Friday, August 12, 2016

XXXI Olympic Summer Games, Rio 2016 (Day 7)


1. United States 16 gold medals, 12 silver 10 bronze (38 total)
2. China 11, 8, 12 (31)
3. Japan 7, 2, 13 (22)
4. Great Britain 6, 6, 6 (18)
5. Australia 5, 5, 6 (16)
6. South Korea 5, 3, 4 (12)
7. Germany 5, 3, 1 (9)
8. Hungary 5, 1, 1 (7)
10. Italy 3, 6, 4 (13)
11. France 3, 4, 5 (12)
12. Kazakhstan 2, 2, 3 (7)
13. Netherlands 2, 2, 2 (6)
14. Thailand 2, 1, 1 (4)
T15. Spain 2, 0, 1 (3)
T15. Switzerland 2, 0, 1 (3)
17. Croatia 2, 0, 0 (2)
18. New Zealand 1, 5, 0 (6)
19. Canada 1, 2, 5 (8)
20. Sweden 1, 2, 1 (4)
T21. Belgium 1, 1, 1 (3)
T21. Brazil 1, 1, 1 (3)
T21. Slovenia 1, 1, 1 (3)
T24. Colombia 1, 1, 0 (2)
T24. Slovakia 1, 1, 0 (2)
T24. Vietnam 1, 1, 0 (2)
T27. Poland 1, 0, 2 (3)
T27. Chinese Taipei 1, 0, 2 (3)
T29. Czech Republic 1, 0, 1 (2)
T29. Ethiopia 1, 0, 1 (2)_
T32. Argentina 1, 0, 0 (1)
T32. Fiji 1, 0, 0 (1)
T32. Kosovo 1, 0, 0 (1)
T32. Kuwait 1, 0, 0 (1)
T32. Romania 1, 0, 0 (1)
37. South Africa 0, 3, 1 (4)
38. North Korea 0, 2, 2 (4)
T39. Denmark 0, 2, 1 (3)
T39. Ukraine 0, 2, 1 (3)
T41. Azerbaijan 0, 2, 0 (2)
T41. Indonesia 0, 2, 0 (2)
T43. Georgia 0, 1, 1 (2)
T43. Lithuania 0, 1, 1 (2)
T45. Ireland 0, 1, 0 (1)
T45. Kenya 0, 1, 0 (1)
T45. Malaysia 0, 1, 0 (1)
T45. Mongolia 0, 1, 0 (1)
T45. Philippines 0, 1, 0 (1)
T45. Turkey 0, 1, 0 (1)
T51. Egypt 0, 0, 2 (2)
T51. Norway 0, 0, 2 (2)
T51. Uzbekistan 0, 0, 2 (2)
T54. Cuba 0, 0, 1 (1)
T54. Estonia 0, 0, 1 (1)
T54. Israel 0, 0, 1 (1)
T54. Kyrgyzstan  0, 0 1 (1)
T54. Portugal 0, 0, 1 (1)
T54. Tunisia 0, 0, 1 (1)
T54. United Arab Emirates 0, 0, 1 (1)


  1. A very unpleasant stretch just ended.

    The USA men's water polo team lost to Montenegro. They are now 1-3, and probably won't make the quarter-finals.

    Two USA boxers were eliminated -- one in the semi-final, one in the quarter-final.

    The USA led 40-39 very late in its team foil semi-final against Russia, but its final fencer was crushed by his Russian opponent, and Russia won 45-41.

    OK! Now that's over. Let's try something else.

  2. Here's some good news: Kim Rhode of Whittier, California, just won a shoot-off against someone from China to get a bronze medal in women's skeet shooting. It is her SIXTH Olympic medal -- she won her first all the way back in 1996.

  3. Rhode is also the first athlete to win an Olympic medal on five different continents! She won in North America in 1996, in Australia in 2000, in Europe in 2004 and 2012, in Asia in 2008, and now in South America.

  4. Meanwhile, the USA women are going to a shootout against Sweden in their quarter-final match. If the soccer world would adopt my proposal -- and award the match to whichever team creates the most corner kicks -- USA would be big winners. We had 12 corners; the Swedes had only 3.

  5. Hey, it's the road walkers! I love this race. I think this is the 20K. They've been walking for an hour so far. I have no idea who's winning.

  6. And the USA are out of the women's football. What a debacle. They were 3-all on penalties with one round left, and the USA shooter kicked her penalty clear over the goal. That meant the last Swedish shooter just had to make her shot for the win -- which she did.

    I hate soccer, and I hate penalty kicks much more than I hate the rest of soccer.

    1. In any shootout, there's always at least one person who misses completely, and I am almost always rooting for that person.

      AUUGHHHH!!! I hate soccer. What an awful day for the Americans.

      Meanwhile, someone from China has pulled away in the 20 KM walk.

  7. Sweden is coached by the woman who coached our team from 2007 to 2012. While she coached the USA, we won the gold medals in soccer in both 2008 and 2012. Now she may do the same for Sweden.

    1. We had 12 corner kicks and they had 3. If you have a sport where one team dominates play to that extent -- and the dominant team still can't win -- then that is a deeply flawed sport.

  8. Oh, great. China gets gold and silver in the 20 KM walk. I may switch over to the Cardinals and the Cubs.

  9. Now over to Chicago, where the Cubs have won 10 straight. They are five games ahead of the National League and 13 games ahead of the Cardinals. They lead 2-0 in the top of the 2d.

  10. Man, the Cubs are playing great. They were struggling before the All-Star Break, but they are rolling again now. They're up 4-0 in the bottom of the second.

    They were playing like this when Washington went up there in early May. They drilled us four straight: 5-2, 8-6, 8-5, 4-3. It wasn't that close. I thought they were the best National League team I'd seen in years, and they are looking like that right now.

  11. Cubs now up 7-0 in the bottom of the second. Good night!

  12. The Team USA women's volleyball team beats Italy, three sets to one. The United States is now 4-0 in Pool B play, with one more match to play, against 2-2 China on Sunday.

    Again, the London 2012 medalist in women's volleyball were Brazil, Team USA and Japan. Both Brazil and Japan are in Pool A. Four teams from each of the two pools advance to the single-elimination medals tournament, which is played every other day Aug. 16-20. Team USA has won three silver medals and one bronze in Olympic women's volleyball.

    Karch Kiraly, the United States' coach, is 55 years old. I thought he was actually younger than us. Anyway, he's from Jackson, Michigan, and he went to UCLA. He won gold as a player with the indoor volleyball team at Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 and in beach volleyball at Atlanta 1996.

    1. I watched the end of this match with Italy, by the way, at a Kempf's Donut Bank in Evansville, Indiana, and its sign outside reads:

      ON YOUR

      This makes me very happy to see.

  13. OK, some days you just have to keep grinding. The USA picks up a hard-fought bronze in men's archery, and another in team dressage. Every one counts.

    1. USA: 16 + 12 + 14 = 42
    2. CHN: 12 + 9 + 14 = 35
    3. JPN: 7 + 2 + 14 = 23
    4. GBR: 6 + 8 + 6 = 20
    5. RUS: 4 + 8 + 8 = 20

  14. GBR is on pace to win more medals than any EU country for the third summer Olympics in a row.

  15. British sports has been getting better and better over the last few decades. There was a period after World War II in which Britain was quite bad at all sports other than soccer. Even there, the Brits saw their historic dominance fade away.

    But things have gotten much better. They used to always lose the Ryder Cup; now they always win it. They have Andy Murray to win Wimbledon. They have the best Olympic program in Europe (except for Russia). They've beaten Australia in several recent Ashes matches. England's soccer team still under-performs -- but their club teams are great, and Wales just had a great run in the European championships. England is still the only country to win the World Cup in both soccer and rugby. So good for them.

  16. Meanwhile, the Gold Zone has decided to torment me with another team fencing match, this time against Italy.

  17. A final from women's basketball:

    USA 81 - 51 CAN

  18. Meanwhile, Madison Keys finally gets to play at night. She is up against Angelique Kerber of Germany in the women's semi-finals. Kerber is really good -- she won the Australian Open this year, and reached the final at Wimbledon.

  19. Now they're doing that cycling race where they both go really slow until the end. I never understand what that's all about.

    1. There is an advantage to being behind your opponent. Think of it as playing hot box.

  20. In the men's basketball, DeMarcus Cousins -- one of my all-time favorite athletes -- just had a breakaway dunk! After two minutes, the USA leads Serbia 8-0.

  21. Medal Count:

    1. USA: 16 + 12 + 15 = 43
    2. CHN: 13 + 9 + 14 = 36
    3. JPN: 7 + 3 + 15 = 25
    4. GBR: 7 + 8 + 6 = 21
    5. RUS: 4 + 9 + 8 = 21

  22. So far today, the USA has been eliminated from women's soccer and picked up five bronze medals:

    Boxing -- Men's Light Fly -- Nico Hernandez
    Shooting -- Women's Skeet -- Kim Rhode
    Equestrian -- Team Dressage
    Archery -- Men's Individual -- Brady Ellison
    Fencing -- Team Men's Foil

  23. Halfway through the first quarter in men's basketball:

    USA 14 - 2 SRB

  24. For this game, Coach K started Paul George instead of Klay Thompson. With 1 minute left in the first:

    USA 27 - 9 SRB

  25. I knew the Serbs wouldn't give up. With 3 minutes left before half:

    USA 44 - 31 SRB

  26. The Cubs beat St. Louis 13-2. Ouch! Cubs now have an 11-game winning streak.

  27. Ah, the FIBA officials have learned their lesson from the game against Australia. Carmelo Anthony was given three quick fouls and he has no points in this game.

    1. Actually he has one point. But no field goals. At the half:

      USA 50 - 41 SRB

  28. OK, I'm taking a break. A long and grinding day.

  29. It is so great that Katie Ledecky is on Team USA.

  30. The women's 800m freestyle swimming final is happening right now, and Katie Ledecky of Washington, D.C., has two or three lengths to go. She's about half a pool ahead of the rest of the field.

  31. Fifty meters to go, and Katie Ledecky is two seconds ahead of her own world-record pace.

  32. Gold goes to Ledecky and the United States--just as at London 2012.

    Great Britain wins silver; Hungary, bronze.

  33. Katie Ledecky will go home from Rio with four gold medals and one silver. Ledecky is 19. She's going to Stanford starting this fall.

  34. Now Maya DiRado, 23-year-old San Francisco, comes on for her second gold-medal ceremony. She won the women's 200m backstroke tonight. Second place went to Hungary's Katinka Hosszú, and I'm stunned anyone beat this woman in anything. Hosszú had already won three gold medals in Rio.

    DiRado also went to Stanford, and Wikipedia says she's starting a job this fall as a business analyst with McKinsey & Company.

    McKinsey & Company ‏@McKinsey
    "Fifteen years ago there were four modern bike-share systems in the world; now there are around 900."
    10:28 AM - 12 Aug 2016

  35. The men's 50m freestyle draws giant, muscular men who thrash violently for somewhere in the 21-/22-23-second range and across one length of the pool. Because it is such a short race, there is very little separation among the swimmers. A line of turbulent water moves quickly down the pool, and every once in a while you see a swim cap bob out of the waves. Then everybody touches the wall within fractions of a second of each other, and you wait for the sensors to tell you who got the medals. Tonight's winners ...

    Gold: 35-year-old Anthony Ervin of Valencia, California
    Silver: 25-year-old Florent Manaudou of Villeurbanne, France
    Bronze: 27-year-old Nathan Adrian of Bremerton, Washington

    That's a terrific pickup for Team USA. Manaudou won the gold in London, and the United States won a silver.

  36. I had never heard the Singaporean national anthem: "Let us, people of Singapore, together progress toward happiness."

    I don't remember watching Michael Phelps accept any Olympic medal other than gold. But, indeed, in addition to winning 22 gold medals, Phelps has won five other medals (three silver and two bronze) during his Olympic career. One of the silvers came in tonight's men's 100m butterfly. Phelps and two of his longest-standing rivals, South Africa's Chad Le Clos and Hungary's László Cseh, tied for silver. It's the first time three swimmers have tied for the same Olympic medal, NBC said.

    The gold went to 21-year-old Joseph Schooling of Singapore--the first ever for the country. "When he was 13, he met swimmer Michael Phelps prior to the 2008 Summer Olympics," says Schooling's Wikipedia page.

  37. That leaves medals in six swimming events to still be awarded in Rio:

    -- men's 1500 meter freestyle tomorrow (China, Canada and Tunisia won gold, silver and bronze, respectively, in London);

    -- men's 4×100 metre medley relay tomorrow (Phelps and Team USA, Japan and Australia);

    -- women's 50 meter freestyle tomorrow (Netherlands, Belarus and Netherlands);

    -- women's 4×100 metre medley relay tomorrow (United States, Australia and Japan);

    -- women's marathon 10km (Hungary, United State and Italy), and

    -- men's marathon 10km Tuesday (Tunisia, Germany and Canada).

  38. Hey, outstanding! The United States won the women's shot put today! Michelle Carter, a 30-year-old who was born in San Jose, California, and grew up in Red Oak, Texas, won the gold on her last throw. Her father, Michael, won shot-put silver at Los Angeles 1984--and then played in two Super Bowl wins as a 49ers defensive lineman.

  39. So, Team USA got to 20 gold medals today. That's seven ahead of second-place China.

  40. Here are the countries that won the most gold medals per sport at London 2012 ...

    Diving: China
    Swimming: United States
    Synchronized swimming: Russia
    Water polo: Croatia and United States
    Archery: South Korea
    Athletics: United States
    Badminton: China
    Basketball: United States
    Boxing: Great Britain
    Canoeing: Germany
    Cycling: Great Britain
    Equestrian: Great Britain
    Fencing: Italy
    Field hockey: Netherlands
    Soccer: Mexico and United States
    Gymnastics: China
    Handball: France and Norway
    Judo: Russia
    Modern Pentathlon: Czech Republic and Lithuania
    Rowing: Great Britain
    Sailing: Australia
    Shooting: South Korea
    Table tennis: China
    Taekwondo: Spain
    Tennis: United States
    Triathlon: Great Britain
    Volleyball: Brazil
    Weightlifting: China
    Wrestling: Russia

  41. Men’s golf through two rounds:

    1. Marcus Fraser, Australia, -10
    2. Thomas Pieters, Belgium, -9
    3. Henrik Stenson, Sweden, -8
    T5. Grégory Bourdy, France, -6
    T5. Justin Rose, Great Britain, -6

    Matt Kuchar is top American, at 3-under.

  42. The April Ross-Kari Walsh Jennings beach-volleyball team advances to Sunday's quarterfinals with a two-sets-to-zero victory over an Italian team. Walsh Jennings was part of the gold-medal winning team at London 2012; Ross, the silver-winning team.