Summer Olympics 2016: Predictions and Results for Day 2 Medal Events

Bleacher Report Olympics StaffFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2016

Summer Olympics 2016: Predictions and Results for Day 2 Medal Events

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    As we wrap up the action tonight in the pool, Katie Ledecky delivered a world record and the first of two gold medals for the United States at Day 2 of the 2016 Summer Olympics. A second gold in the pool came from Michael Phelps and the rest of the men in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.

    American Dana Vollmer won bronze in the women's 100-meter butterfly tonight, as did Cody Miller in the men's 100-meter butterfly and Leah Smith in the women's 400-meter freestyle.

    Elsewhere, the cycling road race carried plenty of emotion as American Mara Abbott was caught right before the finish line by Anna van der Breggen and two others. 

    Kosovo made history in judo as Majlinda Kelmendi won the nation's first-ever medal with a gold in the women's 52 kg division. 

    Click through to see predictions for today's action, as well as recaps for medal events as they finish.

Shooting: Women's 10-Meter Air Pistol

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    Mengxue Zhang secured China's first gold medal of the 2016 Olympics with a score of 199.4 in women's 10-meter air pistol, finishing ahead of Vitalina Batsarashkina of Russia and Anna Korakaki, who became the first woman from Greece to ever win an individual medal in a shooting event.

    Zhang's victory extends China's gold-medal streak in the event to three straight Olympics, following in the footsteps of Wenjun Guo, who won in Beijing in 2008 and London four years ago.

    Gold: Mengxue Zhang, China

    Silver: Vitalina Batsarashkina, Russia

    Bronze: Anna Korakaki, Greece

Shooting: Women's Trap

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    Catherine Skinner converted 12 of her 15 shots in the women's shooting 10-meter trap final to earn a gold medal for Australia. 

    Skinner won the gold medal 12-11 over Natalie Rooney of New Zealand in a tense championship match. 

    Skinner, competing in her first Olympics, won her first medal, while the Australians claimed their third gold of these Games. 

    American Corey Cogdell won a five-shot playoff over Spain's Fatima Galvez to secure bronze. Cogdell is the wife of Chicago Bears defensive end Mitch Unrein. 

    Gold: Catherine Skinner, Australia 

    Silver: Natalie Rooney, New Zealand

    Bronze: Corey Cogdell, United States 

Cycling: Women's Road Race

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    Just like the men's event Saturday, the women's cycling road race Sunday featured plenty of drama on the final descent. 

    Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands appeared to have gold locked up, but she crashed hard on a turn and never recovered.

    With Van Vleuten struggling on the ground, American Mara Abbott surged past her into the lead. However, Abbott could not hold onto first place in the final kilometer.

    Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands led the chasing group of three riders past Abbott on the final stretch to capture gold in front of Emma Johansson of Sweden and Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy. Abbott, who ran out of gas at the end, finished fourth—four seconds behind the medalists. 


    Gold: Anna van der Breggen, Netherlands

    Silver: Emma Johansson, Sweden

    Bronze: Elisa Longo Borghini, Italy 

Diving: Women's Synchronized Springboard

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    Wu Minxia captured her fourth consecutive gold medal in the women's three-meter synchronized springboard Sunday.

    Wu—who also has one individual gold, silver and bronze to her name—and Shi Tingmao blew away the competition, winning by nearly 32 points. The Chinese pair recorded a total score of 345.60. 

    Italy's Tania Cognotto and Francesca Dallape earned silver with a score of 313.83. They secured second with a stellar dive worth 74.70 points on the final of five leaps.

    The fight for bronze was a tight one, as Australia's Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith edged Canada's Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware by 0.87 points.

    Gold: China

    Silver: Italy

    Bronze: Australia

Weightlifting: Women's 53 Kg

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    Favorite Shu-Ching Hsu of Chinese Taipei won gold in the women's 53-kilogram weightlifting competition Sunday. 

    The silver medalist from London lifted a total of 212 kilograms to earn the gold medal for her country.

    Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines was the only other lifter to get 200 kilos over her head.

    South Korea's Jin Hee Yoon captured bronze with a total lift of 199 kilos.

    Gold: Shu-Ching Hsu, Chinese Taipei

    Silver: Hidilyn Diaz, Philippines

    Bronze: Jin Hee Yoon, South Korea 

Judo: Women's 52 Kg

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    Kosovo didn't have to wait long for its first-ever gold medal in its first Olympics.

    Majlinda Kelmendi earned that and first place with a victory in the women's 52 kg judo final over Odette Guiffrida of Italy. 

    As the final buzzer sounded, Kelmendi and the Kosovan fans in attendance erupted in celebration of the massive achievement for the nation. 

    Misato Nakamura of Japan and Natalia Kuziutaina won the two bronze-medals matches. 

    Gold: Majlinda Kelmendi, Kosovo

    Silver: Odette Guiffrida, Italy 

    Bronze: Misato Nakamura, Japan

    Bronze: Natalia Kuziutina, Russia

Archery: Women's Team Competition

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    South Korea continued its dominance in women's team archery by defeating Russia 5-1 in the event final Sunday.

    South Korea won its eighth consecutive gold medal in the competition—a streak that dates back to the debut of team archery events at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

    South Korea won the first two sets before splitting the final one.

    Chinese Taipei earned the bronze medal with a 5-3 victory over Italy. 

    Gold: South Korea

    Silver: Russia

    Bronze: Chinese Taipei

Fencing: Men's Foil

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    Daniele Garozzo sprinted off the fencing stage before he was declared the winner in the men's individual foil final Sunday.

    The Italian denied American Alex Massialas to win the gold-medal bout 15-11.

    Massialas, who made a terrific comeback in the quarterfinals to advance to the medal rounds, earned the first individual men's fencing medal for the United States since 1984.

    Timur Safin of Russia claimed bronze by beating Richard Kruse of Great Britain 15-13. 

    Gold: Daniele Garozzo, Italy 

    Silver: Alex Massialas, United States

    Bronze: Timur Safin, Russia 

Judo: Men's 66 Kg

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    Fabio Basile earned Italy's second gold medal in Rio with a victory in the men's 66 kg final in judo.

    Basile defeated gold-medal favorite An Baul of South Korea to move Italy's total medal count to seven. 

    Uzbekistan's Rishod Sobirov edged Adrian Gomboc in the Bronze Medal A match, while Masashi Ebinuma of Japan took down Antonie Bouchard of Canada in the Bronze Medal B bout.

    Gold: Fabio Basile, Italy

    Silver: An Baul, South Korea 

    Bronze: Rishod Sobirov Uzbekistan

    Bronze: Masashi Ebinuma, Japan 

Weightlifting: Men's 56 Kg

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    It was a battle of the last two Olympic champions for the gold in men’s 56 kg weightlifting.

    China's Long Qingquan was only 17 when he won gold in Beijing in 2008. He bested the 2012 gold medalist Om Yun-chol of North Korea with a world record total of 307 kg in Rio on Sunday.

    Long led after the snatch with 137 kg, then set an Olympic record with his 170 kg clean and jerk for a total lift of a world record 307 kg.

    Om earned silver with a 134 kg snatch and a 169 kg clean and jerk on his third attempt to list 303 kg.

    After medal favorite Thach Kim Tuan failed to record a good lift in the clean and jerk, the bronze was claimed by Sinphet Kruaithong of Thailand, who lifted 289 kg.

    Gold: Long Qingquan, China

    Silver: Om Yun-chol, North Korea

    Bronze: Sinphet Kruaithong, Thailand

Swimming: Women's 100-Meter Butterfly

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    No surprise here: Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom took down the world record to grab gold in Rio with a time of 55.48 seconds.

    The silver medalist was a surprise. Canada's Penny Oleksiak, who already won a bronze in the 4x100-meter relay for Canada on Saturday, came second with the seventh-fastest time in history and set a world junior record. She also beat out 2012 Olympic gold medallist Dana Vollmer of the USA, who took bronze in a time of 56.63.

    Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen, who won silver at last year's World Championship, finished well out of the medals in eighth place.

    Gold: Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden

    Silver: Penny Oleksiak, Canada

    Bronze: Dana Vollmer, United States

Swimming: Men's 100-Meter Breaststroke

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    Adam Peaty of Great Britain set his second record of the 2016 Summer Olympics as he obliterated the field in the men's 100-meter breaststroke. Peaty's time was 57.13, more than 1.5 seconds ahead of silver medalist Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa, who swam 58.69.

    Cody Miller of the United States was third and captured the bronze with an American record at 58.87, while Kevin Cordes finished fourth in 59.22

    Gold: Adam Peaty, Great Britain

    Silver: Cameron van der Burgh, South Africa

    Bronze: Cody Miller, United States

Swimming: Women's 400-Meter Freestyle

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    Katie Ledecky obliterated the field to bring home the first gold medal in the pool for the United States of this Olympiad. Ledecky set a world record with a time of 3:56:46, nearly two seconds better than her previous record, to lead her competitors by nearly five seconds.

    Jazz Carlin of Great Britain captured silver in 4:01.23, while Leah Smith of the United States earned bronze with a time of 4:01.92.

    Gold: Katie Ledecky, USA

    Silver: Jazz Carlin, Great Britain

    Bronze: Leah Smith, USA

Swimming: Men's 4x100-Meter Freestyle Relay

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    Once again, Michael Phelps and his teammates from the United States proved that they're the team to beat in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay.

    After France swam an impressive first leg, Phelps took the lead for the United States with his exquisite underwater technique, then Nathan Adrian brought it home in the anchor leg.

    The win is the 19th Olympic gold medal for Michael Phelps!

    Gold: United States

    Silver: France

    Bronze: Australia


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