Friday, August 12, 2016

The Olympics: Day 7 Rio

Maya Dirado was not favored in this event, and nevertheless, here she is, with another Gold! I have a feeling that a lot of people are going to be begging Dirado not to retire after these Games and ride into the sunset. She upset Katinka Hosszu who was the favorite and won a couple of Golds earlier this week.

Women's 200m Backstroke

1. Maya Dirado, USA, 2.05.99
2. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 2.06.05
3. Hillary Caldwell, Canada, 2.07.54

Eight year ago, a teenage Joseph Schooling from Singapore met Michael Phelps before he went to the Beijing Games. Fast forward to 2016, and a grown up Joseph Schooling not only swan against Phelps but beat him and a group of veterans. Phelps took home the third silver of his career, an honor which this time he shared with long time rivals Chad Le Clos and Laszlo Cseh.

Men's 100m Butterfly

1. Joseph Schooling, Singapore, 50.39 Olympic Record
2. Michael Phelps, USA, 51.14
2. Chad Le Clos, South Africa, 51.14
2. Laszlo Cseh, Hungary, 51.14

Katie Ledecky not only defended her Gold in the 800m Freestyle, but she shattered the World Record that belonged to her. She finished the race almost 13 seconds after everyone else.

Women's 800m Freestyle

1. Katie Ledecky, USA, 8.04.79 World Record/ Olympic Record
2. Carlin Jazz, Great Britain, 8.16.17
3. Boglarka Kapas, Hungary, 8.16.37

Lastly, the 50m Free, the splash and dash as it's called by swimmers had quite the surprise. It came in the form of 35 year old Anthony Ervin from the US. Ervin won this event 16 years ago in 2000 at the age of 19. He and Gary Hall Jr of the US tied for Gold. This time around it was just Ervin. Favorite in the event Florent Manaudou of France won the Silver and Nathan Adrian of the US hung on for the Bronze.

Men's 50m Freestyle

1. Anthony Ervin, USA, 21.40
2. Florent Manouodou, France, 21.41
3. Nathan Adrian, USA, 21.49

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