Rio Olympics 2016 medal table: Team USA leads with 12

Carla Harmon
August 14, 2016

Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri competes in the men's 1500-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Like many of his contemporaries in Rio, who grew up idolising Phelps, he keeps an old photo of himself as a bespectacled teenager with the American that was taken at a meeting in Singapore after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Fans shouldn't be too anxious: Ledecky set the world record in the event in January.

Farah, heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and long jumper Greg Rutherford won gold medals within an hour of each other at the 2012 London Games, creating one of the biggest roars in Olympic history.

"I had never dreamed of going to the Olympics", said Ledecky.


However, Schooling wants Phelps to continue so that they can face-off once again in the hope that the Singaporean can get the better of his idol.

Four gold medals are waiting to be won Saturday as the smallest sculls (singles) and the largest (eights) take to the water. Earlier today, Ledecky confessed to having a bit of a sore throat from cheering for Manuel. The 31-year-old has fought back from major injuries several times in her career and just finished a yearlong break after the birth of her son.

Adrian pulled away on the freestyle to win in an Olympic-record time of 3 minutes, 27.95 seconds.

Watching Ledecky swim, let alone race, is mesmerizing. After being knocked out in singles and doubles, this is Williams' remaining event and one she entered because of the other eliminations. Often, her feet barely seem to kick; instead, they twitch in short bursts - and sometimes they're perfectly still.


American Missy Franklin, who holds the world and Olympic records, advanced to the semifinals with the 11th-fastest time of 2:09.36. "It felt good the whole way through", she said. "I couldn't have gone any faster, it's impossible". She won the world championships in 2013, 2014 and 2105.

Katie Ledecky, Women's 200m Freestyle - Swedish sprint swimmer Sarah Sjostrom was neck and neck with Ledecky through the entire race, but Ledecky managed to stave her off and win gold #2 by 0.35 seconds. At age 19, she's both the youngest member of the USA swim team and its most sure-thing victor.

Bolt turned the Olympic Stadium into his stage again for his first race at the Rio Games, cruising to an easy win in his 100-meter heat, backed up by the trademark showmanship to the thrill of the crowd.


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