Rio Day 5: U.S. swimming dominate relay, seven golds given out

Women athletes from around the world continue to make an impact in Rio.

As day five of the 2016 Rio Olympics came to an end, seven more gold medals were awarded to women athletes across multiple countries. Below is a rundown of today’s results. 


Women’s road time trial- USA cyclist Kristin Armstrong won her third straight gold in this event, just one day before turning 43. Armstrong is a force to be reckoned with no matter her age, as she finished with a time of 44:26.42. Russian cyclist Olga Zabelinskaya took silver with a time of 44:31.97, while Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands secured bronze with a time of 44:37.80.


 Women’s 69 kg- Chinese powerhouse Xiang Yanmei took the gold by lifting a total weight of 261 kg. The silver medal went to Zhazira Zhapparkul of Kazakhstan, who lifted just two kg less than Yanmei. Lifting a total of 255 kg for bronze was Egyptian Sara Ahmed.


Women’s 70 kg- The gold medal bout saw Japanese athlete Haruka Tachimoto beat Colombian Yuri Alvear 100s1 points to 0, but Alvear still secured the silver medal. There were two bronze medal bouts, where Sally Conway of Great Britain won bout A with 1s2 points and Laura Vargas Koch of Germany won bout B with 10 points.


Women’s individual foil- In an extremely close gold medal bout, Russian fencer Inna Deriglazova defeated Italian Elisa Di Francisca 12-11 for gold. The bronze medal bout saw Tunisian fencer Ines Boubakri claim the bronze medal by beating Russian Aida Shanaeva 15-11.

 Table Tennis:

Women’s singles- The Chinese completely dominated the table tennis gold medal match, as two Chinese players competed against each other for the gold and silver respectively. Ding Ning defeated Li Xiaoxia four games to three to take gold, while Kim Song I of North Korea won four games to one in the bronze medal match.


Women’s 200m butterfly- Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte followed up her bronze in the 400m individual medley, with a gold and a time of 2:04.85 in the 200m butterfly. Australian Madeline Groves was merely three milliseconds behind her for silver with a time of 2:04.88, while Natsumi Hoshi of Japan took bronze with a time of 2:05.20.

Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay- Allison Schmitt led the U.S. in their quest for gold, while Katie Ledecky anchored the relay to defend their gold title from the 2012 London Olympics. Team USA finished the relay with a time of 7:43.03, only milliseconds slower than their Olympic Record back in 2012. The Australians took silver after being neck-and-neck with the U.S. until Ledecky took over, with a time of 7:44.87. After just missing the podium in London, the Canadians made a comeback in Rio with a time of 7:45.39 to take the bronze medal.

In other news from day five in Rio, U.S. beach volleyball duo Kerri Walsh Jennings and new partner April Ross finished Group C of the preliminaries undefeated. Walsh Jennings and Ross beat Switzerland’s Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Verge-Depre in three sets, 21-13, 22-24, and 15-12.

It is yet to be determined who the U.S. will play in the first round of the knockouts, but the duo are favored to take it all, as Walsh Jennings looks to earn her fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball.

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Taylor Vecchioni