Today in beach volleyball, the American team of Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings make it a 3-peat. They defeat the Americans Ross and Kessy to end their partnership with 3 golds, and an undefeated streak. May will retire, and Walsh would possibly return with a new partner. Nonetheless, it was a great end to a legendary team.
In the women’s 200 meter, Allyson Felix had one two silvers in this race in the past Olympics, but finally she would claim gold. She won with a time of 21.88. Shelly Ann-Fraser Pryce takes silver, and Carmelita Jeter takes bronze. The top 5 were separated by half a second. In the long jump Brittney Reese won gold and Janay DeLoach.
If that wasn’t enough, day 1 of the decathlon couldn’t have gone any better for the United States. World record holder Ashton Eaton came in as the favorite, with teammate Trey Hardee a medal contender, and so far they’ve lived up to those distinctions. Eaton finished day 1 with a whopping 4661 points (more than halfway to his world record score). Hardee is in 2nd, 220 points back. In basketball, the USA beats Australia in the quarterfinals, now they face Argentina.
With a good day for the USA, they lead the medal count 81-77 to China, but China still leads the gold medals 36-34. Russia has taken third place in the medal count.
After missing bronze in the gymnastics all round final to a tiebreaker, Aly Raisman wins bronze on the balance beam, finally winning gold on the floor exercise. Linding Deng of China won the gold on the balance beam. Unfortunately, Gabby fell during the balance beam, only claiming 7th. Jordyn Wieber also claimed 7th on the floor exercise.
In the women’s 110 meter hurdles, all 3 Americans made it to the finals, but Australia’s Sally Pearson takes gold, while Lolo Jones takes 4th. In the men’s high jump, Erik Kynard won the silver, just out jumped by Russian Ivan Ukhov. It was a tight field, as evidenced by the three bronze medals that were awarded. The men’s 1500 meters though might have the most controversal winner yet. Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria won the race, he only stayed in the 1500 after his coaches claimed an injury.Leo Manzano won the silver for the United States, while Matt Centrowitz’s powerful finishing kick left him just .04 out of the medals.
In beach volley ball, Misty May and Kerri Walsh defaet the team from China in two close sets, while April Ross and Jen Kessy upset the Brazillians. The two teams will face each other in the finals. Errol Spence became the last American boxer left, as a decision against him is reserved.
On Sunday, Usain Bolt would try to defend the coveted title of world’s fastest man. For the last few years, people have doubted Bolt’s performance, as he false started in the World Championships 2011, and placed second on the trials to Johan Blake. Now in the finals of the men’s 100 meters, he defended his gold with world record 9.63. Blake was second with 9.75, Gatlin was 9.79, and Tyson Gay finished with 9.80.
In gymnastics, super vaulter McKayla Maroney takes silver after having a fall on the second vault. In the men’s floor exercise, China’s Zou Kai takes gold, while Hungary’s Berki Krisztian takes gold on the pommel horse.
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.
Allison Schmitt’s dominating final leg in the women’s relay helped the US team(Missy Franklin, Dana Volmer, Shannon Vreeland, and Allison Schmitt take gold. Both Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps advance into the 200meter medley, with Lochte taking first and Phelps a close second. Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta took gold and set a new world record for the men’s 200meter breaststroke, Great Britain takes silver and Japan takes Bronze.
A scandal stunned Day 5, as 8 badminton players were disqualified for trying to throw games to get favorable picks the next round. They were punished for trying to intentionally lose their match.
Serena Williams advances to the quarterfinals, but Venus falls in her third round match to Angelique Kerber of Germany.
The German 8men rowing team celebrates as they take gold in the rowing final.