Sunday, August 14, 2016

One Last Time (And Two First Times)

The 2012 Olympics were supposed to be the last Olympiad not just for Michael Phelps but also for cyclist Kristin Armstrong, who came back to compete in Rio at the same time she turned 43.  Although she didn't finish the women's road race, she struck time-trial gold in that event, her third straight Olympic gold medal in the time trials.
And the Phelpster?  He won his twenty-third Olympic gold medal and his twenty-eighth Olympic medal overall as part of the U.S. team in the men's 4x100 relay swimming medley . . . right after the American women (including Simone Manuel) won the same race on their side.
I just have one thing to say to both of them . . ..  You sure you both want to retire now? :-D  
And here are some interesting firsts for swimming: Pernille Blume of Denmark won her country's first swimming gold medal in the 50-meter women's freestyle and Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy won the gold in the 1500-meter "metric mile" freestyle - which was Italy's first gold medal in that event. His fellow countryman Gabriele Detti took the bronze, while American Connor Jaeger took the silver and set a new U.S. record in the event.
Who won the women's metric mile freestyle? Uh, there is no such race in the Olympics.  Gee, maybe if there were - it is included in championships - maybe Italy would have won a gold in the 1500 free already.

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