Joseph Schooling Upstaged the Great Michael Phelps in the 100m Butterfly to Win Singapore’s First-Ever Olympic Gold Medal
Asian champion Schooling, 21, completed a wire-to-wire victory to deny Phelps a fourth successive title in the event, winning in a Games record 50.39sec. Phelps, the defending champion and world record holder, finished second in a three-way dead heat with two of his greatest rivals — South Africa’s Chad Le Clos and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh.
Ledecky Dominates Field for 800-Meter Gold
Katie Ledecky seems to only know one speed, which is — seemingly no matter the event — faster than everyone else in the world. In what is expected to be her final swim in Rio, Ledecky smoked the field by 11.38 seconds to claim gold in the women’s 800-meter freestyle for the second straight Olympics. In the process, Ledecky broke her own world record by more than two seconds, tackling 16 lengths of the pool at a stunning 8:04.79. She’ll leave Rio with four gold medals and one silver.
Men’s Basketball Survives Scare Against Serbia
After some tense moments in a 10-point win over Australia in their last game, Team USA’s effort against Serbia left little to be desired. The American NBA stars earned a 97-94 win, with Serbia missing a potential game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer. Denver Nuggets rising star Nikola Jokic had 25 points for Serbia, while Carmelo Anthony continued his strong Olympic performance with 27 points and eight assists. Team USA’s next matchup is Sunday against France.