Rio Day 2: swimmers break records, 9 golds handed out

Day two of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games have come to a close after an exciting display of performances.

Women athletes from around the world are making their mark in the 2016 Rio Olympics during day two of event action. From upsets to setting world records, here is a rundown of today’s results.

Shooting:

Women’s 10m air pistol- Chinese athlete Zhang Mengxue wins gold with 199.4 points. Earning a silver medal for her country is Russian Vitalina Batsarashkina with 197.1 points. Anna Korakaki of Greece secured bronze with 177.7 points. 

Women’s trap- Australian Catherine Skinner beat out Natalie Rooney of New Zealand for gold by beating her 12-11. Adding to USA’s medal count is Corey Cogdell with the bronze.

 Cycling:

Women’s road race- Following a devastating crash around the final push by Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten, USA’s Mara Abbott took the lead for the final stretch. Abbott was a good distance ahead of the rest of the pack when it appeared she would bring home the gold, she lost momentum around the final turn when Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands (gold), Emma Johansson of Sweden (silver), and Elisa Longo Borghini (bronze) beat her out of a medal.

Weightlifting:

Women’s 53 kg- Chinese Taipei athlete Hsu Shu-ching took gold by lifting a total of 212 kg. Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines took silver with 200 kg, and South Korean Yoon Jin-hee earned bronze with 199 kg.

Diving:

Women’s synchronized 3m springboard- Chinese powerhouse Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao out dove the competition once again with a score of 345.6 to take gold. Italian duo Tania Cognotto and Francesca Dallape took silver with a score of 313.83, while Australians Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith earned bronze with a score of 299.19.

 Judo:

Women’s 52 kg- Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosovo took out Italian Odette Giuffrida for the gold, while Misato Nakamura took bronze for Japan.

 Archery:

Women’s team- South Korean trio Ki Bo-Bae, Choi Mi-sun, and Chang Hye-Jin secured their legacy in archery by beating out Russian team Ksenia Perova, Inna Stepanova, and Tuyana Dashidorzhieva 5-1 for gold. In the bronze medal match, Chinese Taipei trio Lin Shih-chia, Tan Ya-ting, and Le Chien-ying beat the Italians 5-3 to medal.

 Swimming:

Women’s 100m butterfly- Swedish athlete Sarah Sjostrom not only took home the gold, but also broke the world record in doing so with a time of 55.48 seconds. The race for silver and bronze were only milliseconds apart for Canadian Penny Oleksiak and American Dana Vollmer. Oleksiak took silver with a time of 56.46 seconds, while comeback swimmer Vollmer made her country proud with a time of 56.63 seconds and a bronze medal.

Women’s 400m freestyle- In what was one of the most anticipated events of the night, Team USA favorite and all-around swimming sensation Katie Ledecky shattered the competition tonight in multiple ways. Ledecky not only took home the gold, but also broke the world record (previously her own) by a full two seconds with a time of 3:56.46, and finished five seconds before any other swimmer. Great Britain’s Jazmin Carlin earned silver with a time of 4:01.23, while another U.S. swimmer Leah Smith took bronze with a time of 4:01.92.

Check back daily at Athena Sports Net for more Rio news and results.

Taylor Vecchioni
    • Lou Hall

      Great reporting. Could possibly get a breakdown of daily medals for top five countries ? Need for school project