Daily Olympian: A Robbery, a Record and a Wedding Proposal
Track and field gets into high gear as Usain Bolt wins his third straight 100-meter sprint gold medal.
There was a robbery at the Olympics yesterday (and sadly not of the sporting kind), some fantastic track and field and a wedding proposal.
What happened yesterday
The Flash lives, part I
Usain Bolt won his third straight 100-meter sprint gold medal.
The Flash lives, part II
Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa broke one of the oldest records in men’s track — Michael Johnson’s 1999 record in the 400 meters, breaking 0.15 of a second.
Umm, did you know there was golf and tennis at these Olympics?
So many male golfers dropped out, claiming Zika concerns (though many were suspicious) that maybe it seemed as the IOC would cancel the thing. But no, golf was held and Britain’s Justin Rose won the gold.
And following the upset losses of the Williams sisters and Novak Djokovic, there has been some terrific tennis. Andy Murray followed up his London 2012 gold in the men's singles with another in Rio. And twenty years after her first Olympic appearance, Martina Hingis made a comeback in doubles, getting all the way to the gold medal match before losing. Silver is still pretty good.
Burying the lead here
Ryan Lochte and three other U.S. swimmers were robbed at gunpoint by people posing as police. Read the whole story here and here (with video). It is harrowing. And as veteran Olympic-watcher Christine Brennan notes, this puts the games on edge.
Here's a feel-good story
But here’s your feel-good video of the day. (That Lochte story requires more than one feel-good story. So here’s another one about Katie Ledecky).
The sport that swallowed the Olympics
NBC has managed to string out gymnastics over as many nights as possible by doling out the individual finals. Tonight it's men's rings, men’s vault and women’s balance beam.
Track and field finals are also in the spotlight: gold medals will be awarded in men’s pole vault, men’s 800-meter and women’s 400-meter.
Canoe and kayak sprints, synchronized swimming qualifying, men’s beach volleyball quarterfinals, wrestling, equestrian, badminton, men’s handball, women’s water polo.