Michael Phelps Wins 19th Gold Medal; Katie Ledecky Sets World Record


Day Two of the Summer Olympics in Rio is now in the books. American swimming stars Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky added to their medal collections on the second day of the Games of the 31stOlympiad. Phelps captured his 19th career gold medal as part of the four-by-100-meter freestyle relay team; and Ledecky broke her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle. Here’s a rundown of some other big moments:

  • In women’s gymnastics, Americans Simone Biles and Aly Raisman are into the all-around final. Biles and Raisman finished 1-2 in the individual all-around standings. Fellow American Gabby Douglas came in third, but the 2012 Olympic champion will not get to defend her title because no more than two competitors can represent each nation in the final.
  • The U.S. women’s basketball team is off to a record-setting start in Rio. The Americans slammed Senegal, 121-56, in their first preliminary-round game. Team USA set new Olympic records for total points and margin of victory. The women are right back in action against Spain today. The U.S. men will also square off with Venezuela.
  • Day Two was a stunning one on the tennis courts. Men’s top seedNovak Djokovic [[JOKE-uh-vitch]] was a first-round loser to Juan Martin del Potro. Venus and Serena Williams were also knocked out of the doubles tournament after suffering their first career Olympic loss.

For the record? The U.S. sits alone atop the medal count standings. The Americans have collected 12 total medals, including three gold, five silvers and four bronze. The U.S. picked up seven total medals on Day Two alone. China is in second place in the standings with eight medals. Australia is third with six medals overall.

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