Recapping a Golden Day 8 for the Hosts [SPOILER ALERT]
Other US Medalists While the US has earned the majority of its medals so far in swimming, there are other athletes getting it done is less hyped venues. Today, Jamie Gray won gold in the 50 meter rifle three positions event (oh, the jokes that can be made from that). The US women's pursuit team won silver today, a game effort considered Great Britain has made the cycling velodrome their personal playground. The Brits easily won the gold medal. The US added bronzes in the men's fours rowing event, and in the women's team epee, taking the latter in a sudden death tiebreakers with Russia. USA! USA!
Oh Canada! Our neighbors from the North had a respectable seven medals going into today, but hadn't yet reached the top step of the podium. That changed in women's trampoline, where Rosie MacLennan defeated the favored Chinese to win gold. With a tight race between the US and China for most golds, thanks Canada for doing us a solid and keeping the Chinese from getting this one.
Today in Handball In the Iceland-France game, I saw the greatest handball save of my young handball watching career. France had a fast break, but instead of chucking the ball, the player decided to almost lob it in. The Iceland goalie, expecting a chuck, dived and got a piece of it, but not enough to deflect it away from goal. The goalie got up and just kept the ball out of the net as it was about to fall over the line. This save helped Iceland win a very tight game 30-29 and remain unbeaten. Croatia also remained unbeaten by easily defeating Denmark 32-21.
Medal Count Update Team USA remains just ahead of China, 54 medals to 53, and 26 to 25. We may have crushed swimming, but China is just a machine in things like badminton and table tennis. Great Britain, meanwhile, just keeps coming. They're up to 14 gold medals and 29 total. Both of those rank third. Russia (28) and Japan (24) round out the top five in total medals. Props to Guatemala, who picked up their first ever Olympic medal, a silver in race walking.
On Tap Tomorrow Only the most hyped event of the Games: the Men's 100 Meter Dash. If all goes well in the semis, everyone should be there: Bolt. Blake. Gatlin. Gay. The most electric 10 seconds of the Olympics will be at around 4:50 eastern tomorrow. Also awards medals in track tomorrow: women's marathon, women's triple jump, men's hammer throw, women's 400 meters, and men's steeplechase.
At around 9 am eastern is the men's singles final in tennis. Roger Federer and Andy Murray meet again just weeks after Federer's victory in the Wimbledon final. Think that will be an incredible atmosphere?
Gymnastics begins the event finals, with the men's floor and pommel horse and the women's vault. Knockout play begins in women's water polo with the quarterfinals. Team USA faces Italy. Women's beach volleyball also has its quarterfinal matches. Diving awards its first individual medals in women's springboard (I like the Chinese divers in that one). The men's omnium, cycling's version of the decathlon, also concludes.
Elsewhere, wrestling and (hah) synchronized swimming start up, women's boxing officially debuts, and sailing awards its first medals in classes I don't understand. Finally, fencing says goodbye for these Olympics, as does badminton, which will then go off to think about how it made itself a laughing stock.
The middle Saturday of the Games is always active, and today was no exception. What will tomorrow bring?