Olympics 2016: What Was Your Favorite Moment From Day 7 of the Rio Games?

Katie Ledecky of Team USA made Summer Olympics history on Friday, becoming the first woman since Debbie Meyer of the 1968 Mexico Games to secure the gold medal in the 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyle finals.

The swimmer’s stamina throughout the 800-meter event was simply astonishing. Not only did she break her own record (again!) by completing the race with a time of 8:04.79, but she finished her swim nearly 12 seconds before second-place finisher Jazz Carlin of Great Britain. Her time in Rio comes to an end with four gold medals, one silver and immeasurable anticipation for her next go-round in the Olympic games.

Further supporting Beyoncé’s hypothesis that it’s indeed girls who run the world, Maya DiRado of Team USA also clinched gold in the 200-meter backstroke final. Her victory — the last before her retirement — was considered unlikely against Hungary’s “Iron Lady” Katinka Hosszu, who ultimately came in second. As for the guys? In what can only be described as a major upset, Joseph Schooling of Singapore beat Michael Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly final. Instead of garnering his 23rd gold medal, Phelps nabbed the silver in a three-way tie with South Africa’s Chad Le Clos and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh.

Here are some other buzzed-about moments from Day 7 of the Rio games:

* OK, let’s just get our least favorite moment out of the way: The U.S. women’s soccer team, led by Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan, was eliminated in a quarterfinal game versus Sweden after a stunning shootout loss.

* In the men’s tennis doubles final, Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez of Spain defeated Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau of Romania 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

* As Day 1 of Track & Field came to a close, key qualifiers for the women’s 100-meter semifinal included Team USA’s Tori Bowie, English Gardner and Tianna Bartoletta, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica.

* The U.S. women’s basketball team continued their 45-game (!) winning streak versus Canada, beating our neighbors to the North 81-51. Meanwhile, the men’s team barely defeated Serbia with a final score of 94-91.

* In women’s beach volleyball, the United States’ Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross advanced to the quarterfinals, blanking Italy 2-0 in just outside of 30 minutes.

What was your favorite moment of this day of Olympic competition? What are you most looking forward to in the games? Let us know in the comments!

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13 Comments
  1. Hellenic78 says:

    3 way tie for silver? That’s amazing.

  2. Didier2277 says:

    I’m going to say the Irish brothers who won silver in the 200m rowing this morning. Delighted for them and they have been very entertaining in the interviews they have given throughout the games.

    • murley says:

      Absolutely! The brothers from Cork and their delightful and quintessentially Irish response to everything! So thrilled for Ireland’s first medal and I can’t stop watching their interviews and crying laughing!!

  3. Clara says:

    Katie Ledecky is amazing! I can’t wait to see how her career unfolds. Watching her break WR after WR is endlessly fascinating. I wish the women’s 1500m was an Olympic event.

  4. Hank hill says:

    Go Kerri! Point Stanford!

  5. JB says:

    Anthony Ervin’s win in the 50 Free was the best!!! Take that youngsters!!!

  6. JEF says:

    A tough one but I’ll pick Dirado for tonight!

  7. LynnH says:

    Lots of great stuff on Friday. These were two of my favorites: 1) Michelle Carter aka “Shot Diva” is now the first U.S. woman to win Olympic shot put gold! Her dad/coach, Michael Carter, won a silver in shot put, Los Angeles 1984, then went on to play for the San Francisco 49ers and win three rings! He’s the only athlete to win both a Super Bowl ring and an Olympic medal within 12 months. AND, now the Carters are the first father-daughter team to capture individual-event medals in Olympic track and field history. Google Michelle Carter Shot Diva and you’ll find out what a fantastic person she is. 2) Women’s Trampoline! First, I can’t believe how high they fly! Canada’s Rosie MacLennan won her second consecutive Olympic gold medal, the first repeat in the sport. Britain’s Bryony Page was overjoyed with the silver. She’s now the first British woman to win an Olympic trampoline medal!

  8. LADY_in_MD says:

    Can I just say that Hope Solo is a sore loser! What she said was not right and very childish

    Katie Ledecky is such an amazing swimmer can’t wait to see her again in 4 years!

  9. Chad says:

    Rosie MacLennan winning the gold medal and successfully defending her Olympic title in Women’s Trampoline was the best moment. Along with seeing the U.S. Women’should soccer team losing.

  10. wgsecretary says:

    It’s disappointing that Phelps didn’t get another gold, but that was a close race. It was definitely a nailbiter. It was good to see Phelps be classy and hug it out with Le Clos despite Le Clos trying to psyche him out in their previous race where Phelps soundly beat everyone.

    But, one of the best moments of the games so far was the ending of the Women’s 800 Free. When the camera was showing Ledecky in the lead, you couldn’t even see the other swimmers in the frame! I think the cameramen tried, but they just couldn’t even get everyone in the frame. Winning with a 12 second lead was amazing! I’m starting to think that lady isn’t human! ;)

    • Eurydice says:

      And not only were they not in the frame, when Katie was halfway down the pool the rest were still swimming in the opposite direction.