Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Olympics: Day 3 Rio

I forgot to make mention yesterday that Olympian Wu Mingxia won her fifth Gold medal for Diving yesterday in the Women's 3m Springboard. Unheard of in her sport! Wu looks to make even more history by competing in other events during these Games. As expected, she is a favorite to medal!

Women's 3m Synchronized Springboard

1. Shi Tingmao and Wu Mingxia China 345.60
2. Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape Italy 313.83
3. Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith Australia 299.19

Today was the Men's 10m Synchronized Platform Diving event. Gold medalist from the London Games, 27 year old, David Boudia had a new partner this time around in 20 year old Olympic newcomer Steele Johnson. Johnson says he is fortunate to get to train with a Gold medalist in his sport, but to dive with him, and be on the same team, even better. He says Boudia is not only a mentor but a friend. It was so great to watch them win Silver in this event. It was the Chinese Team though, with a score that could not be beat, who won Gold.

Men's 10m Synchronized Platform

1. Chen Aisen and Lin Yue China 496.98
2. David Boudia and Steele Johnson USA 457.11
3. Thomas Daley and David Goodfellow Great Britain 444.45


Tonight, the Olympic pool was full of success and medals for the US Team. How consistently excited I've been watching these athletes compete and show the best of what they have to offer. Everyone has such a great story.

Conor Dwyer looked to redeem himself after a tough finish in the 400m Freestyle. He finished in 4th, just out of the medals. The 200m was his chance and when he looked up at the times, he finished in third. Sun Yang from China finished in first, and Chad Le Clos from South Africa finished in second, Mack Horton fron Australia who won the 400m called Yang from China a cheat, and said he hoped his sport would clean up these types of occurrences and that those caught would be punished.

Men's 200m Freestyle

1. Sun Yang, China, 1.44.65
2. Chad Le Clos, South Africa, 1.45.20
3. Conor Dwyer, USA, 1.45.23

Rookie to the Games, Ryan Murphy kept the US legacy alive in the 100m Men's Backstroke on Monday night. The US Team has won the Gold in this event dating all the way back to the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Not only did Murphy win but he set a new Olympic record. Fellow American, David Plummer won the Bronze and made history of his own becoming the oldest medalist in this event, 30 years 304 days.

Men's 100m Backstroke

1. Ryan Murphy, USA, 51.97 Olympic Record
2. Xu Jiayu, China, 52.31
3. David Plummer, USA, 52.40

Katinka Hosszu is continuing her gold streak at these games picking up her second Gold. She has come to two Olympics prior to this and never won a medal before Rio. What a story! Meanwhile, US team member, Kathleen Baker picked up a silver and couldn't be more ecstatic in her post race interview.

Women's 100m Backstroke

1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 58.45
2. Kathleen Baker, USA, 58.75
3. Kylie Masse, Canada, 58.76
3. Fu Yuanhui, China, 58.76

There's been a war of words brewing between Lilly King and Yulia Efimova. The only thing is, King did all the talking.  King voiced that she felt anyone who had been caught doping from Russia past or present should be banned. Efimova previously served a 16 month suspension for testing positive. King's win was a major statement and in her post race interview, she said she stood by her words and her stance on the doping issues surrounding these and so many other games.

Women's 100m Breaststroke

1. Lillia King, USA, 1.04.93 Olympic Record
2. Yulia Efimova, Russian Federation, 1.05.50
3. Catherine Meili, USA, 1.05.69


Disappointment in the Men's Team Final as the US Men finished out of the medals. Alex Naddour and Danell Laeva struggled last night on multiple events. For what should have been a happy night for the US Men's Team instead was frustration. 

Men's Team Final Artistic Gymnastics 

1. Japan 274.094
2. Russian Federation 271.453
3. China 271.122
4. Great Britain 269.752
5. USA 268.560
6. Brazil 263.728
7. Germany 261.275
8. Ukraine 207.028

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