The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are now nearly a third of the way complete as the fifth day came to a close on Wednesday. The United States continued its dominance in both swimming and gymnastics, upping the medal count to 32. Here’s what else has been happening around Rio:
▪ Algae took over the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre where the diving competitions were being held in Rio two days ago, turning the diving pool bright green and now it appears the bloom has spread to the water polo pool. Once a crystal blue, the water is now a murky green. Rio officials say that the algae won’t hurt the athletes and that the pool changed colors due to heat and lack of wind in the stadium. That didn’t stop the internet from having a field day with it — take a look at a few of the reactions.
▪ Keri Walsh Jennings and partner April Ross were taken to three sets by Switzerland on Wednesday but prevailed 2-1 to advance to the Round of 16. Walsh Jennings dropped her first set since 2012 and is is now 47-2 lifetime in sets at the Olympics.
▪ Carmelo Anthony became the top scorer in U.S. men’s basketball history during his 31-point barrage in a 99-88 win over Australia, which led at the end of the first half. Anthony went 9 of 15 from 3-point range and moved ahead of Lebron James on the all-time scoring list. His effort proved to be the difference in a probable preview of the gold medal game.
▪ Football season is right around the corner, but for the meantime you can watch rugby 7’s to fill the void. Check out this bulldozing run worthy of the NFL by Fiji’s Josua Tuisova.
▪ Katie Ledecky keeps adding to her growing legend, pulling out a win in the 200 meter freestyle on Tuesday before an eye-popping anchor swim in the gold-medal winning 4x200-meter freestyle relay. The 200 is her weakest event, if you can even call a first place finish weak. She is also favored in the 800 freestyle, with the finals in that event set for Thursday night. The different distances require a unique blend of raw speed and stamina — only one other swimmer has ever swept the 200, 400 and 800 races (Debbie Meyer of the United States in 1968). Here’s some reaction from Rio:
▪ Also in the pool Wednesday night, Orcutt native Josh Prenot brought a little Central Coast pride to the Games, swimming his way to a silver in the 200-meter breaststroke. It was the first medal for the U.S. in that event since 2004 and a first for the debutant Olympian Prenot, who grew up swimming in the Santa Maria Swim Club. Prenot apparently also has a fan in famous weather man Al Roker.
▪ More history was made in the men’s saber when American fencer Daryl Homer took home the silver Wednesday, the first U.S. medalist in that event since Peter Westbrook won bronze in 1984 and the first silver since 1904. An American has still never won gold in the event. Homer’s journey is an interesting one, having been mentored by none other than Westbrook, who lived just blocks away from Homer in New York.