When I think of the greatest female athlete of all time, names like Serena Williams, Billie Jean King, Steffi Graf, Cathy Freeman and Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee come to mind.
Michael Phelps has wrapped up a legendary Olympic career by claiming his fifth gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and 23rd overall as part of the USA’s winning men’s 4x100m medley relay team.
The USA team set a new Olympic Record with a time of 3:27.95, beating out the second-placed Great Britain team by more than a second. Australia claimed the bronze medal in the event, less than two seconds behind the USA.
It was a day of mixed results for Australia in the pool – while the Aussies added two more medals to their tally, neither was a gold, and so it wraps up something of a disappointing swimming campaign for Australia at Rio 2016.
The day began with the women’s 50m freestlye where it was hoped we’d see Cate and Bronte Campbell bounce back after their disappointing results earlier in the week.
It was not to be however. Cate finished fifth in what was a very tight race, just .08 seconds behind gold medallist Pernille Blume of Denmark. Bronte finished seventh.
However, the sisters did get to finish their Rio campaigns on something of a high as Australia claimed silver in the women’s 4x100m medley relay, finishing just under two seconds behind the USA team.
Mack Horton competed in the men’s 1500m freestyle but was more than fifteen seconds off the pace of Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri, who took out the gold with a time of 14:34.57. Horton finished in fifth.
That leaves Australia with a total of three gold medals coming from the swimming at Rio, two of the claimed on the first day of the meet, along with four silvers and three bronze.
Women’s 50m freestyle
Gold – Pernille Blume – Denmark – 24.07s
Silver – Simone Manuel – USA – 24.09s
Bronze – Aliaksandra Herasimenia – Belarus – 24.11s
Men’s 1500m freestyle
Gold – Gregorio Paltrinieri – Italy – 14:34.57
Silver – Connor Jaeger – United States – 14:39.48
Bronze – Gabriele Detti – Italy – 14:40.8
Women’s 4x100m medley relay
Gold – USA – 3:53.13
Silver – Australia – 3:55.00
Bronze – Denmark – 3:55.01
Men’s 4x100m medley relay
Gold – USA – 3:27.95
Silver – Great Britain – 3:29.24
Bronze – Australia – 3:29.93