Rio Olympics: US leads with 5 gold medals on third day
The United States bagged two more gold medals at the beginning of the third day of the Rio Olympics today morning, making its overall medal hunt to 5 golds, 7 silvers and seven bronzes.
It is followed by China ( 5 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze) and Australia ( 4 gold, three silver) as of now. US swimmers dominated the pool today winning two gold, one silver and three bronze medals.
Ryan Murphy and Lilly King secured gold for US in Men’s 100m backstroke, while Kathleen Baker won silver in Women’s 100m backstroke and Conor Dwyer, Men’s 200m freestyle (swimming).
David Plummer and Katie Meili bagged bronze. The highlight of the day at Rio today was when Ryan Murphy broke an Olympic record by winning gold in the 100m backstroke. The Rio win marked the US swimmer’s 6th consecutive win at the Olympics.
In another hi-fi bout of the games, hot favorite Michael Phelps and his major rival Chad le Clos ran into each other. Phelps gave Chad an annoying look when the latter tried to dance in front of him.
Phelps, however, seemed to be happy when he finished second in the semi-finals and le Clos stood at the third position.
China put up a good fight against US, by winning gold in the women’s categories in 10m Air Pistol, Synchronised 3m Springboard and men’s 56kg weightlifting.
However, men’s gymnastics still remain a distant dream for the Americans as they stood 5th on Monday in the team final. Now they have to wait for another four long years to fulfill their Olympic medal dreams.
Earlier, Katie Ledecky bagged the women’s 400m Freestyle by creating a new world record. Michael Phelps, helped his team to win the 4X100m Freestyle also securing his 19th gold medal in style.
Australia won three gold medals. Catherine Skinner’s awesome performance in women’s Trap Shooting category saw her bagging gold today at the games.