Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Olympics: Day 8 Rio

It was the final night of swimming at these Olympics. It was perhaps the last time we will see Michael Phelps race. It's very clear how much Michael loves swimming, competing, his teammates, his fans, and it will be, no doubt, different without him. He is a true legend and inspiration, and I think that's not going to go away any time soon.

Denmarks Pernille Blume won Denmark's first gold in swimming. Simone Manuel continued to impress at these Games, picking up another medal, this time Silver.

Women's 50m Freestyle

1. Pernille Blume, Denmark, 24.07
2. Simone Manuel, USA, 24.09
3. Aliaksandra Herasimenia, Belarus, 24.11

In the Men's 1500m, Gregorio Paltrinieri had the lead for almost the entire event and his teammate won the Bronze. Conor Jaeger improved from sixth place to second place,

Men's 1,500m Freestyle

1. Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy, 14.34.57
2. Connor Jaeger, USA, 14.39.48
3. Gabriele Detti, Italy, 14.40.86

There was absolute dominance by the US Team in relays. This team has a lot to be proud of in terms of performance. More than ever, they have proven that the US is a force to be reckoned with in swimming and so many other sports.

Women's 4x 100m Medley Relay

1. USA, 3.53.13 (Team USA: Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer, Simone Manuel)
2. Australia, 3.55.00
3. Denmark, 3.55.01

Men's 4x 100m Medley Relay

1. USA, 3.27.95 (Team USA: Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller, Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian) Olympic Record
2. Great Britain, 3.29.24
3. Australia, 3.29.93

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