Olympic 2016 Results: Friday's Medal Winners, Highlights for Each Event

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2016

The U.S. celebrates its victory in the 4 x 100 meter relay.
The U.S. celebrates its victory in the 4 x 100 meter relay.Matt Dunham/Associated Press

The United States was hoping for a repeat gold medal in the women's 4x100 race, and the Americans dominated rival Jamaica, winning with ease.

Tori Bowie had a huge lead when she took the baton on the anchor leg, and she sprinted home for the win. The United States won the event with a time of 41.01 seconds, the second-fastest time in Olympic history. Jamaica took second with a time of 41.36 seconds, while Great Britain finished third in 41.77 seconds.

In addition to Bowie, the other three runners included Allyson Felix, English Gardner and Tianna Bartoletta. Making the victory even more impressive is that the United States ran out of lane 1, where the angle of the track's curve is more intense and it usually harder to put on an impressive performance.

The women's 4x100 was one of many medal events on the day. Here's how those events played out, along with the current medal standings.

Day 14 Medal Winners at the Rio Olympics
Women's Singles BadmintonCarolin Marin, SpainP.V. Sindhu, IndiaNozomi Okuhara, Japan
Men's Doubles BadmintonChinaMalaysiaGreat Britain
Women's 20 KM WalkLiu Hong, ChinaMaria Guadalupe Gonzalez, MexicoLu Xiuzhi, China
Equestrian -- Individual JumpingNick Skelton, Great BritainPeder Fredricson, SwedenEric Lamaze, Canada
Women's Individual BMXMariana Pajon, ColombiaAlise Post, United StatesStefany Hernandez, Venezuela
Women's Field HockeyGreat BritainNetherlandsGermany
Women's SoccerGermanySwedenCanada
Women's Pole VaultEkateri Stefanidi, GreeceSandi Morris, United StatesEliza McCartney, New Zealand
Women's 5,000 MetersVivian Cheruiyot, KenyaHellen Onsando Obiri, KenyaAlmaz Ayana, Ethiopia
Men's 4 x 100JamaicaJapanCanada
Women's 4 x 100United StatesJamaicaGreat Britain
Men's Hammer ThrowDilshon Nazarov, TajikistanIvan Tsikhan, BelarusWojciech Nowicki, Poland
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The United States men were not as successful in their 4x100 race. The Americans were disqualified after finishing behind Usain Bolt and the Jamaican sprint team and the Japanese team, which took a surprising silver.

Bolt, running the anchor leg, won his ninth Olympic gold medal in the victory. He completed the "triple-triple," winning three gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Bolt joins Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi as the only track and field athletes to win nine gold medals in the Olympics.

The United States and Jamaica appeared to be very close throughout the majority of the first three legs of the race. However, toward the end of the third leg, the United States did not make a good pass of the baton.

That opened things up for Bolt, who took off in his usual manner and took the race by a significant margin. 

Japan also took advantage of the sloppy pass to work its way by the American team on the final leg.

Canada was awarded the bronze medal after the U.S. disqualification.

While there is one more game to go, the United States men's basketball team has at least clinched a silver medal after beating Spain 82-76 in the semifinal game.

Klay Thompson scored 22 points to lead Team USA to the victory. Neither Thompson nor any of his teammates are willing to settle for second place and the silver. 

They will be going for gold Sunday when the United States meets Serbia, which defeated Australia to get to the final.