, placed fifth. Belarus and Estonia advanced.
The U.S. lightweight double sculls boat of Lisa Schlenker and Stacey Borgman also was eliminated, finishing .73 of a second behind Germany in fourth place.
The lightweight four, which includes Woodbridge High graduate Matt Smith, fell to last at the finish, four seconds behind Canada, the third and final boat to advance from that race behind Italy and Austria.
Manfred Kurzer of Germany won the gold medal after setting a world record in qualifying for the running target event, possibly the last time it will be held in the Olympics.
Kurzer scored 590 points of a possible 600, beating the record of 588 set by Yang Ling of China in 2002. In the finals he faltered a bit, but held off silver medalist Alexander Blinov and bronze winner Dmitri Lykin, both of Russia.
Diana Igaly of Hungary won the gold in skeet shooting.
Taner Sagir of Turkey set an Olympic record in the men's 170-pound (77kg) snatch, lifting 380 pounds (172.5kg) en route to winning the gold medal.
The lift was 2.2 pounds (1kg) off the world record set earlier this year by Sergei Filimonov, who took the silver medal last night.
Japan's Noriko Anno ended a run of frustrating Olympic finishes by taking the gold medal in the 78-kilogram class.
In the men's division, Ihar Makarau of Belarus beat Jang Sung Ho of South Korea to win the gold in the 100kg class after Japan's Kosei Inoue, the defending Olympic champion and three-time world champion, lost in the quarterfinals, his first defeat in major international competition in four years.
Anno has taken four world championships in two different weight classes, but lost in the first round at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. This time, she cruised into the final and beat Liu Xia of China.
Howard graduate Rhadi Ferguson was eliminated in the second round of the 100kg competition.
No upsets here, just solid tennis from Justine Henin-Hardenne, Amelie Mauresmo and Anastasia Myskina.
While all the best men are gone as the Olympic tennis tournament heads to the medal round, the three top-seeded women won quarterfinals.
No. 1 Henin-Hardenne beat two-time major champion Mary Pierce of France, 6-4, 6-4; No. 2 Mauresmo outlasted No. 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2; and No. 3 Myskina defeated No. 11 Francesca Schiavone of Italy, 6-1, 6-2.
Today, Belgium's Henin-Hardenne will play Russia's Myskina in a matchup between the past two French Open champions, while France's Mauresmo meets unseeded Australian Alicia Molik. Molik had the only surprise among the women yesterday, eliminating No. 8 Ai Sugiyama of Japan, 6-3, 6-4.