Another day of Olympic competition is in the books in Rio, and the athletes did not disappoint. In case you missed Sunday’s highlights, here is a quick recap of events.
The United States dominated in the pool. Katie Ledecky was able to capture the first swimming gold medal of the games in the 400-meter-freestyle. She touched the wall at 3:56.46 surpassing the previous record of 3:58.37 set almost two years ago.
Ledecky was soon joined by Olympic great Michael Phelps who swam the second leg in the 4×100 meter-freestyle. Phelps swam along with Caleb Dressel, Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian. The relay team led from start to finish and took gold with a time of 3 minutes, 9.92 seconds. Phelps has now won 19 gold medals over the course of his career.
Serena and Venus Williams didn’t get the results they were hoping for on Sunday. The two were upset for the first time in an Olympic doubles match by the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova and Barbora Stycova 6-3, 6-4. Prior to Sunday’s match, the sisters had a 15-0 career record in the Olympics.
In the gymnasium, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team outperformed their opponents. The women cruised to the top of the leaderboard in the Olympic preliminaries. Their total score was 185.238 which was 10 better than second-place China. American Simone Biles worked her magic on all fronts earning an all-around total of 62.366. Biles and Aly Raisman will represent the United States in the all-around final.