Rio Olympics Recap Day 9: Usain Bolt Wins 3rd Olympic Gold in 100-Meters
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt became the first Olympian to win three consecutive 100-meter gold medals on Sunday at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Elsewhere, the U.S. increased its lead in the overall medal count. Here’s a recap of the day’s action:
Usain Bolt Is Still The Fastest Man On Earth.
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt overcame a sluggish start and blazed past American Justin Gatlin to win a record third consecutive 100-meter gold medal. Bolt finished in 9.81, winning his seventh-overall Olympic gold. He was followed by Gatlin (9.89) and Canada’s Andre De Grasse (9.91).
South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk won the gold medal in the men’s 400-meters on Sunday, breaking American Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old world record. Van Niekerk finished the race in 43.03 seconds, with Kirani James (43.76) of Grenada taking silver and LaShawn Merritt (43.85) of the United States earning the bronze.
Jemima Sumgong of Kenya won the women’s marathon with a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 4 seconds. Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa of Bahrain took silver, with Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia winning the bronze medal.
Simone Biles Wins Her 3rd Gold Medal
U.S. gymnast Simone Biles earned her third gold medal at the Rio Games by winning the women’s vault final on Sunday. Russia’s Maria Paseka took silver, with Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber capturing bronze. Biles’ three gold medals are the most by an American female gymnast in a single Olympic Games.
Russia’s Aliya Mustafina won the gold medal in the women’s uneven bars, with American Madison Kocian taking silver and Germany’s Sophie Scheder winning the bronze.
U.S. gymnast Alexander Naddour won bronze in the pommel horse, finishing behind two British athletes: gold medalist Max Whitlock and silver medalist Louis Smith.
Ryan Lochte Robbed At Gunpoint In Rio
Six-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte and three other U.S. swimmers were allegedly robbed at gunpoint on Sunday in Rio. Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen said a taxi they were riding in was stopped by people posing as police officers who demanded the athletes’ money while brandishing a gun.
The incident was the latest – and arguably most serious — in a series of events tied to the unrest surrounding the Games’ host city. The investigation is continuing.
Andy Murray Repeats As Olympic Champ
Britain’s Andy Murray beat Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, on Sunday to become the first men’s tennis player to win consecutive Olympic singles titles. Japan’s Kei Nishikori beat Rafael Nadal of Spain, 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 for the bronze medal.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock beat Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram, 6-7(3), 6-1 1-0, 10-7, in an all American mixed doubles tennis final. Despite the loss, Williams tied the Olympic mark by winning her fifth overall tennis medal.
Justin Rose Was Golden
Justin Rose of Great Britain shot a 4-under 67 – good enough for a gold medal-winning, two-shot victory over Henrik Stenson of Sweden in the first men’s golf tournament held in the Olympics since the 1904 St. Louis Games. Matt Kuchar of the United States claimed the bronze medal.
U.S.A. Basketball Continues To Win. Barely.
Klay Thompson scored 30 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Team USA edged France, 100-97, in Olympic men’s basketball on Sunday. It was the third consecutive close call for the seemingly invincible Americans, who improved to 5-0 and clinched first place in Group A. Nando de Colo and Thomas Heurtel each scored 18 points for France.
Elsewhere, Brittney Griner had 18 points and 13 rebounds, as the U.S. women routed China, 105-62. The American women remain heavily favored to win the gold medal.
The United States team added nine medals to its overall total on Sunday, including Sarah Robles’ bronze medal in women’s 75kg weightlifting. The Americans now lead the second-place Chinese by 24 total medals.
United States: 69 | 26 gold; 21 silver; 22 bronze
China: 45 | 15 gold; 13 silver; 17 bronze
Great Britain: 38 | 15 gold; 16 silver; 7 bronze
Russia: 30 | 9 gold; 11 silver; 10 bronze
Japan: 26 | 7 gold; 4 silver; 15 bronze