USA Dominates after Day 4 of Rio Olympics

Ross Houston
August 14, 2016

Chen Xinyi, 18, tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic, on August 7 after she finished fourth in the 100m butterfly final in 56.72 seconds, the Chinese Swimming Association (CSA) announced in its statement on Friday morning. More than 50 percent of all medals won by the top three winners of the London Olympics came from their female athletes. "We will cooperate with the Court of Arbitration of Sport during its investigation and will respect the final ruling by the CAS".

It didn't sit well with the American superstar, who got off to a rousing start at the Rio Games by leading his 4x100 freestyle team to the gold medal.

Two years ago, at the Sochi Winter Olympics, a gold medal was worth about $580. Both Mashu Baker in the men's 90-kilogram weight class and Haruka Tachimoto in the women's 70-kilogram class were surprises to reach the finals, but they came through when needed and secured gold medals.

Venus and Serena fall: In a stunning upset, three-time gold medalists Venus and Serena Williams were eliminated during the first round of the women's doubles by the Czech duo of Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova. "It feels like gold that I'm after [Ledecky]", Sjostrom said. Team USA still emerged at the top of Group G of the women's soccer tournament and will play in the quarterfinals. And it is 20 years after the Magnificent Seven became Olympic champions. The beach volleyball player took home gold in London back in 2012.

"I think it's hard to put into words Ginny's journey in the last 12 months, but there is simply no higher accomplishment in sports than to be an Olympic champion".

ESPN Stats & Info noted Ledecky has a chance to put herself in rare company if she wins her best event later in the week, which is nearly a forgone conclusion.

"It doesn't matter whether it's the silver or bronze medal", gymnast Liu Yang told Reuters after China lost their men's team gymnastics title to Japan and settled for bronze.

American athletes dominated in women's gymnastics, pulling in eight-point lead over Russian Federation. It's the first medal of the Rio Games for the Romanians, who outscored China 44-38.

The golden girls dubbed themselves "The Final Five" in honor of Karolyi's retirement at the end of the Olympics and the fact that the format is changing for Tokyo in 2020 so that only four team members will take part in the team competition.

"As our attitude matures, and we know how to better appreciate competition, we will be able to openly applaud our rivals to reflect our great country's confidence and tolerance", said a Sunday post by state broadcaster CCTV, titled "When we are no longer obsessed with gold medals".

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