Rio Olympics 2016 Day 2 Highlights: Team USA Medal Table, Videos & More

Rio Olympics 2016 Day 2 Highlights: Team USA Medal Table, Videos & More
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Day 2 of the 2016 Rio Olympics were largely dominated by American swimmers and gymnasts.


Team USA tops the list of total medals earned. With 12 medals to their name, they are ahead of China (8), Italy (7) and Japan (7). USA and China find themselves tied for total gold medals – with three medals a piece.

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While it was suspected that swimming sensation Michael Phelps may not be part of the men’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay, with many expressing doubts as to whether he should be included, he proved his critics wrong. He swam a glorious second leg to give his side a lead their competitors could not overcome.

“When I was on the block, I honestly felt like my heart was going to explode out of my chest,” Phelps said, as reported by the Washington Post. “I was so hyped tonight.”

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Swimmer Nathan Adrian, who is also the defending champion of the 100 meter freestyle, swam the last leg to elbow out competitors France and Australia and clinch the gold.

“It’s been tough,” said Adrian. “We’re a country that’s so deep, that’s so deep in the sprints. . . . We’ve had that depth, we just hadn’t had those four guys together at the same time.”

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Katie Ledecky beat her own world record in 400 meters freestyle, completing the race in 3:56:46, as reported by Morning News USA. Jazz Carlin, who finished second, was behind Ledecky by a margin of five seconds. With this feat, Ledecky became the only female swimmer to finish the swim in less than 3:59.

Ledecky also won a silver medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay on Saturday.

As reported by SB Nation, some of the other athletes who earned medals include Corey Cogdell who finished third in the women’s trap final and earned a bronze medal; Alexander Massialas who earned a silver medal in fencing; Dana Vollmer who clinched a bronze medal in 100 meter butterfly; Cody Miller who bagged a bronze medal in the 100 meter breaststroke; and Leah Smith who earned a bronze medal in 400 meter freestyle.

In gymnastics, Simone Biles came in first while Aly Raisman finished second.

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