Rio Olympics Recap Day 4: Our Gymnasts Rule and Michael Phelps Stays Gold
American swimmer Michael Phelps won two gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil on Tuesday, extending his world record haul to 22 career gold medals. The U.S. continued to pace all countries in overall medals and golds. Here’s a recap of the day’s action:
Michael Phelps Reigns in the Pool
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps extended his own Olympic record by winning his 21st gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly on Tuesday. After his victory, Phelps raised his arms and gesticulated in a manner befitting the king of his sport; he waved on all challengers to his throne.
Masato Sakai of Japan claimed the silver medal, and Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary earned the bronze. Phelps’ main rival Chad le Clos of South Africa, who topped the U.S. great by five-hundredths of a second in London in 2012, finished fourth.
Phelps later helped the Americans win another gold by anchoring the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Great Britain finished with a silver medal, and Japan took the bronze.
Amidst Phelps’ remarkable encore performance, American swimmer Katie Ledecky won her second gold of the Rio Games with a victory in the 200-meter freestyle. Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden claimed silver, with Australia's Emma McKeon taking bronze.
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszú won her third gold of the Rio Games, taking the women's 200-meter individual medley in an Olympic-record time of 2:06.58. Siobhan-Marie O'Connor of Britain won the silver. American Maya DiRado earned the bronze medal.
U.S. ‘Final Five’ Earn Gymnastics Team Gold
The U.S. women’s gymnastics team of Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian turned in a stellar gold-medal performance on Tuesday. The American ‘Final Five’ posted the highest total score in every apparatus, finishing well ahead of Russia and China, respectively.
The Americans won the gold in the final Olympics for Martha Karolyi, the national team coordinator who has been instrumental in the sport for more than three decades.
Serena Falls in 3rd Round
Defending Olympic champion Serena Williams of the U.S. lost to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3 in the third round of women’s tennis on Tuesday. Williams committed five double-faults in the loss, one of many that has befallen the best tennis players in the world on the Rio hard courts since Saturday.
Odds & Ends
The Americans added medals in two lesser-known sports on Tuesday. Favorite Travis Stevens settled for the silver medal in men's 81kg judo, falling to Khasan Khalmurzaev of Russia in the final. Sergiu Toma of the United Arab Emirates and Takanori Nagase of Japan won bronze.
Michael Jung of Germany won his second straight equestrian gold medal, while Nicolas Astier of France won the silver. American Phillip Dutton, 52, captured a bronze for the U.S.
The U.S. women’s national soccer team played Columbia to a 2-2 draw. American goalkeeper Hope Solo was uncharacteristically shaky, allowing the tying goal in the 90th minute. Despite the draw, the U.S. won Group G and advanced to the quarterfinals.
The U.S. extended its lead in the overall medal count by taking home seven medals on Tuesday, including four gold.
United States: 26 | 9 gold; 8 silver; 9 bronze
China: 17 | 8 gold; 3 silver; 6 bronze
Japan: 14 | 3 gold; 1 silver; 10 bronze
Russia: 12 | 3 gold; 6 silver; 3 bronze
Australia: 9 | 4 gold; 0 silver; 5 bronze
Italy: 9 | 3 gold; 4 silver; 2 bronze