Rio Day 4: Team USA dominates, 7 golds handed out

Day four of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games ended with the U.S. women dominating in historic fashion.

Many athletes and countries made history, broke records, and experienced heartbreak, as day four of the 2016 Rio Olympics came to a close. Below is a rundown of today’s results.


Women’s 63 kg- Chinese athlete Deng Wei put up a new world record to go along with winning gold by lifting 262 kg. Picking up silver was Choe Hyo Sim of North Korea by lifting 248 kg, while bronze went to Karina Goricheva of Kazakhstan for lifting a total of 243 kg.


Women’s 25m pistol- After winning bronze two nights ago in the 10m air pistol, Anna Korakaki of Greece beat out German Monika Karsch 8-6 to take home the gold. Karsch earned a silver medal, while Heidi Diethelm Gerber of Switzerland won 8-4 in the bronze medal match.


Women’s synchronized 10m platform- Chinese platform diving duo Liu Huixia and Chen Ruolin mimicked their springboard teammates by winning gold with a score of 354. Malaysian athletes Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong took silver with a score of 344.34, while Canadian duo Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion earned the bronze with a score of 336.18.


Women’s team all-around- For the first time in U.S. Gymnastics history, the U.S. Women’s team won back-to-back Olympic gold medals in the team all-around event. The Final Five (what the girls have dubbed themselves this year) proved why they are the best team in the world by earning the highest team score in every events and ousting the second-place Russia by a full right points with a score of 184.897. With individual events still to go, the U.S. women gymnasts have more chances to dominate across all events. Russia took silver with a team score of 176.688, while China barely followed with a score of 176.003 for bronze.


Women’s 63 kg- Slovenia athlete Tina Trstenjak beat out Clarisse Agbegnenou of France 101-0 for the gold, while Agbegnenou took silver. There were two bronze medal bout matches, where Yarden Gerbi of Israel won the bronze in bout A, and Dutch athlete Anicka van Emden won in bout B.


Women’s 200m freestyle- Once again, USA swimming dominated, as Katie Ledecky continues her perfect run of never having lost any individual international race. Ledecky took gold with a time of 1:53.73, where she is now two-for-two for gold in Rio. Additionally, the 19-year-old is three-for-three in all events so far; having took home the silver a few days ago in the 4 x 100m relay. Taking the silver medal was Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden with a time of 1:54.08. Sjostrom was considered a favorite in the 200m free (other than Ledecky) after she won gold and broke a world record in the 100m butterfly a few nights ago. Australian swimmer Emma McKeon grabbed bronze with a time of 1:54.92 to round out the podium.

Women’s 200m individual medley- Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu not only took gold, but also earned a new Olympic Record with a time of 2:06.58. Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor took the silver medal with a time of 2:06.88, while U.S. swimmer Madeline Dirado came in with a time of 2:08.79, adding to the total medal count with a bronze.

In other news from day four of the Olympics, the U.S. Women’s National Team took the soccer pitch today for the third and final match of Group G play. After defeating New Zealand and France in the first two matches to lead the group, it looked like smooth sailing for the USWNT to clinch Group G.

However, they were in for a reality check when Colombia scored a goal in the first half to lead 1-0. It was a shock to all, as the free kick taken by Catalina Usme went right through goalkeeper Hope Solo’s legs, ending her shutout in Rio. Before the half ended, Crystal Dunn scored the equalizer.

In the second half, 18-year-old Mallory Pugh became the youngest U.S. player to score in the Olympics when she gave the USWNT a 2-1 lead over Colombia going into the final 30 minutes. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to secure the win, when Colombia’s Usme won free kick in the 90th minute. Usme was at it again with a goal that soared right past Solo into the upper right corner of the net, ending the game in a 2-2 draw. The USWNT still won the group with a 2-1-0 record and will move on to the knockout stage along with France of Group G.

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



Taylor Vecchioni