In Day 8, we conclude the swimming events with the 1500meter freestyle, and the women and men’s 4x100meter relay. We start with China’s Sun Yang, who won gold in the 1500 meter freestyle. He broke his own world record, and flew past the competition, leaving the second place(Canada’s Ryan Cochrane) and third place(Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli) by seven seconds. Sun Yang almost did not get the gold, when he jumped before the gun. A frustrated Sun Yang returned back to his starting position, and it was found out that he heard a noise in the crowd and jumped.
In the 4×100 relays, the USA women’s team dominated the competition, and broke the world record. Missy Franklin swam backstroke, with Rebecca Soni swimming breathstroke, followed up by Dana Vollmer who swam fly, and finally Allison Schmitt with a big final leg with the freestyle. All four of these athletes won gold in each of the strokes they swam in the relay. It was Michael Phelps last Olympics swim event, and it was a grand one. Matt Greaver(backstroke), Brendan Hansen(breaststroke), Phelps(Fly), and Nathan Adrien(freestyle) won gold, while Japan takes silver and Australia takes bronze. Phelps ends his Olympic career with 18 golds, 2 silver, and 2 bronze, a total of 22.
In tennis Serena wins gold over Maria Sharapova, 6-0 6-1, becoming the second woman to win all the grand slam titles and the gold medal. After a tough game, the USA basketball team prevails over Lithuania, after Lebron James’s tough run in the final four minutes of the match, winning 99-94.
It was another big day for the U.S. team, especially swimming. Michael Phelps started off slow at first, but now he has 21 medals after he won the 1oo meter fly with another gold medal. This win adds up to 19 gold medals, and his second 3-peat event. He will try to get another and his last gold medal in the 4x100m medley relay. Missy Franklin adds another gold by winning her fourth overall medal in the 200 meter backstroke. Team USA’s 15 year old Katie Ledecky wins gold easily during the 800meter freestyle, winning over British favorite Rebecca Adlington.
After an incredible almost 3 hour final set, Roger Federer advances to the gold medal match on Sunday when he defeats Juan Del Potro, winning 3-6,7-6, 19-17. For the other match Britain’s own Andy Murray wins over Novak Djokovic with a 7-5,7-5 victory to advance to the final.
In women’s soccor USA wins over New Zealand 2-0 to advance to the semifinal. Canada waits in the semis as they eliminate Great Britain. France beat Sweden and Japan who beat Brazil will advance as well.
Gabby Douglas took home the gold metal in the Women’s Individual All-Around Finals. After teammate Jordyn Wieber of the USA Gymnastics team was excluded from the competition, Douglas pretty much had the floor to herself. Douglas finished first in all the events, except for the Uneven Bars and Floor. She finished 3rd and 4th respectively. Douglas’ gold metal winning score was 62.232, which is a very good score.
Tim Baillie and Etienne Scott of Great britian took the gold metal in the Men’s C-2 Canoe Slalom.
Rebecca Soni of Team USA got 1st place in the 200m breaststroke. Soni set the world record in this event as well as winning 1.13 seconds ahead of runner-up Satomi Suzuki.
No country in the Southern Hemisphere has ever hosted a Winter Games.
The five rings of the Olympic flag symbolize Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas and are said to be ‘linked together in friendship.’ At least one of the rings’ colors – blue, black, green, yellow, and red – appear on every national flag of the world.
Did you ever wonder why the official distance of a marathon was exactly 26 miles, 385 yards? In 1908, the marathon standard had been set at exactly 26 miles. However, at the Olympic marathon in London, it was decided that the royal family needed a better view of the finish line so organizers added an extra 385 yards to the race so the finish line would be in front of the royal box. And it’s been that way ever since.
The United States has won the most medals in the sumer games with 2,435
In the first modern Olympics, Athens 1896, first place winners were awarded silver medals and olive branches. Second place contestants were awarded bronze medals and third place finishers left empty handed.
And you thought they just used a match. Did you know that traditionally the Olympic flame in Olympia, Greece is rekindled every two years using the sun’s rays and a concave reflective mirror?
Stockholm 1912 saw the last gold medals made entirely from gold. Current medals are gold-plated and contain 1.34% gold and 92.5% silver.