The U.S. contingent got off to a strong start on Day 5. The Americans won medals in cycling, diving and fencing early, while swimming — as usual — provided more gold, silver and bronze for the U.S. athletes.
- Kristin Armstrong, Women’s time trial (cycling)
- Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay (swimming)
- Michael Hixon and Sam Dorman, Men’s synchronized 3m springboard (diving)
- Daryl Homer, Men’s individual sabre (fencing)
- Josh Prenot, Men’s 200m breaststroke (swimming)
- Nathan Adrian, Men’s 100m freestyle (swimming)
Phelps beats Lochte … for now: In the latest and last installment of the Michael Phelps-Ryan Lochte rivalry, Phelps finished first in the 200m individual medley semifinal while swimming right next to Lochte. Both advanced to the final tomorrow night.
Ledecky does it again: Katie Ledecky won her third gold medal, her fourth overall, by swimming a strong anchor leg in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay. When she entered the pool the U.S. trailed by a second. They won by more than a full second.
Age is just a number: At nearly 43 years old, American took home gold in cycling on Wednesday. It’s her third straight gold medal in the event.
A scare from down under: The USA men’s basketball team trailed at halftime, butrallied for a 10-point win against a tough Australia team, which featured five NBA players. The two teams could meet again in the gold medal game.
By a fingernail: In an incredibly close race, Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandin won gold just ahead of American Josh Prenot. It was the first swimming medal in Kazakhstan’s history.